Oh, Gremlins 2, you are the train wreck that just keeps on giving. Despite how terribly morbid it is, that is the most apt description I may have ever given a film. In 1990, the sequel to the highly popular horror-comedy Gremlins made its way into theaters, and everyone hated it. (Editor’s Note: Some of us love it, SHEESH.) Roger Ebert thought that “the movie has too many gremlins and not enough story line,” and in a new sketch for Key & Peele, that seems to be exactly what they think the creation of the film banked on.
Jordan Peele, as Star Magic Jackson Jr., the Hollywood Sequel Doctor, sits in on the writing of Gremlins 2 and spices things up. I would just like to note, I want both that name and that title. Imagine the business cards this guy has.
It’s a shame that this show will be ending after this season, because I truly don’t know if I have ever seen a weak episode from them. Maybe a sketch or two that didn’t hit, but otherwise they are on point. And in this case, the film really is the best way to look at a cash grab that wanted to extend the universe of the concept, but also wanted to see just how crazy they could get with the creatures that inhabited the film. The comedy was mostly hokey, the premise was pretty thin, and a lot of the scares were recycled from the first, but if there is one thing everyone remembers it is the ridiculous Gremlin characters that populated the film.
So what ones are pitched in the skit that appear in Gremlins 2? All of them, even Hulk Hogan appearing and breaking the fourth wall midway through. The movie has gained an audience these days, with its zany take on the series, nonsensical and referential style of humor, and all around attitude of not giving a ****. It was a Joe Dante film, after all, and played more like a parody of over-the-top sequels than a real entry into a franchise.
“Sorry folks, it won’t happen again”
Which was your favorite Gremlin from Gremlins 2? Let us know in the comment below. Mine is Hulk Hogan’s attempt at an acting career.