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Movies for Christmas: Gremlins


Movies for Christmas: Gremlins – 2 December 2017

Don’t get him wet. Don’t expose him to bright lights. Never feed him after midnight. 

Before we get too engrossed in the feel-good season, another classic movie to watch, and second on the NerdiPop Christmas Countdown, is Gremlins.


Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante and released by Warner Bros.  Steven Spielberg was the film’s executive producer and the screenplay was written by Chris Columbus.

Searching for an unusual Christmas present for his 21-year-old son, struggling inventor Randall Peltzer discovers a small, furry creature called a Mogwai in a Chinatown antique store. The owner refuses to sell the Mogwai, saying that owning one is a great responsibility. However, the owner’s grandson sells Randall the creature, explaining that his family needs the money. There are three specific instructions for looking after Mogwai: Never expose it to bright light (especially sunlight, which will kill it); never get it wet; and, most importantly: no matter how much it cries or begs, never, ever feed it after midnight.


He names the Mogwai “Gizmo”. A glass of water is accidentally spilled on Gizmo, causing him to convulse and produce five new Mogwai from his own body…

A lasting Christmas favorite, watched today, thirty years after it was first released, it still holds magic for the adult viewer who grew up in the ’80s. The caroling Gremlins are still a favorite of mine.


Fun fact: Howie Mandel from the America’s got Talent fame is the voice of Gizmo, the main Mogwai character.

Listen to Gizmo’s song here



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