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Mega madness, super badness.....
on 22 December 2013
Billy Peltzer is given a creature called a Mogwai by his father for Christmas, but he is unaware of the carnage he is about to encounter.
There is a huge responsibility in looking after Gizmo as there are certain rules which must be followed.
The Mogwai must be kept away from bright light, never made wet and never, ever be fed after midnight.
When an accident occurs involving Gizmo and water, the next evolution stage of the Mogwai appears, and it isn't nice at all.....
1984 was the year for movies. The majority of the movie that defined the eighties were made this year. Beverly Hills Cop, The Terminator, Ghostbusters, and Temple Of Doom to name a few. And obviously this movie.
But the difference between those movies, and this movie is the fact that this doesn't hold up as much as it used to. I know its nearly 30 years ago, but the effects are really poor, especially toward the end with all the stop motion going on.
But what makes them really and, is the fact that the actual puppets are amazing, and the animatronics are seamless, which makes the stop motion all the more poorer.
The cast are fine, and the atmosphere of the film is pretty campy and definitely homaging B-movies, but it all happens in fits and starts.
It's still a fun movie, the Bar scene is still the most bizarre, surreal thing I've ever scene, but the rest of the film just doesn't hold up.