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Gremlins 2: The New Batch
(1990)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton
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Varèse Sarabande
(August 31st, 1990)
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Regular U.S. release, but difficult to find in stores after a few years.
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Buy it... if you've always liked the first Gremlins score but seek that foundation of style and themes with more robust orchestral structures, a devious sense of suspense, and a matured application of synthetic effects.

Avoid it... if you are deterred by Goldsmith's detours into the realm of pure silliness, for the personality of the sound effects and rhythmic mayhem in this sequel score is among the quirkiest of his career.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #352
WRITTEN 3/15/97, REVISED 11/11/11
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Gremlins 2: The New Batch: (Jerry Goldsmith) It's been said before, but the lesson from the 1980's still remains; if you go to New York and discover cute little creatures called Mogwais, you never do two things: feed them after midnight or get them wet. If you commit the first error, the cute little fuzzball grows into a big vicious "gremlin" that will act similarly to the monsters in the Alien series. If you commit the second error, you compound the problem by causing them to multiply like tribbles. Either way, expose them to sunshine and your problem is more or less solved. The original 1984 film Gremlins was a great black comedy success, and in the era of sequel exploitation, director Joe Dante took the opportunity to extend himself even further into the slapstick comedy genre with the 1990 sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Instead of taking over the small town of Kingston Falls, the little beasts cause their mayhem in the big city this time. The first film's two stars are back to witness the fun, and a large corporation's skyscraper is the location invaded by those nasty gremlins. Once that little bit of story is set up for you, there really isn't much else to talk about in the plotline, because as in these Home Alone and Dennis the Menace kinds of films, the premise exists only to allow the series of gags to commence. The downfall of the Gremlins sequel was that those gags weren't really all that different from those already seen, though most would argue that the second film probably had more deserving victims. While making a reasonable return for the investment, Gremlins 2: The New Batch wasn't the box office success of its predecessor, but at least the franchise allowed a short cameo acting role for composer Jerry Goldsmith, a regular Joe Dante collaborator. After a decade of several classic scores, Goldsmith was just stepping into the job of slapstick comedy writer, with the first Gremlins and The 'Burbs leading a trend that would see Goldsmith venture far into that and the light drama realms during the first half of the 1990's. Being no stranger to sequel scores, he tackled Gremlins 2 as he did his other sequels, with an entirely different approach than he had with the first film. When Goldsmith wrote the original entry in the franchise, he was nearing the height of his experimentation with synthesizers in an orchestral setting, and the electronically-dominated Gremlins score remains one of the composer's less organic blends. By 1990, however, his techniques at combining those two elements had matured fully, arguably yielding a far more interesting result.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 39:25
• 1. Just You Wait (2:11)
• 2. Gizmo Escapes (3:43)
• 3. Leaky Faucet (3:45)
• 4. Cute... (1:58)
• 5. Pot Luck (3:00)
• 6. The Visitors (3:31)
• 7. Teenage Mutant Gremlins (3:23)
• 8. Keep It Quiet (3:10)
• 9. No Rats (2:23)
• 10. Gremlin Pudding (2:13)
• 11. New Trends (3:39)
• 12. Gremlin Credits (4:52)

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