PG | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
This movie and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) are credited with inspiring the MPAA to create the PG-13 rating. Many felt the movies were too violent for a PG rating, but not violent enough for an R.
Mr. Peltzer tells Billy one of the rules is to keep the gremlin away from water. He tells him, "Don't give him any water to drink and whatever you do, don't give him a bath". We learn later in the film that they multiply with water. Yet they can still drink beer and soft drinks (water based) without any signs of multiplication.
At the very end of the closing credits, once the theme has ended, you can hear the sounds of gremlins laughing.
Whenever the film is aired on the Hub, the scene where Billy's mom kills the gremlins [i.e. a blender, a microwave] is almost entirely removed.
$12,511,000 (USA) (10 June 1984)