VIDEO: Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

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Good Bad Flicks presents a serious episode about a silly movie, as Cecil looks into what happened with the hilariously over the top Gremlins 2: The New Batch!

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  • Muthsarah

    Who says this is a bad movie? Who? I thought the only debate was “is this almost as good as the first one, or is it even better?” Not a hit, I get it. But I doubt this even has a rep as a bad movie. You just wanted to talk about it, didn’t you? :)

    I’m gonna hafta see it again to make up my mind; last time, I admired how much bigger the sequel was, so I’d say it’s easily the better-produced movie, but the first one is just so crazy, yet so simple. Like a Terminator/Terminator 2 thing, these are both perfect movies, but in different ways, and different genres. Gremlins was a monster movie with humor. Gremlins 2 could not be mistaken for anything but a glorious farce.

  • Richard Eriksson Hjelm

    Christopher lee was wonderful in this movie

    • When is he ever NOT wonderful in a movie?

      • Richard Eriksson Hjelm


  • CBob

    I remember not liking Gremlins II as much when I was a kid (well…teenager) because of how much it broke from the tone of the original, which IIRC was more like a straight horror movie, but for kids… which was and is still kind of unheard of. I haven’t actually seen either one since back then though, so they may both may be worth revisiting. Thanks!

    Regarding the creature effects, special mention should also go to artist Steve Wang. Rick Baker was the head of the creature FX shop and thus made most of the big decisions, but the actual look of the Gremlins II puppets came from Steve Wang’s sculpting and painting. He worked for a number of FX houses during the 80s and 90s, and his creatures are always highly recognizable because of his unique art style.

  • Alexa

    I actually would watch the sequel more than the original since they played it all the time on tv either early in the morning, the afternoon, or in the evenings on Fox or CBS. And because of this I actually prefer the sequel more than the first film. The first one is good but I have a blast when watching this one.

  • maarvarq

    This movie is one of the rare examples of a movie that surpassed the original, and overflows with great stuff, down to blink-and-you-miss-them gags (e.g. at a time when colourizing old movies was controversial – voice on PA: “Now on the Clamp Channel – Casablanca! In colour! And with a happy ending!”). Practically everything the brain gremlin says is gold.

  • The Horror Guru

    I fucking love this movie! ^_^

  • I’m surprised that no one mentioned the very beginning of the film where it looked like we were going to get a new Looney Tunes short to accompany the movie.

    For anyone who saw Gremlins 2, it was essentially the transition/segway into the rest of the film. As well as the first to feature voice actor Jeff Bergman who (much like fellow VAs Joe Alaskey, and Billy West after him since) would go on to be the voice of both Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck after the passing of their original VA, Mel Blanc a year before the release of this movie.

    Most recently, Mr. Bergman returned to voice both characters in the (now finished) Looney Tunes Show for Cartoon Network

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  • Moppet

    Sometimes I get flack for saying this, but in absolute and total honesty.. I love this movie, and I like it more than the original. I saw the original Gremlins, I like it, but I don’t own it. I own this movie. Even before I owned it, as a kid, I’d recorded it off T.V. (cutting out the commercials) onto a VHS tape. I used to laugh and giggle through the majority of this film, and it still makes me smile to this day. Also Rambo form Gizmo was one of the best things ever. This movie would be my definition of a tour de force.

    I’ll never understand the specifics of why this didn’t do better, in my mind good things should just do well, but, hey, I know that’s not necessarily how the world works. And that’s a sad thing.

  • Sofie Liv

    Man I love this movie so much.

    I love the effects, love the fun it has, love the mad-house. While the first one has a tighter story and execution, thus feels more like a tightly written movie. This one is just so much fun, it’s difficult making a movie that just goes off the walls like that and have it work, but it does.

    I’ve seen this movie a ton of times at least, of cause I got the DVD, duh. But yeah, it’s brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!

  • Thomas Stockel

    I echo what everyone else says; I love this movie. And I have to say I am so glad they didn’t make any human bad guys in this film, just at worst selfish or misguided ones. It would have been way too easy to have turned Glover, Picardo or Lee into villains looking to exploit the Gremlins and I’m glad to see they were sensible and instead went the way they did; it was refreshing.

  • Zee Panda

    This movie is amazing!! I don’t love the first Gremlins movie the way other people do – I know, I know, it’s a classic, but for me it was just kind of there – so I never had much interest in this one when it was first released. And then one night there was nothing else on I wanted to watch so I gave it a chance, and, wow. It really is great. The wit, the style, the fantastic performances from the actors…I just wish more people would give it a shot because it’s so much fun