was a cult classic horror film released in 1984.
The movie starred Zach Galligan as Billy Peltzer, Phoebe
Cates as Kate Beringer, and Corey Feldman as Pete
Fountaine. Reviews of the movie were mixed,
although some heavy hitters, such as Roger Ebert, like
the movie. Ultimately it was a huge box office
success, and popular enough to warrant a sequel in 1990
(Gremlins 2: The New Batch).
the original, a father buys a little furry animal in
Chinatown as a Christmas gift for his son, Zach, called
a Mogwai. Before
he leaves, he is given a few rules to follow in caring
for the creature: keep it away from the light, do
not get it wet, and do not feed it after midnight.
After giving the Mogwai to his son for his birthday, all
these rules are quickly broken, and "Gizmo" soon
reproduces into an entire contingent of Mogwai after
Gizmo gets wet.
These new little
Mogwai's are very sneaky, and they trick Zach into
feeding them after midnight. The metamorphose into
lizard like, vicious creatures ("Gremlins"), with only
Gizmo remaining normal (he did not eat). Before
long, the Gremlins, having continued reproducing, take
over the entire town. In the end, Gizmo saves the
day by exposing the gremlins to sunlight. Gizmo
then is given back to the man in Chinatown, who knew how
to properly care for him.