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Duendecillo (2017)

Originaler Titel: Gremlin
IMDB 3.8

I should mention up front that I am not a huge gore/horror film fan. Perhaps this means I am a bit harder on films in the genre or not, I am not sure…but I do occasionally enjoy a horror film if the story engages me. In addition, the film has absolutely nothing to do with the film Gremlins and the creature looks nothing like a gremlin…and ultimately, you learn it isn't a gremlin…so why the title?! I have no idea.

When the film begins, some selfish guy gives a fancy looking box to a family member. But inside is a horrible creature that has an insatiable thirst to kill. And, once you've received the box you must find someone you love and give it to them soon or the monster inside will eventually kill your entire family. After the monster came out and started killing people, none of them ever called the police but they just piled up the dead family members in the basement for safekeeping. And, they didn't consider throwing the box into a blast furnace or inside a huge block of cement or in the middle of the sea. Instead, they just wait as one by one they are sliced and diced. If it sounds as if I didn't like the story in Gremlin, you are absolutely right. The problem was although the acting is competent and the CGI acceptable, the story just never made a lot of sense to me. And, when you ultimately learn what the creature is, this isn't enough of a surprise to save the picture. The movie is watchable but nothing more.
Alviani Nouchtaev

Saw this on a rented dvd. Had seen the trailer n was excited. Apart from the name there is nothing in common with the 1984 movie of the same name. Inspite of some very good kills, good pacing, decent creature effects n cinematography, there was something lacking in this film. The acting was awful but i still feel something more was missing. In fact, the creature doesnt hesitate to kill n no mercy is shown to anyone n no time wasted in unnecessary jump scares. It is a horror film with no holds barred. Unlike most horror films where they end in such a way that the cops never believe the mythological stuff, here in this film, the creature comes out in the open leading to action n mayhem. Mayb, the director tried to b different from other horror films n it backfired. One grave n clear mistake the makers of this film did was that they showed on the posters the climax of the film of the creature with its full size n out in the open. But the posters showed some helicopters as if its a large scale action/horror film which was a lie as there were no helicopter scenes.

Gremlin isn't a reboot or remake that associated with the mogwai movies, this is a complete different type of story. Going into this film i didn't know what to expect hoping it would impress me in being a good movie as the premise of this film's background of the box is good in setting it tone but sadly this film lack's any impact in being a great.

The acting is OK but amateurish with minimal effort in trying to carry this film forward which didn't appeal to me alone, at best this film is a typical syfy channel movie. The only good thing is the visual effect which seem to have some budget which all the money has gone into as the creature itself is well designed.

Sadly this film might appeal to the demographic that enjoy these low budget B movies which this film is, but if you looking for a well made film i would recommend avoiding this film as it not that great.
Rhyne Kendall

"What do you think happens to us when we die? I don't know. I guess it's a lot like it is before you're born."

First of all, let me warn all of you who assume that this is a continuation of the 1984 masterpiece "Gremlins". Believe me, this movie has nothing to do with it. Not even close. Not when it's about the level of entertainment. Not content wise. And certainly not when you look at the acting skills. If there was one particular aspect that got on my nerves while watching this B-category horror, it was the terrible acting. Not only was it silly sometimes. But it felt so amateurish and forced. There is not even a sparkle of humor present in this movie. No malicious Gremlins who organize an orgy in a local pub. Or an elderly lady being launched while sitting in her chair lift. Or were the moronic conversations meant to be humorous? I'm afraid not.

However, the starting point and basic idea were quite inventive and original. A metallic cube, with a clock-looking image full of astrological drawings, that contains something you don't want to be confronted with. And there's only one golden rule that'll make sure you'll get rid of this detestable thing. You just have to pass it on to someone you love. Talking about a dilemma. A poisoned gift for someone you really love. And that's what James eventually did when his family probably already has been liquidated by the bloodthirsty creature. He gives it to his mother. Little did he know there were more family members in his mum's house at that moment. And before you know it, the little creature begins using its sharp limbs and bodies start piling up. Eventually it's Adam Thatcher (Adam Hampton) who's shackled to the devilish box.

