Gizmo returns to Billy, who is now working in a NYC skyscraper, and chaos ensues when the Gremlins return and take over the building.
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Directed by Joe Dante
Written by Charles S. Haas
Starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover,
Dick Miller, Haviland Morris, Robert Prosky,
Robert Picardo, Christopher Lee, Jackie Joseph,
Gedde Watanabe, Howie Mandel, Tony Randall
Sequel to 1984's Gremlins
Gremlins 2 is an outrageous sequel that doubles down on the wackiness of the first film by featuring a host of celebrity cameos, an intriguing premise, and Gremlins with superpowers. That's right, you read that correctly. By going all out with a much bigger budget, the sequel, in my opinion, is just as good if not slightly better than the 80's classic. It's an insane film that is simply fun to watch, especially if you loved the first one.
After his home in Chinatown is demolished, Gizmo is captured by a genetics lab and taken to a state-of-the-art office building in New York City. There, he finds his old friend Billy (Zach Galligan), but unfortunately he ends up giving birth to a whole new batch of Gremlins. Even worse, when the Gremlins attack the lab, they end up with various powers. One can fly, one can turn into electricity, one is super smart, and one is now a spider. It's absolutely bonkers but wildly entertaining. There's a weird bit about halfway through where the Gremlins actually break the movie and only Hulk Hogan can threaten them hard enough. It's bizarre but totally fits the wacky tone.
Featuring John Glover and Christopher Lee in supporting roles, Gremlins 2: The New Batch is a fun movie that knows exactly what it is and never tries to take itself too seriously. It builds on the crazy world established with Gremlins and keeps the audience entertained through every second of it. I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.