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October 6th, 2012: “Gremlins 2 Movie Promo” (1990)
There are few things I’ve loved more wholly and purely than the Gremlins movies. I was in it from Day One, guys.
I’ll never forget the day the original Gremlins arrived at our video store. It was the only movie I can remember being absolutely nuts about renting and renting quick. So began a lifelong love affair with anything and everything even tangentially connected to the franchise. I follow Zach Galligan on Twitter, for Christ’s sake.
But my passion really kicked into high gear in the weeks leading up to Gremlins 2’s debut, in 1990. To this day, honestly and truly, there has never been a movie I’ve wanted to see more. I watched the original constantly, even during the “dead years.” I never forgot Gizmo, not for a second.
Time and time again, the Internet has shown me that no matter how much I love something, someone out there loves it more. No matter how much I try to absorb something, someone else is doing it “better.” I think, pound for pound, Gremlins might be the only exception. I will never believe that anyone has loved, thought about, or dived into that franchise as hard as I have, and for as long as I have.
I guess that’s my way of saying, “Screw you, Hub-watching bandwagoners. This shit is MINE.”
Now, scroll up and watch that Gremlins 2 promo. Imagine me, back in 1990. I’d seen the original hundreds of times, and even with that one thirty-second spot, it was easy to see that Gremlins 2 was so much bigger, so much more bizarre, and so much GREMLINIER.
My current head is actually my second; the first one exploded upon seeing that ad 22 years ago.
And the fascination only grew after I saw the film. Gremlins 2 is quite possibly my favorite movie ever. The reason I’ve never attempted to review it in any serious form is because it’d be IMPOSSIBLE for me to. Every scene, every character, every gag, every FRAME…they all mean so terribly much to me, and the thought of explaining everything good about Gremlins 2 seems like the most daunting task imaginable.
Remember that old trick, where you connected two VCRs to make totally legal dubs of the tapes you rented? I didn’t do that often, but of course I did it for Gremlins 2. I played that tape endlessly, from start to finish. It wasn’t as if you could only watch “some” of Gremlins 2, because they saved the “New York, New York” scene for the climax. When you know that scene is coming, there’s no giving up until it does.
I agree that it isn’t really a “Halloween” movie. I’d barely classify it as a “horror” movie. But it is, after all, full of monsters and death and guys in vampire costumes. I think I can sneak this one in.