Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (theater in 1984, cable, video, DVD, 24 Feb 2002, 28 Oct 2013 and 9 Sep 2019)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – An inventor buys his son a new and mysterious pet, but the strict and dangerous rules to safeguard things causes havoc in the small town.
My Take on it – This is a film that I have loved ever since I first saw it in the theater as a kid when I was 10.
This is a light comedy horror film that is right up my ally because it isn’t really scary and is so much fun from start to finish.
The story is paced extremely well and the plot is filled with lots of fun surprises along the way.
The film has a great tone to it and they do a wonderful job making it all have the look and feel of a pseudo horror film that is quite enjoyable and thrilling throughout.
Love the way of how they have a cute character like Gizmo spawn ferocious and deadly creatures says so much about the nature of people that can have a bit of evil just below the surface trying to get out.
Zach Galligan and Pheobe Cates are both great here in their roles and they even manage to make us care even more about them by the way each of their characters are developed along the way.
The true stars of the film tho are the creatures who manage to be so entertaining to watch.
The special effects are superbly done in this film to make us believe that these creatures could be real.
The music is also great and adds so much to the tone and feel of this film and it helps make it so enjoyable to take it all in.
Bottom Line – Great pseudo horror that gets things so right. The story moves along at a great pace and they do a wonderful job with throwing surprises into the mix along the way. The tone of the film is perfectly chosen and it is reminiscent of a horror film, yet has enough light touches that it still stays fun and enjoyable throughout. The way that a cute character like Gizmo can spawn horrible ones is done really well and is further proof of how we all have a bit of evil inside of us trying to get out. Galligan and Cates are both fine in their roles, but the true stars of this film are the creatures. The effects are expertly done and the music adds so much to this film in order to make it so enjoyable to watch unfold. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The set for Kingston Falls is the same one used for Back to the Future (1985). Both movies were filmed in the Universal Studios backlot. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)
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