Six years after defeating the evil Gremlins in Kingston Falls, Billy and Kate (Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, reprising their roles from the original) have grown up and moved to New York City. But Billy stumbles across Gizmo in a genetics lab and, when he gets wet, all hell breaks loose, and the stage is set for more deliciously bad taste humour.

The sequel provides more laughs than Gremlins , and watch out for parodies of the original – for example when a security man asks what would happen if a Gremlin eats while travelling from one time zone to another in a plane. There’s also a Gremlin who develops the ability to speak and a hilarious rendition of New York, New York .

The New Batch also stars John Glover as Billy and Kate’s eccentric boss, whose office block is taken over by the Gremlins, and Christopher Lee as a delightfully crazed geneticist. As well as Galligan and Cates, Joe Dante, Keye Luke and Dick Miller return from the original: Dante to direct, Luke as Chinatown curiosity shop owner Mr Wing, and Miller as Murray Futterman.

Cast:Zach Galligan (Billy Peltzer), Phoebe Cates (Kate Beringer), John Glover (Daniel Clamp), Robert Prosky (Grandpa Fred), Robert Picardo (Forster), Christopher Lee (Doctor Catheter), Haviland Morris (Marla Bloodstone), Jackie Joseph (Sheila Futterman), Gedde Watanabe (Mr. Katsuji), Keye Luke (Mr. Wing), Kathleen Freeman (Microwave Marge), Don Stanton (Martin), Dan Stanton (Lewis), Shawn Nelson (Wally), Dick Miller (Murray Futterman), Paul Bartel (Theatre Manager), John Astin (Janitor), Henry Gibson (Employee fired for Smoking), Leonard Maltin (Himself), Hulk Hogan (Himself), Tony Randall (Brain Gremlin (voice)), Howie Mandel (Gizmo (voice)), Frank Welker (Mohawk (voice)), Belinda Balaski (Movie Theater Mom), Rick Ducommun (Clamp Center Security Guard), Julia Sweeney (Peggy), Raymond Cruz (Messenger), Jeff Bergman (Bugs Bunny / Daffy Duck / Porky Pig (voice)), Bubba Smith (Bubba Smith), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Fireman), Dean Norris (SWAT Team Leader),

Director: Joe Dante

US / 106 minutes / 1990