Gremlins is a 1984 American comedy horror film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then spawns other creatures who transform into small, destructive, evil monsters. It was followed by a sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, released in 1990. In contrast to the lighter sequel, the original Gremlins opts for more black comedy, which is balanced against a Christmas-time setting. Both films were the center of large merchandising campaigns.
Randall "Randy" Peltzer (Hoyt Axton) is an inventor who is struggling to market his unusual and problem-plagued home appliances, including the handheld "Bathroom Buddy". While searching for a Christmas present for his teenage son Billy (Zach Galligan) in an old antique store in Chinatown, Randy comes across a small furry creature called a Mogwai which he tries to buy for his son. The owner of the store, Mr. Wing (Keye Luke), refuses to sell the Mogwai to Randy on the grounds that owning the Mogwai is a great responsibility. As Randy is leaving the store, Mr. Wing's grandson (John Louie) tells Randy to meet him outside, where he sells Randy the creature because Mr. Wing was in need of money. The grandson reminds Randy to follow three important instructions: never expose the Mogwai to bright lights, don't get it wet, and never feed it after midnight.
Randy takes the Mogwai -- giving it the name "Gizmo" -- to his family home in the town of Kingston Falls. Billy and Gizmo quickly bond. After a glass of water is accidentally spilled on Gizmo, five more Mogwai spawn from Gizmo's back. The five creatures seem much more mischievous than Gizmo. One of the creatures, who is named Stripe due to his white quiff of hair, seems quite menacing and acts as the leader to the other Mogwai. Billy takes Gizmo to his science teacher, Mr. Anderson, and shows his teacher how a drop of water causes a new Mogwai to be spawned. After Billy takes Gizmo home, Mr. Anderson keeps the sixth Mogwai in the school science lab, where he conducts tests on the creature. Back at Billy's house, the increasingly evil-seeming Mogwai sever the wires on the clock, thus tricking Billy into feeding them after midnight. After feeding, they become encased in cocoons. At the school, the sixth Mogwai eats some food left by Mr. Anderson early in the morning, and it too becomes encased in a cocoon.
Later, while Billy is out, the Mogwai hatch from their cocoons, and they are now reptilian-like Gremlins with sharp teeth and claws. The Gremlins are menacing and destructive. After the Gremlins attack Mrs. Peltzer, she kills three of them (blowing one up in a microwave) and the fourth is decapitated by Billy. The sixth Gremlin attacks Mr. Anderson and escapes. Stripe escapes to a nearby swimming pool in an YMCA centre and jumps into the water spawning a huge number of Gremlins who go on a rampage across the town with numerous casualties. Among them are Mr. and Mrs. Futterman, the local policemen, and the town's taxing menace Mrs. Deagle who is launched out of a window on a malfunctioning stair lift. Billy and Gizmo rescue Kate Beringer when the Gremlins overrun the town's bar.
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