Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Director: Joe Dante
Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Dick Miller, John Glover, Christopher Lee, Howie Mandel, Robert Prosky, Robert Picardo, Haviland Morris
Kate: Elevator! Sound alarm!
Gremlins: ENH! ENH! ENH! ENH! ENH!
A sequel to Gremlins was commissioned almost immediately following the first film. The movie was a hit and Warner Bros was wanting more. Joe Dante backed away citing that the first film was how the whole thing should have ended. He also wanted to explore other various avenues and not just be doing horror. The project kept hitting snags and delays. It when on so long that Dante actually came back to the project. By the time he received the script that they were wanting to shoot with he had been far far removed. He only ordered that he be allowed full control over the project, to which Warner Bros then obliged. The film reunited the director with the two leads from the first film as well as a couple of side characters and voice talent.
So...ranking would easily have the first one over 2 without hesitation.