When Joe Dante's Gremlins 2: The New Batch was released in the summer of 1990 it was all but ignored by moviegoers in favor of Dick Tracy, Ghost, and Total Recall. But cream rises to the top, and time has proven kinder to the film than it has to the original Gremlins. Just as manic and irreverant as its predecessor, Gremlins 2 benefits from a smarter, funnier screenplay by Charlie Haas (who also wrote Dante's other best film, Matinee), which offers not only a satire of consumerism, but of '80s greed in general. Plus it's got plenty of fun little turns from performers like Christopher Lee, Henry Gibson, Hulk Hogan, John Astin, and Tony Randall (as the Brain Gremlin). As well as the returning Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Dick Miller, and Keye Luke. One of the great underrated gems in genre film history.
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