The most positive thing about this indie horror, is the design of the-creature-with-a-tireless-killer-instinct. Despite the fact that the budget is significantly lower than most movies with computer-generated creatures, they've succeeded in creating a highly realistic little monster. But, as in "Big ass spider", the non-proportionally shaped copy is of much lower quality. It looks like a fake, plastic figure that comes to life using stop motion techniques (Even "Shaun the sheep" looks better). Similar to the giant insects in SF films of the 70s. Also content wise it was quite creative. For example, it's not obvious for the Thatcher family to get rid of the cube. If they think that they are put out of their misery just by randomly passing it on to someone (a bit as how the problem was solved in "It follows"), they are in for a disappointment. Apparently, the mysterious creature can feel in a certain way that you don't really love the new owner. The fact that the box shows up over and over again, regardless of what Adam is trying to do, was to be expected. To be honest, it was utterly annoying after numerous attempts.

If this film was made in the 80's, the end product would be appropriate and undoubtedly added to other released monster-horror films. Unfortunately, the looks of the gremlin (I still wonder why it's called that way), the rare exciting moments (the confrontation between daughter Anna (Katie Burgess) and the monster) and the intriguing subject won't make it a great movie. And this is caused, in particular, the inadequate acting, the stupidities, the sometimes bad SE's (especially the wounds looked kitschy) and the limited story line. The naivety with which certain problems are solved, is sometimes quite ridiculous (like hiding bodies in the basement). And once again, the policemen aren't smarter than the two idiots from "Dumb and Dumber". Most hilarious moment was the response of a detective who advised detective Harris (Kyle Pennington) to contact Lucy Anifero, a gypsy and apparently someone who knows something about occult and bizarre things. After Harris got a decent explanation about the devilish cube, the first comment of this detective was : "She's hot, right?". You can't expect that such an idiot would solve the case.

Are you a fan of such a type of SF-horror and you're a fan of anything that's related to the 80's, I can recommend it (there's even an Alien-like fragment). You won't be flabbergasted and you won't be blown away by world-shocking novelties, but it can provide brief entertainment.

PS. I read this hilarious review on Letterboxd and actually summarizes it a bit : My roommate and I decided to watch a movie tonight. I asked her if she wanted to watch The Dark Tower, 'cause I hadn't seen it yet. She said "No, I've already seen it and it's the worst movie of the year". So we watched this instead. Once it was over, her only comment was "We should have watched The Dark Tower…"

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I was expecting to find a cheap rip-off of the film "Gremlins." That's certainly what you would expect from a movie entitled "Gremlin." But it isn't. The story is completely different. This "gremlin" isn't at all like those we find in the other movie. They were mischievous, violent, destructive and sometimes they even killed people. But somehow overhanging that story was a sense of fun. Even with the terrible things that happened, you couldn't help but chuckle. Not here. There's nothing funny about this "gremlin" - and there's only one. He's a murderous little spider-like beast who lives inside a box that has come into the possession of a family who can't get rid of it. They can't destroy it; they can't "lose" it. It just keeps coming back. And one by one they face the inevitable: a violent, bloody death. There's no whimsical theme music here. It's dark; this really is a horror movie. And the most surprising thing of all about this? I actually enjoyed it!

That I wasn't expecting. But this is a decent little movie. It's short and it's fast paced. It dives right into the story, and it manages to put together an imaginative tale about how this box and this creature came to be. I even thought the performances from a little known cast were decent enough. Not great perhaps, but good enough that they didn't take away from my ability to enjoy this. The creature was interesting - and in some ways seemed to be paying a little bit of homage to the "Alien" creature as well as to the "Gremlins."

