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Day 076: Gremlins


  1. Keep him out of light…especially sunlight, it’ll kill him.
  2. Don’t give him any water
  3. No matter how much he cries, nomatter how much he begs, never feed him after midnight

When a small town lad, Billy (Zach Galligan), is given an unusual pet, a mogwai which he calls Gizmo he’s over the moon with the gift.
The cute little creature steals the hearts of the Peltzer family but when they accidentally break rule [2] they find themselves in posession of five more Mogwai.
As Gizmo looks on dismayed, it soon becomes apparent that these are not as lovable as there “father”. indeed they’re quite vicious.
When they trick Billy into breaking rule [3] then the entire town falls into chaos and the deaths start to mount up.

As comedy horrors go this one hits the mark that so, so many miss. The concept is childish but this little monster movie is anything but. There is a cuteness to Gizmo that marvellously interacts and works with the horror generated by the gremlins.
The puppetry is pretty good and stands the test of time in most scenes. CGI may be all the rage but I still like to see this stuff from time to time.
Gizmo is by a huge margin the cutest little creature ever in cinema. What a contrast to the gremlin Spike!
The supporting cast all pull their weight, especially Frances Lee McCain as Billy’s mother and Polly Holliday as the horrible “Scrooge-like” Mrs Deagle.
The holiday season brings out some of the best comic moments.
This give Phoebe Cates a wonderful speech too. Boy – I had such a crush on her…
Also look out for the Young Corey Feldman.

Things to look out for: Snow White, “bright light“, Mr Futterman’s obsession with “gremlins”, “…And that is how I found out there was no Santa Claus“, school teacher’s demise
Released: 1984
Certificate: 15
Cast: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Polly Holliday, Frances Lee McCain
Rating: Cute, funny and nasty all in one, highly recommended
Part of the Gremlins collection

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