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Joe Dante’s 1984 creature caper Gremlins is a holiday fixture here in the TNC office. Nothing gets us more into the Christmas spirit than a healthy dose of festive fear after all. And what’s more adorable than Gizmo? Better yet: what’s better than pint-sized, mischievous monsters causing havoc?
Criminally, it’s been 27 years since we were last treated to a Gremlins movie, but Gremlins: Recall is the next best thing.
Ryan Patrick’s fan film might not be the long-awaited third sequel we’ve been waiting for since 1990, but we ain’t complaining about new Gremlins content of any kind — especially when it’s as sincere and affectionate to Dante’s classic as this.
The story takes place 30 years after the events of the original movie, in society where the little buggers have been domesticated. That’s probably not going to turn out too well for unfit pet owners…
Check it out.
How good is that? Personally, I love the idea of the critters being kept as pets. If there’s money to be made, then why not? This has been a passion project of sorts for Patrick, and as you can see from the film he’s certainly someone who understands what makes the original films work. Check out what he had to say:
“I had the idea to make a Gremlins fan film for a while now. I always wanted it to be a touch campy, a touch b-movie in feel. It’s a careful balance, because you don’t want to just make a “bad” movie. The original Gremlins is a classic, but it was a constant discussion of how do we update the tone and feel of the movie while (hopefully) doing the original some justice.”
It’s inevitable that the Gremlins reboot will arrive at some point, and I hope it does sooner rather than later. In the meantime, though, as long as we have filmmakers like Patrick out there keeping the mogwai spirit alive, the future should be a bright place for little monsters.