Excerpt: When a studio has an unexpected hit on its hands, the first thing the execs start thinking about is "Sequel!" For six years, Warner Bros. tried like hell to milk more box office out of Gremlins , but a myriad of story ideas from a parade of production teams failed to spark any interest. It wasn't until studio president Terry Semel went to director Joe Dante and offered a boatload of cash and creative carte blanche that the prospect for a second film took root.
Excerpt: Just as America was recovering from the ’80s, someone terrifies those of us who survived with Gremlins 2 . It’s not terrifying in the sense that it has little monsters who enjoy the taste of flesh so much as it’s, well, Gremlins 2 . Director Joe Dante only agreed to return for this sequel if he had full creative control. Warner’s desperation for a follow-up led to whatever this is.
Conclusion: In 'Gremlins 2: The New Batch,' the little green creatures return and invade corporate America in this wittily incisive and satirically droll follow-up. Billy, Kate and Gizmo also return with the help of Mr. Futterman and media mogul Mr. Clamp to do battle before the devilish monsters take over Manhattan. The Blu-ray features improved video and audio though it's nothing definitively impressive.
Summary: No one was prepared for Gremlins 2: The New Batch . Skirting every rule, subverting every convention of franchise profiteering and, in many ways, flying in the face of good sequel-making sense, director Joe Dante's second round of Mogwai misadventures split moviegoers, critics and, more to the point, the powers that be at Warner Brothers, some of whom suddenly regretted luring Dante back with the promise of complete script-to-screen control of the project.
Conclusion: You can really tell that the people making this film had a lot of fun doing it. The plot is thinner than a compressed wafer, but who cares? It's fun and cheap laughs all the way, and that ain't no crime.