0% rotten tomatoes
100% leprechaun in space
Imaginative concept art by Chinese artist Zenshou Chen.
Here are some picture of what some of the most popular dog breeds look like as puppies.
I DEMAND EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM.
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Today I will discuss the virtues of tiny puppet monsters, with a spot light on the brilliant Gremlins 2. I reccomend the original as well but this is far superior expanding the range of gremlins and subverting the idea of a sequel. It is director Joe Dante’s crowning achievement in my eyes.
Our heroes Billy (Zach Galligan) and Kate (Phoebe Cates) return, this time working in a high tech tower run by a Trump/Ted Turner like mogul magnate played by John Glover. Also among the cast are Christopher Lee and Dick Miller. Gizmo also returns to spawn the Gremlins and eventually thwart them.
When Billy discovers an orphaned Gizmo he brings him to the tower, from there meta chaos is unleashed. The newly birthed Gremlins take chemicals from turning into spider, bat, vegetable, electricity, etc. variations. They wreck tv shows and businesses sending the building into lockdown and the city into emergency.
Eventually film itself is subverted and the movie must be restored with the help of Hulk Hogan. Anyway, you get the point. It would make a great addition to anyone’s Halloween watch list.
Gremlins 2 is available through Amazon streaming, but not Netflix. The movie is also on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Critters (1986-1993): The Crites escape from an intergalactic prison and from there they star in four movies ranging from a small town on Earth, an apartment and back to space to end the series with a whimper. They bit, poke with spines, merge into a giant ball and crack jokes. Their only true foe are shapeshifting space bounty hunters and a dim whitted man.
The first movie is on Amazon streaming and there is a DVD set containing all four movies in the Critters saga.
Ghoulies (1985-1994): The Ghoulies also share similarities with the gremlins and crites. However they are the product of demonic powers and are known for emerging from toilets. The ghoulies have terrorized parties, attacked a carnival, gone to college and whatever happens in that first movie.
The first three movies can be found on DVD, but good luck finding that fourth one.
I’m kicking off my horror movie recomendation sereis early. Partly since this is to suggest movies to people and partly because I’ll be out of town a few days in October. But this the first entry of 31.
Graveyard Shift (1990)
Expanding a very short Stephen King short story will be a theme of a few movies on this list. Released in the early 90s and directed by Ralph S. Singleton and starring David Andrews, Stephen Macht, Kelly Wold and Brad Dourif. It centered around an old mill and it’s old problem with rats.
The performances are serviceable enough, David Andrews is serviceable enough as the drifter hero. Stephen Macht is the mill foreman with an evil Maine droll and Kelly Wold is the love interest. Brad Dourif is the one who shines as an unhinged exterminator with a history of rats. But he is not in the movie for very long.
Our main plot kicks in when the works of the mill are given the option for extra pay to clean the underbelly of the rotting building. From there the workers go deeper and deeper into the heart of terror.
The highlight of the movie are the rat encounters and a giant creature lurking further under the mill. This isn’t a great movie but it does offer great cheesy fund, just don’t take it too seriously.
There are streaming options to see it, but it’s not on Netflix and it is available on DVD.
Slugs (1988): Mutant slugs terrorize a community and Mike Brady is on the case. This film is a highlight of gore effects and mediocre slug puppets. Come for the premise and stay for the schlocky fun. This title is available streaming on Amazon, Youtube and Netflix. Trailer
Alligator (1980): An alligator flushed down the sewers years ago is back for revenge. Only David (Robert Forester) and Maris (Robin Riker) can defeat the angry beast. It can be tracked down on Youtube and is available on DVD. Trailer
Squirm (1976): Shot on location in the magical land of Georgia, USA. This Jeff Lieberman directed worms run amok film gives you the sight of worms erupting from a shower and devouring humans with their dirt consuming maws. This can be found on DVD and in an MST3K version. Trailer