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GREMLINS (1984)

GREMLINS <span>(1984)</span> artwork

GREMLINS (1984)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 106

Release dates 07/12/2012

BBFCInsight Contains moderate violence and fantasy horror

Genre(s) Horror, Fantasy

Director(s) Joe Dante

Cast includes Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Polly Holliday, Keye Luke, Judge Reinhold, Frnces Lee McCain, Dick Miller, Glynn Turman, Corey Feldman, Belinda Balaski, Harry Carey Jr., Jonathan Banks, Scott Brady

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 27/11/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

GREMLINS is a 1984 fantasy feature in which a man acquires a mysterious creature which comes with strict care instructions. When the care instructions are not followed, several other creatures are produced and they begin to wreak havoc. The film was originally classified 15 for theatrical release in 1984, and 15 for video release in 1985 and 1995. This theatrical re-release is rated 12A for moderate fantasy horror and moderate violence.

There are several scenes in which the gremlins terrorise adults and children, during which the creatures create mayhem and, following which, some are killed. Scenes include a gremlin being used as a dartboard, a gremlin being beheaded so that its head flies into a fireplace where it is burnt, a gremlin liquidised in a kitchen blender, one exploding in a microwave, and sight of a gremlin melting and decomposing. In one scene a teenage boy is also shot in the arm with a crossbow bolt. While these scenes feature some violent detail, there is no dwelling on the detail and no emphasis on the injuries inflicted.

The film also contains a scene in which a teenage boy cuts an electrical wire with scissors to get rid of a gremlin who is swinging on it, and a scene showing a gremlin sticking its fingers in a light socket, resulting in electrocution.

In one scene a teenage girl explains that she discovered Santa Claus didn't exist when her father died while dressed as Santa, after falling down the chimney and breaking his neck. On occasion the gremlins are shown smoking and drinking to excess, however, the film does not promote or encourage the activities.

Mild language features, including use of 'crap', 'asshole', 'Christ', 'God', hell' and 'goddamn'.

No-one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a 12 rated video or DVD.

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Details

Title
GREMLINS
Year
1984
Formats
DVD, Cinema
Distributor(s)
Warner Home Video Ltd,Park Circus Limited,Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists Ltd
Classified date(s)
22/11/2012
Main language
English
BBFC reference
AZF034881

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