25 Movies That Bombed in Theaters But Are Actually Great

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

Director: Joe Dante
Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky, Christopher Lee
Budget: $50 million
Domestic Box Office Gross: $41 million

Why some people hate Gremlins 2: The New Batch, we'll never know. Sure, it's entirely different from its predecessor, but only in good ways. It's weird, it's fun, and it even lampoons the original.

Taking place in an elaborate, big city skyscraper instead of a small town, returning director Joe Dante's follow-up finds the titular creatures going destructively H.A.M., taking over the building. Audiences in 1990 weren't impressed, not even with guest stars like Hulk Hogan and Christopher Lee, and the movie sunk into obscurity.

Thankfully for Gizmo and his pint-sized foes, endless cable TV airings have woken sleepers up to The New Batch's many goofball charms. Chief of which is a big musical number during which hundreds of gremlins sing along to Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York." It's sublime.

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