Gremlin, A Refreshing Take on The Creature Feature Horror Concept
Gremlin Film Details
Director: Ryan Bellgardt
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Release Format: VOD
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes
Adam receives a mysterious box from a relative containing a creature that will kill everyone he cares about. The only way to be rid of the curse is to give the box to someone he loves. As the ominous timer on the box counts down to its end, he can only imagine the horrors that await. Does he give the box away to save his family, or unleash a monster upon humanity? He can’t destroy it. He can’t escape it. He can only give it to someone he loves…
Gremlin, the anticipated Creature Feature from Ryan Bellgardt, will release on July 11, 2017. Produced by High Octane Pictures, 6 Stitches Entertainment, and Boiling Point Media. Distribution by Uncork’d Entertainment.Gremlin centers on an indestructible, ruthless ancient creature held in a mysterious box. Once it comes out, it unleashes a nightmare upon it’s host. You cannot kill the creature. You cannot escape it. The only way to defeat it is to pass it down to someone you love. This doesn’t kill it. It only spares your life while starting the cycle.
After the damage in the creatures’ wake, Jim (portrayed by Mike Waugh), passes the box down to his mother. This unleashes a nightmare, not only on her but everyone around her.
The cinematography is clear. Cinematographer Josh McKamie is notable in his work. One of his most notable works is Army of Frankensteins. This film won several awards, including Best Special Effects, Best Visual Effects Feature, and Best Feature Film.The performances are good. The cast portraying the Thatcher family are believable. Not only are they haunted by this creature but they are burdened by personal family issues.They do well to balance all of their troubles and stand together as a family to fight through the nightmare.
A little more elaboration on why they were having problems, to begin with, would have given the viewer more insight on the situation. As the viewer, you become tossed into a battle that is a little confusing in this aspect.
Gremlin is a fresh addition to the Horror circuit. It’s a breath of fresh air to see an idea that has not done before. At least, from what I can recall. The plot is simple, a story that’s intriguing with superb execution. Ryan Bellgardt, Josh McKamie, and Andy Swanson come together to create a story that is original and imaginative.
The practical effects are amazing, the costumes and the creature effects stand out. Most creature features have mediocre practical and special effects but Bellgardt’s film steers clear of that. Even when the creature grows to an enormous size, it maintains it’s believable effect.
The musical score adds to the experience of the film. The Composer is David Stone Hamilton and his notable works include; Lights Out and Solis. He provides scattered intense theatrical sounds that heighten the creep factor of the film. The ending score comprises of fast-paced instrumental.
Gremlin is a great cinematic experience. A solid addition to the Independent Horror genre and to the themes of creature features. It steers away from the mediocrity that drowns some like-minded films. It lives up to its hype in news circulation and the intensity of the teaser and official movie trailers.
Gremlin needs a little more elaboration than presented. I loved that they incorporated the backstory of the creature to explain what it is. I wish that there was more elaboration on where it came from.
How did Jim and his wife get the box? Based on the backstory, the creature is not of Earth, so an elaboration on how it even came to Earth would have been great. Why does it haunt its hosts aside from it being passed down to them? Does it prey on bad people or wrongdoers? Is it a curse or Does it kill just for the sake of killing?
Gremlin is a creepy concept but there could have been more moments added to heighten the intensity of the film.It needed more or a mysterious feel because you knew when the creature was coming. This made it more predictable. More jump-worthy scares would have aided in this.
We have been following this project since its announcement. We’ve covered the trailers, the poster art. I’ve gotten so excited about this film, I couldn’t wait to watch it. I am glad I had the opportunity to review it. I had high expectations and it does not let me down.
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