Gremlins (1984)

106m, 2912 metres
35mm, Technicolour, 1.85:1
Dolby Stereo [35mm prints], 70mm 6-Track [70mm prints], English

An American fantasy film directed by Joe Dante.

Plot Summary

Billy Pelzer's present from his parents is a cute pet, a Mogwai named Gizmo bought from a mysterious shop in . But Gizmo has a terrible secret – get him wet and feed him after midnight and he spawns a small army of vicious , who are soon rampaging through the small town of Kingston Falls causing mayhem and giving locals a Christmas they'll never forget.


Directed by: Joe Dante
This motion picture © 1984 Warner Bros., Inc.
Story and screenplay © 1984 Warner Bros., Inc.
All original music compositions © 1984 Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Warner Bros. Pictures. Steven Spielberg presents an Amblin Entertainment presentation
Distributed by Warner Bros. a Warner Communications company
Executive Producers: Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy
Produced by: Michael Finnell
Written by: Chris Columbus
Director of Photography: John Hora
Edited by: Tina Hirsch
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith
Production Sound Mixer: Ken King
Mens' Costume Supervisor: Norman Burza
Ladies' Costume Supervisor: Linda Matthews
Make Up Artist: Greg La Cava
Hairstylist: Cheri Ruff
Gremlins Created by: Chris Walas
Special Effects Supervisor: Bob MacDonald Sr
Gizmo and the Gremlins Designed, Created and Operated by: Chris Walas, Inc.
Stop Motion: Fantasy II Film Effects
Animation: Visual Concept Engineering
Production Designer: James H. Spencer

Zach Galligan (Billy [Peltzer])
Phoebe Cates (Kate [Beringer])
Hoyt Axton (Rand Peltzer)
Polly Holliday (Mrs [Ruby] Deagle)
Frances Lee McCain (Lynn Peltzer)
Judge Reinhold (Gerald)
Dick Miller (Mr [Murray] Futterman)
Glynn Turman (Roy Hanson)
Keye Luke (grandfather [Mr Wing])
Scott Brady (Sheriff Frank)
Corey Feldman (Pete)
Jonathan (Deputy Brent)
Edward Andrews (Mr Corben)
John Louie (Chinese boy)
Don Steele (Rockin' Ricky Rialto)
Susan Burgess (little girl)
Arnie Moore (Pete's father [Alex])
Harry Carey Jr (Mr Anderson)
Don Elson (man on street)
Belinda Balaski (Mrs Harris)
Daniel Llewelyn (hungry child)

Alternative Titles

Gremlins – Kleine Monster – West Germany
Gremlinsy rozrabiaja – Poland
Riiviöt – Finland

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

Includes extracts from
Bell Science: Hemo the Magnificent (1957)
For Scent-imental Reasons (1949)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1955)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Extracts included in
2003 MTV Movie Awards (2003)
I Love the '80s Strikes Back (2003)



  • Keyboard vol.11 no.2 (issue #106) (February 1985) pp.19-20, 22-26 – illustrated interview with Jerry Goldsmith (Jerry Goldmsith by Tom Darter)
  • Première December 1984 p.13 – review (by Philippe Salanches)

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide December 2016 p.38 – illustrated listing
  • BFI Southbank Guide December 2017 p.18 – illustrated listing
  • BFI Southbank Guide December 2019 p.43 – illustrated listing
  • BFI Southbank Guide December 2020 p.22 – illustrated listing