You can't (and shouldn't) take this too seriously. If you do - then, yeah, it's a pretty weak movie. But if you approach it with realistic expectations it's actually a lot of fun - and, to be honest, in some ways I think I actually liked this a little more than 1984's "Gremlins." (7/10)
Toulon Strattman

Gremlin, a story about a rather dangerous box, was surprisingly entertaining. I wasn't quite sure what I was expecting, although since it was listed with a comparable movie of "Gremlins", I was at least expecting a few more giggles. There were a few giggles to be had, but Gremlin doesn't try to be anything other than a horror- movie you rubberneck at. And that is to its credit. The exact premise is one that I don't actually think I've come across before. It's amazing how sometimes just a small tweak can add a new dimension to something.

Adam Hampton proved strong in the male lead role, and I found myself rooting for him even when though he wasn't really a particularly likable character. His wife, Julie Thatcher, was played by Kristy K. Boone. Boone's performance had moments when it was fairly strong, but wavered frequently. I think if Katie Burgess, who played the daughter, did a good job, but wasn't able to bring out her full potential. The rest of the supporting cast, apart from the brother and the main detective, were unmemorable. Catcher Stair, who played the young boy, Charlie Thatcher, gave the weakest performance of the lot. It felt like the child had no real desire to be in the movie, and his character was almost a cardboard cutout as a result.

Gremlin had a surprisingly high production quality with some solid cinematography for their budget. Unfortunately, it was hampered by some regrettably bad special effects at some points. Thankfully, the special effects were relatively few, and most of the on-screen magic was a CGI 'Gremlin' that wasn't horrible. I've seen, much, much worse. It looked interesting, and watching it go after the various actors was a good bit more entertaining that you would think.

The main problem I had with it was that some of the decisions that family members make are just flat-out stupid. And not only stupid, but stupid stuck on a loop. I found myself yelling at the screen at least twice when watching it. (Upside, I was involved enough in what I was watching that I actually did yell at the screen?)

Overall, Gremlin was a pleasant surprise to watch. I've got the attention span of a flea, and I found myself wanting to see how things ended. It wasn't a great movie, by any stretch of the imagination, but it wasn't bad. I don't regret watching it, and might even tune in for a re-watch at some point!

Disclaimer: I received a screener of this film from October Coast Publicity for review consideration. This did not influence my review in any way.
Ottie Phay

A puzzle box is passed around and winds up with Adam. At specified times a gremlin comes out and kills someone the owner loves. The owner must give the box to someone they love to make it stop.

I liked the box even if the creature was slightly underwhelming. An explanation of the box is given at 70 minutes into the film, but with no real back story. The protagonist family consisted of a cheating dad, moody mom, pregnant and very moody teen daughter, and a messed up son. I found myself rooting for the box. They didn't create good screen characters. Ryan Bellgardt did a better job directing than he did scripting characters.

Guide: F-word, brief sex. No nudity.
Rhea Compau

The survival instincts of the characters of this creature feature were worse than a zerg rush. It seems that literally the family fighting the creature threw every member at it trying to beat it. Because they are not murderers. The family doesnt even hardly fight the thing its like the characters gave up at the beginning.

The creature is about the size of a chihuahua. Its hard to be intimidated by it. Lets imagine this put a chihuahua on chopstick stilts and give it butt knives anyone who was not caught of guard should be able to kick or swat it away in which the the teen daughter shows this is possible and the 9ish son tosses it. So this in the end is like the wilderness magazine that tried to pass off the 15 minks as a life or death struggle.

So they really need to focus on better creatures or make the creatures behave in ways that make them more threatening
Keller Semprini

A man receives a mysterious box containing a terrible secret, a creature that will kill everyone else in his family unless he passes it on to someone he loves to continue its never-ending circulation.

Holy crap Batman, this movie is horrendous. Not only is is amateurishly directed, the script is laffable. The acting is non existent.

