In this edition of Movie Battles, three nasties go head to head in an all out battle to the theatrical death. Who wins? Find out here.
Gremlins (1984 – directed by Joe Dante)Lying somewhere between a science fiction horror thriller and a screwball Looney Toons inspired comedy, writer Chris Columbus (Home Alone) and director Joe Dante’s career defining classic Gremlins continues to enthrall moviegoers to this day with its goofy, unpredictable mixture of laughter and terror. Utilizing the Christmas season for maximum dark irony, Gremlins concerns a young bank teller in small town Kingston Falls named Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan) who receives a strange Christmas present in the form of a pet called a Mogwai. A cute, furry little creature nicknamed Gizmo (voiced with great hilarity by Howie Mandel) is the perfect pet and companion for Billy with a small catch: Mogwai are averse to bright light (particularly sunlight), multiplies with water and has the capacity to transform into an evil, destructive creature if fed after midnight. Naturally, Billy has trouble sticking to the rules and inadvertently unleashes pandemonium on the helpless town. Playing the rom-com aesthetic of the small town décor and carnivalesque fixtures inhabiting it against the grotesquerie and gross-out gags of its titular mischief makers, Dante has created an endlessly fun roller coaster ride where the tone can shift from giggles to screams at the drop of a hat. It also established with Gizmo one of the most beloved icons of the 1980s and with E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial set the standard for the children’s cute movie heroes.
|"I wonder who is gonna win?"|
Critters (1986 – directed by Stephen Herek)
|"I really need to see a dentist."|
Tremors (1990 – directed by Ron Underwood)
|"Ummmm.....I think I have |
some kind of serious STD."
Watchmen VS. Avengers
-Andrew Kotwicki (introduction, Gremlins)
-Christopher S. Jordan (Critters, Tremors, verdict)