Gremlins a Family film

 

A lot can be said about the Christmas season, what with all the magic, wonder, Hallmark Movies, kids shows, toys, etc etc etc. Let us take a walk through the side of Christmas that is the most unlikely of family fun.

As a child, I always hated Christmas, not to be cool and “spooky”, no..I really did. It never made sense to me on any level. Then one day as a child of maybe 6..yeah that sounds right. My uncle whom is only 2 years older than myself and I. Caught wind of Christmas special on HBO by the name of Gremlins. Gremlins sounded scary as fuck as a kid, but the imagery of the Mogwai as a cute little furry friend made it seem a little more friendly than the name. At the time, all we saw on the television was a picture of ol’ dude from Waxwork and home girl from Drop Dead Fred (at the time, Fast times at Ridgemont High was what she was most known for..Drop dead Fred hadn’t been thought of.) So what we thought was it was just going to be a movie about a furry critter. BOY WERE WE WRONG! One of my other uncle’s had already seen it and let us watch it. Knowing it was going to be a fun filled adventure of nonsense.

Opening the film the father of Waxwork guy is an inventor trying to sale some of his inventions in the Chinese market. That didn’t go so well, so this chap offers to buy this creature known as a Mogwai, off the owner of the shop. The owner is like “Nah, bro..the fuck you thinking?” Then sales it anyway..with only 3 rules. Do NOT feed after midnight, Keep out of bright lighting, and DO NOT GET IT WET. Why though? No questions about that, the father just bounced out to give to his son for Christmas.

Well the plot turns from “Sure dad, whatever” to “Man this guy is cool” And looky there here comes Corey Feldman to fuck shit up as he often did in 80’s horror flicks, lest we forget he brought Jason back to life. Needless to say, the Mogwai, whom had been aptly named Gizmo because the dad is an inventor of some sort got wet, and the lil’ guy started shooting fur balls out of his body. This created several more mogwai. Waxwork dude was like “bruh! The fuck you do?” and Corey Feldman was all “Ah shucks, Wally”. Then rules get broke some more once they poppled out of their little fur balls. They eat after midnight, thus turning into some kind of hideous alien egg sack looking ordeal.

Ok so we’ve all seen the movie, and the sequel which came out in 1990. (Which featured Slayer on the soundtrack btw). Let me get into why these are the most unlikely of family Christmas films.

As you can tell, I don’t do well reviewing movies I call people by other movies they’re in. Whatever, so anyway. Gremlins and Gremlins 2 are both movies that seemingly come off as comedies more so than horror. However in the 1980’s and early 1990’s horror and comedy went together like cutters and hot topic. So it wasn’t unlikely that these movies would be such a way.
Little creatures that sprout from a miniature fur ball then turn into evil little..Gremlins..yes that’s a good name Gremlins, but the fur ball Gizmo is never changed, unlike his human “owners” he knows not to eat after midnight. Well chaos ensues and the whole 3 block town is terrorized by these little fellas in the first movie. Killing a few people, shooting folks out of their house, the mom who was a true thug was like “fuck this shit” and tosses one of these things into a microwave. So where’s the family fun? Every where, we love that the comic value over shadows the horror qualities of it. It’s a healthy balance that brings you to worry for the family that is fighting to survive as well as the towns people, but you kinda want to see what these things are capable of. So let’em kill and maim a few more people. However, the comedy doesn’t stop with the killing. Not at all, it’s absolutely hilarious.

The second film is pretty much the same thing, but with MORE gremlins, funnier scenarios, and they even speak eloquently at times but really they put blatant comedy into this one. Our protags remember the whole sun light bit and load them into one place and fill the room with bright enough light that catches them all aflame, Gizmo even rolls up all Rambo style. “Angel of Death” by Slayer is playing and just makes for fun for the family. Much how people think it’s hilarious to say Die Hard is a christmas movie, let’s be honest. Gremlins, is the christmas movie for the ages.  It’s a staple in most people’s Christmas routines right next to the Polar Express, A Christmas Story, and It’s the great Santa Charlie Brown or whatever it’s called. If you and your family need something fun and exciting for Christmas, your children are NEVER too young for the world of Gremlins actually stop being pussies and let your kids watch all the horror. If they have not partaken of the genre, then Gremlins is definitely the one that you should introduce them into the world of horror to show that it’s not only comical in bits but whimsical fun..and shouldn’t be taken too seriously.




Posted by Schock

I'm an artist, specializing in illustration both digitally and traditionally. I also write short stories as well as for HouseofTorturedSouls.com. On top of all this I make music. Punk rock/Hardcore mostly and now dipping into thrash and death metal. I have a kid, I'm diabetic, I'm straight edge.. That's pretty much it for who I am and what I do.

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