Don't waste your time. It's just dreadful

Whomever ok'd this piece of garbage to hit the market needs to have all his rights as a human taken away. Hands down the worst ?movie? I've ever sat through. This wasn't even laughable bad. I just had to see how worst it got &; I promise it don't disappoint. They couldn't have had a editor? Sloppy is to kind. I'n sorry but GREMLIN? Whose decision was that to name it GREMLIM? If any movie deserves a minus is this one. Terrible. Stay far far away from

Trying to get back on his feet, a man raising his family at his mother's house finds that a gift received during their visit subjects the family to a strange cursed creature that lives in the box and must find a way of dealing with the special creature before the authorities find them.

This here was quite the decent if somewhat flawed creature feature. Among the better features here is the fact that this one really generates a lot of fun out of its central creature. The presentation of the beast stuck inside the box where it's needed to be passed along to others before it gets loose and goes on a rampage is rather fun and unique which makes this stand out rather nicely by making for a solid premise. The rules and requirements that it goes through are quite engaging as they give this one some rather potent ideas to go through when it brings about the different scenes of the creature appearing to stalk and attack the family. The initial scene of it appearing in the house to stalk the elder is quite chilling, the attack on the family when it comes out during the family gathering to chase them around until it finally strikes is a fantastic action scene and the standout sequence of the creature attacking and then stalking the daughter through the house emerges as an insanely chilling and creepy sequence that serves as a fine highlight scene. As well, the massive chase to get to the motel on the suburban streets in a mad dash through the area to get there in time which is a rather fun sequence that has some solid action. Given the way the creature's actions play out in the finale with the house where they keep battling the creatures that emerge from inside as there's a rather enjoyable finale that's got plenty of exciting action thrown in as well. With a cool-looking creature design utilized here, these manage to offer up to like to lift it up over it's few minor flaws. The main issue present here is the incredibly thin storyline that really struggles to stay consistent the entire time. It's not that often that something happens in this one which makes any sense as there are too many scenes here that force this one to go on way too long because the film has a need to get to a feature-length time. This one has the type of storyline that fits better in an anthology rather than a feature-length effort and that comes across way too often here as this one makes out the storyline need to explain the rules of it all. That goes alongside the rather weak CGI that serves to denote the creature's appearance, as despite the fun design it has too many scenes where it doesn't interact with the setting all that often. These here are what hold this one back.

Calificación Sin clasificar / R: Violencia gráfica y lenguaje gráfico.
Wing Ettman

I gave 8 out of 10 so that this movie gets a chance.

The story is great, the acting is good, only the special effects are cheesy at some point but it doesn't take away the greatness of the story.

For once this is a story that I have never heard of, maybe Philippines people know of it but for a North American, this is fresh.

The movie is disturbing for some parts, and it could be even more disturbing with a budget. Nevertheless, it kept me wanting to know more, and the more you know, the more you want to know.

I would expect a follow-up to this movie, the story is too interesting to be left like this. Especially if they go with the way it ends, it would prove very interesting to see what happens next...

Some people rating ignore the fact that this is NOT a Hollywood movie with budget that comes from Satans-know-where, it is a small budget movie and VERY well done.

Try this movie, it is quite good. Don't expect ILM effects but quite decent ones.
Jaime Adinolfi

The concept is doable with the right writer, director, and cast, but without any of these as well as how the movie plays out, it is so bad I don't have the energy to write a review.
Collie Farrauto

Can't put into words how dreadful this film is in every way acting is atrocious must have been filmed on a cheap knock of camcorder big fan of the first one but the people giving this anything above 1 need to look at there taste in films pure an utter poop
Nuri Ardelean

If you're brave enough without being a chewed-up banana in a monkey's mouth, well, you're better off being brave as a chewed-up banana in a monkey's mouth. Either way, you're still a chewed-up banana in a monkey's mouth anyway.
Thane Clearo

A good concept, not an original one but with a real potential to be both fun and scary, and a creepy-looking DVD cover were what drew me into seeing 'Gremlin' in the first place. Also do have a high appreciation for horror/sci-fi, and thee are a fair share of good to great, even classic, examples.

