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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Gremlins • Gremlins 2: The New Batch

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Gremlins 2: The New Batch • Member Bonus

“Well, it’s rather brutal here. We’re advising our clients to put everything they’ve got into canned food and shotguns.”

Joe Dante’s back with insanity and more gremlins

Looking at the tonal shift between the first Gremlins film and its 1990 sequel, it’s easy to think the studio was going off the rails trying to do something new. But when you look at the output of director Joe Dante and in particular his passion for Looney Tunes antics, plus his general disregard for the idea of a sequel to the first film anyway since he was it as providing a neat-and-tidy ending, Gremlins 2: The New Batch starts making a lot more sense. Is it perfect? No, but it is a lot of fun. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we return to our on-and-off holiday series with a chance to close out Dante’s Gremlins franchise with a discussion about Gremlins 2: The New Batch.

Here’s a hint at what we talk about.

This film is wack-a-doo. It’s got plenty of problems, particularly if you liked the first film and genuinely wanted more of it. But it’s also full of self-referential jokes, references to other films, and amazing effects work. It comments on commercialized society of the late 80s, on real estate tycoons, on need for entertainment. It’s full of things to discuss from start to finish.

The movie’s far from perfect, but allows for a ton of conversation. We both had a great time revisiting it so check it out then tune in. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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