Looking back on… Gremlins

Gremlins (1984)
Directed by: Joe Dante
Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Corey Feldman
Written by Shona
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Gremlins is a classic, and was the first horror Christmas film I ever watched and I still love it to this day. It’s a Christmas film everyone should watch as it is so much fun and adorably cute, as well as deadly!

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Gremlins follows the Peltzer family who buy a pet for their son Billy. This pet is unlike any dog or cat, it is a mogwai or Gremlin if you will. The mogwai comes with three simple rules:

  • Don’t get it wet
  • Don’t feed it after midnight and
  • Keep them out of bright light.

Billy loves his little pet and names it Gizmo. One evening however his friend gets Gizmo wet and fur balls fall from his back. He takes one of these balls to a local school where it turns into another mogwai. He takes the rest home. They soon emerge as other mogwais, but these are unlike Gizmo, they are mean and destructive and they start attacking people. The one at the school has turned the same way and actually kills the professor. Billy soon realises he has to kill them. They start terrorising the neighbourhood and Gizmo is the only one left. Billy finds the mogwais in a cinema watching Snow White, he successfully blows them up and all is well…until the sequels of course.

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Gremlins is a great movie that has a lot of different aspects to it. From its fun and almost family friendly start to the gruesome ways the mogwais are killed, it certainly keeps you on your toes. The most disgusting kill, I believe, being the microwave – that scene will stay with you forever.

It’s a great movie that opens up the interesting door into horror Christmas films. It’s great especially if you don’t want to watch the old, boring, original family Christmas films and want to try something a bit new and a bit scarier. The cuteness of Gizmo won’t stop you from wanting a mogwai for yourself though!

If you haven’t seen Gremlins where have you been? Go watch it now! It’s my favourite Christmas horror film and I bet it’ll soon be yours too.

What do you think of Gremlins?

Until next time.

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