'Gremlin' is not to be confused with the 1984 film (a great one) of the same name, either as a film or in assuming it is connected to that film. They have nothing in common other than the title. Seeing 'Gremlin', it has its good points, that stop it from being a complete shambles, but a lot of bad ones that stop it from living up to its concept. There are certainly far worse films in the genre and overall and it didn't leave me angry or cringing, just that it is very underwhelming that doesn't do a good job with its objectives of being fun or scary.

There are good points. The creature effects are surprisingly competent and the monster does evoke some genuine creepiness. 'Gremlin' has moments of excitement, creepiness and suspense, like with the Anna and the monster confrontation.

It's effectively lit and shot too sometimes. The soundtrack has eeriness when it isn't being intrusive or obvious.

Sadly, too many things bring it down. The acting ranges from barely adequate to embarrassing, worst of all being Kristy K. Boone whose performance was all over the place. The characters are uninteresting and annoying, with naively silly and sometimes illogical decision making and behaviours, a primary example being with the police.

Excitement, thrills, creepiness and suspense are too far and between. The scares are generally not enough and suffer from predictability and lack of tension. The lack of atmosphere makes the pacing suffer, giving 'Gremlin' a dull feel frequently. The story is far too minimal, another thing that affects the pacing with the padding and over-stretching, bland and often ridiculous.

Rest of the visual effects are pretty bad and the editing is sloppy, also too many instances of the camera work being unfocused and the sound/soundtrack killing the atmosphere with over-obviousness. The direction is not a hack job as such, but there is very little distinguished about it.

Overall, 'Gremlin' wasn't irredeemable but it underwhelms. 3/10 Bethany Cox
Kira Barrington

This is an ok horror movie. a story that isn't full of surprises or anything so you see where it is going but the acting isn't as bad as in most of these such flicks and there's some really good jump scares.

Kind of reminds me of the Classic Outer Limits "Do Not Open Until Doomsday" Episode.

(Spoiler) "Uncle Jim" Jim Roberts definitely selfish.

(Spoiler) Adam Thatcher was an idiot, covering up two murders.

(Spoiler) Detective Morris Patterson (Mike Page) is so screwed.

This is one of those movies that most will not see, but should have.

Whomever created this weapon was not too smart, as after the timer counted down to omega (zero) and released the Fallen God as 100% indestructible, could have destroyed the Enemy, destroyed the Enemy's Nation, then destroyed the creator and the creator's Nation, kind of like the Star Trek Episode Doomsday Machine.

"Beware of Greeks bearing Gifts" comes to mind.

Makes everybody wonder what kinds of things Archaeologists could be digging up unintentionally, including known and unknown dormant deadly ancient viruses, plagues, bacteria, microorganisms. Who's to say that the frozen Woolly Mammoth does not have dormant live deadly viruses, pathogens.
Staffan Weddel

If you enjoyed The Gate (1987) you will enjoy this.

The acting is low caliber, but it doesn't detract from the movie. I've seen worse acting in recent Hollywood blockbusters.

Definitely worth a watch.
Perle Sidorowicz

There was nothing good about this movie, the acting was some of the worst I have ever seen, even for a Sci-Fi movie. The gremlin looks horrible, and doesn't fit into the picture in any way, and the story is horribly flawed.

If you're a fan of a good suspense monster flick, this is a good choice. Good special effects, cant go wrong with this one.


Not to be mistaken for Steven Spielbergs Gremlins this film truly shines in some areas and unfortunately performs badly in others but with acting that is excellent, a story that is interesting and an original concept this could be remade into a truly outstanding excellent film, unfortunately this version isn't it.

It's such a shame because this had everything going for it and should / must be remade!!!

Hollywood are you listening

Can be slow in some places, don't watch this version, wait until / if Hollywood answers.

Calificación 5 de 10

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