12 days of not-so-Christmassy Christmas movies: ‘Gremlins’

“Gremlins” (1984) – Director Joe Dante has a history in horror with “Piranha” (1978) and “The Howling” (1981) under his belt, so he’s a natural fit for “Gremlins”.    “Gremlins” isn’t a brutal trip into terror, but a PG-excursion into a group of cuddly little teddy bear creatures called mogwais that chirp, squeak and sing a bit too.  What’s not to like?  Everyone should have a mogwai.  Just don’t feed them after midnight, because if so, they will change into impish lizard-like devils that cause lots and lots of trouble.

So, is “Gremlins” is considered a Christmas film?  Yes, it most certainly is.  The film begins by the protagonist’s father buying a Christmas present, and the gremlins themselves hide in the Christmas tree and wear its lights.  On the other hand, Santa is nowhere to be found, and a bunch of sick elves have taken his place, so…we’re going with that.

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Image credits: Warner Bros.; Clip credits: Movieclips

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