Sunday, 28 January 2018

REVIEW: Gremlins 2 - The New Batch (1990) - Directed by Joe Dante! (January 2018)

Gremlins 2 - The New Batch (1990) - UK Blu-Ray Cover!

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) is a fun film! It was hard to follow up Gremlins (1984) - a Box Office Smash. G2 follows the same story-line, but on a BIGGER scale and sets it in New York City. However, this time, the gags and jokes are exploited in cartoon fashion with High Comedy Values! Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck even turn up in this fun Warner Bros Spin-off/Sequel from 1990. However, the Comedy and Cameos never stop, either... Hulk Hogan, John Wayne and many more make appearances in this sequel, which doesn't take things too serious!

Set in a giant futuristic office building, G2 sees the return of Billy and Kate as they re-unite with the cute little Gizmo character when the furry critter's owner passes away towards the start of the film! It isn't long before our pint-sized hero, Gizmo is exposed to water again and this causes trouble in the big city. New Mogwai and Gremlins are spawned ("NEVER GET THEM WET") - which can only mean chaos for the office building owner, Daniel Clamp and co-workers! The Gremlins are back and have found a mad scientist laboratory owner by a mad professor played by the late, legendary Christopher Lee! The evil creatures are now exposed to experimental potions which turn them all, individually into mutants like Giant Spiders, Electrical Parts, Vegetables and Talking Critters! It's madness, I tell you... MADNESS!! Will Gizmo save the day again with Billy and Kate?

I first saw this film in 1990 on the big screen with my Mum and Cousin that summer! I enjoyed it then, and even more now as the jokes will grow on you! Such a fun film, which has hit Cult Status! There were a few G2 Video-Game spin-offs too on Nes and Gameboy for Nintendo and even on Amiga and Commodore 64 in the day!

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