I remember when Gremlins 2 came out on home video. I couldn’t have been more than 6 or 7 years old but I made my parents drive to the rental store, grab a copy, and then I spent the weekend watching the first film followed by the second, over and over. I’m not joking around. When one was done, I ran it to another room to use the VHS player to rewind it while I began the other. I had a small obsession with the Gremlins films and I am not ashamed to admit it at all.
I think that’s why I have so much love for Gremlins: Recall, a new short film from director Ryan Patrick that you can see below. On top of using actual puppets and practical FX, it feels like Patrick was the same kind of person as me. It’s clear that this short was made by someone who loved, and still loves, the original films but wanted to create something new that would appeal to their adult nature. We may have grown up, so why can’t these stories?
Taking place at a small diner, Gremlins: Recall lives in a world where a corporation has found a way to medically remove the three binding rules of Mogwai care. That being said, not every Mogwai has the same reaction to the medication and things can quickly spiral out of control.
In addition to the short, we’ve also included a behind-the-scenes featurette that goes into the making of the film. Plus, if you dig the soundtrack, they’ve made it available for free on Bandcamp!