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The "Gremlins" franchise kicked off in 1984 with Joe Dante's original film, which combined elements of horror, comedy, and fantasy in a unique and distinctive way. Produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, "Gremlins" told the tale of a cute, mysterious creature known as Gizmo, who comes with three strict rules for his care. When these rules are inadvertently broken, Gizmo spawns a horde of mischievous and malicious gremlins that wreak havoc on a small town. The film was followed by a sequel, "Gremlins 2: The New Batch," in 1990, which upped the ante in terms of both comedy and chaos.

"Gremlins" is widely regarded as a classic of 80s cinema, its innovative blend of tones setting it apart from other films of the era. The franchise is known for its clever satire and social commentary, disguised beneath its surface-level creature-feature mayhem. The design of the gremlins, from the adorable Gizmo to the grotesque Stripe and his gang, is a testament to the incredible practical effects work that went into bringing these creatures to life. In particular, the franchise is remembered for its inventive and often bizarre gremlin transformations, especially in the sequel, which features gremlins mutated into everything from spiders to sentient electricity.

In terms of cultural impact, "Gremlins" has left a lasting imprint on popular culture. The film is often credited with helping to inspire the creation of the PG-13 rating due to its surprising levels of violence and horror for what was ostensibly a family film. The concept of the gremlins—mischievous and destructive creatures that cause chaos when left unchecked—has become a widely recognized trope in media. Furthermore, the franchise has been referenced and parodied in numerous other works, from television shows to video games. Its blend of horror and comedy, along with its memorable creature designs and satirical edge, has ensured the enduring popularity of "Gremlins," making it a beloved franchise that continues to be discovered by new generations of fans.