The sequel to "Gremlins" actually proves more enjoyable than the first film, offering audacious dark humour and a lot of knowing 'in-jokes'. Joe Dante again directs and creates a New York that's even more deranged than the Gremlins that explode into it.
Little Gizmo has been returned to the old curiosity shop where he can't cause trouble. But when the shop is bought and then demolished by the mighty Clamp Organisation, Gizmo is without a home. It isn't long though before he's discovered by the 'Splice of Life' Clamp subsidiary and locked up in their laboratories, headed by the deliciously sinister Christopher Lee.
His research centre is housed within the Clamp headquarters, an automated skyscraper where nothing really works. It's also the place of employment for Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, who are still recovering from the chaos of the first movie. It's somewhat of a shock for them when they're re-united with Gizmo, who in turn encounters the building's water sprinkler system.
The ensuing riot of Gremlins that are once again let loose has a whole new playground to explore in the Clamp building. Joe Dante stocks the tower with a mix of great character actors and ludicrous examples of 'convenience' technology that fail in the most amusing manners.
While taking time out to poke fun at the first movie, "Gremlins 2" also ups the amount of sly references to other films. Many of these pastiches are mounted by the Gremlins that now boast even better effects thanks to Rick Baker. It all adds up to a ludicrously silly film that boasts many clever moments.