* BrokenBase: Because the two films are so radically different in tone, it's practically an even split between fans who prefer the darkly comic angle of the original or the manic, live-action cartoon vibe of the sequel. Finding someone with an equally positive opinion of both is fairly rare.
* CreepyAwesome: Stripe.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eicf5TbIM1g Jerry Goldsmith strikes again]].
** The question is, which is better? The original [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBEYCbamxIQ Gremlin Rag]] or the more up-tempo [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0PbjKZGYxg Gremlin Theme]] from the sequel?
** PeterGabriel's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7crfAIKBro Out Out]], which plays in the bar scene from the first movie.
** Brain Gremlin in the sequel singing "New York, New York".
** The NES video game of the second film has a pretty damn good soundtrack too.
** Faith No More's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cpr2k9_3qY Surprise! You're Dead!]] plays in one of the many scenes where mohawk is torturing Gizmo in the second movie. Also, Slayer's Angel of Death playing in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvYACIdQIYo this scene]]
* EvilIsCool: Stripe, probably the only gremlin in the first film who's both totally evil and [[GenreSavvy wickedly smart]].
* HarsherInHindsight: At the end of the first movie, the old Chinese man says (to the American family), "You have done with the mogwai what your society has done with ALL of nature's gifts!" Fast forward 30 years to the ecological nightmare that is modern China…
* IAmNotShazam: For the record, the main gremlin's name is "Stripe" not "Spike", and the lead gremlin in the sequel is officially named Mohawk (though WordOfGod suggests that they are indeed the same character, reincarnated).
* {{Narm}}: Kate's story about [[spoiler:how her father died in the chimney as he tried to climb down it while dressed as Santa Claus]] may have been intended to be creepy and/or sad, but the simple absurdity of the situation can also make it a little hard to take seriously. (And the creators apparently recognize this and [[SelfParody make fun]] of it in the second movie where this time Kate starts narrating why she hates Lincoln's Day and she gets interrupted by Billy who tells her they don't have the time for it.)
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: The Atari video game based on the first film is rather badly done. Likewise,the Game Boy adaptation of the second film wasn't well received.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: There's a few times where one can see the hand of the puppeteer.
* UnfortunateImplications: Several critics [[http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2012/05/the-50-most-racist-movies/gremlins argue]] that the film is an extended metaphor for white suburbia's fear of black culture.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The mogwai and gremlin puppets have aged quite well.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: This movie, along with ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' led to the creation of the PG-13 rating. The trailers presented this picture as much more lighthearted than it was. Reviewing it for ''Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine'', Creator/HarlanEllison described it in terms more suited to NightmareFuel. He deplored its many instances of wanton cruelty played for laughs, and said he "heard little children scream and cry" in the theater. The manager later told him he'd never had so many patrons walking out and demanding their money back.
* TheWoobie: Gizmo in both films, being abused by his spawned offspring, taken from Billy and Mr. Wing dying in the second film. And then the mad scientist cages Gizmo to start the whole mess all over again.
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