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For this third sequel to [[Performer~P80578~Charles Band~charlesband]]'s pointless but modestly successful [[Feature~V20918~Gremlins~gremlins]] rip-off, the writers ignored the previous two installments and brought back the character of Jonathan Graves ([[Performer~P42307~Peter Liapis~peterliapis]]) from the original film, though inexplicably transforming him from a naïve dropout occultist to a streetwise cop. He is forced to do battle with his former girlfriend Alexandra ([[Performer~P58715~Stacie Randall~stacierandall]]), who has escaped from an asylum and is busily conducting human sacrifices in order to summon a demon once created by Jonathan's Satanic dabblings. The title creeps are shoved even further to the background than the previous chapters -- not a bad thing, really, since the effects department still hasn't managed to make them look like anything but inarticulate latex puppets covered in goo. Sadly, what's left is a tired cop-vs.-serial-killer scenario that's even less convincing than the monsters themselves. Z-movie journeyman (and [[Performer~P85920~Roger Corman~rogercorman]] favorite) [[Performer~P117470~Jim Wynorski~jimwynorski]] injects the usual dose of titillation and B-movie in-jokes, with the expected results. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

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