Gremlin , 2017. Directed by Ryan Bellgardt. Starring Adam Hampton, Kirsty K. Boone, Christian Bellgardt, Katie Burgess and Connie Franklin. SYNOPSIS: When an estranged family member delivers a mysterious box to his house, Adam Thatcher initially thinks nothing of it. However, it soon becomes apparent that the metallic container actually has a clock engraved on it, one that begins ticking down with immediate effect. Whenever the dial moves a notch, an ancient creature emerges from the box and kills someone that Adam cares about. Worse still, it transpires that the only one way to prevent this from happening, is to willingly pass the vessel along to someone else, thereby resetting the countdown. Adam is thus faced with an agonising dilemma. Either allow the timer to count down (and let the bodies pile up) or pass the terrible curse along. Passable monster-design aside, Gremlin is a textbook example of squandered potential, wasting a simple but interesting idea on poor CGI, clunky dialogue and some of the most bizarrely terrible performances ever committed to screen. The basic premise of mixing a creature feature with a Ringu esque narrative, wherein a curse must be passed along before a certain deadline, should have […]