Cute and cuddly can turn nasty and green in this fan film tribute to the 80’s comedy horror of Gremlins.
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Director Ryan Patrick is no stranger to the world of film with several shorts stories and commercials under his belt including work for the New York Lottery and Microsoft.
His latest short film entitled Gremlins: Recall is a tribute to the comedy horror film of the 1980s. Released in 1984, directed by Joe Dante and produced by Steven Spielberg, the story of Gremlins was originally pitched more as an outright horror film. During its production, the tone was changed to include a lot more humor.
Although the film was released with a PG rating in the US, it was decided that the film was not violent enough to be rated R. But the PG rating was also too soft a rating in the opposite end of the scale. Gremlins, along with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom also released that same year, is what lead the MPAA to create the PG-13 rating for these kinds of films that sat in the middle of the scale.
Gremlins told the story of a father who buys his son a small creature known as a Mogwai from a small backstreet store in Chinatown.
This small and adorable creature came with a very important set of instructions. Keep it away from bright lights including sunlight which will kill it. Never feed it after midnight and never get it wet.
The son is delighted with his new pet but due to a set of unfortunate incidents, the rules are broken and chaos will soon be set upon his hometown of Kingston Falls.
I consider the original a classic film and I highly recommend it. Its sequel, Gremlins: The New Batch was director Joe Dante’s way of making the craziest, wacky follow up film he could believing Warner Brothers wouldn’t like it. To his surprise, they did, and it is much more of a comedy film where the violence is mostly slapstick.
Gremlins: Recall is a homage to the original film and makes use of excellent practical effects. Unfortunately, with a lot of these short films, the ten-minute runtime leaves us wanting more with a teasing open-ended finale.