Directed by – Joe Dante
Written by – Chris Columbus
Starring – Hoyt Axton, John Louie, Keye Luke, Don Steele, Scott Brady, Arnie Moore, Corey Feldman, Harry Carey Jr., Zach Galligan, Dick Miller, Phoebe Cates, Polly Holliday
After realizing that Gremlins is indeed a Christmas movie I knew that I had to watch it. My daughter was also all for it stating how she’d seen it every time she went to her cousin’s house. Apparently they only watch the parts involving Gizmo so she took off when Spike and the gang showed up. Man, how can you miss the best parts!
I remember watching this movie as a kid and it’s been years and years since I’ve seen it but I realized a few things. Gremlins is still an amazing movie and I still have a huge crush on Phoebe Cates! There was even a few parts that I had forgotten about, like Mrs. Deagle’s very fast trip up the stairs and out the window in her electric stair chair. Of course there’s the memorable bar scene, the theater scene with all the Gremlins (which I had also forgotten about) and the awesome final scene with the showdown between Spike and Billy.
Now this is the kind of comedy I can really enjoy, dark and twisted. Even the story of a father being trapped in a chimney and dying while pretending to be Santa has a sick humour to it in Gremlins. Too bad that Gremlins 2 went way over the top with its humour. Not to say that this film is just full of laughs, there’s some pretty good jump scares and some pretty gross parts as well. When the Gremlins hatch from their cocoons, which is eerily similar to the film that Billy and Gizmo were watching on TV the night before it all happens, it’s full of all manner of goop, gross and growls. When Billy’s Mom finds them in the kitchen and begins to make quite the meal out of a few of them there’s enough splatter to satisfy the horror hound in me. It’s the perfect blend of comedy and gore.
Of course, Gremlins didn’t warm my heart in quite the same way that A Christmas Story did but it will still become a welcome addition to my holiday viewing from now on. How I missed that this was really so much about Christmas is beyond me. A great classic film with perfect dark humour and a few slimy deaths to please everyone. How could you not love this one!
Under the mistletoe – Will