This holiday season, many people are looking for a sense of family that they might not be able to get because of the COVID-19 pandemic … to quench this thirst for family, there are many fun holiday movies one can watch! A few popular ones include The Grinch, Deck the Halls, Frosty the Snowman, A Miser Brothers Christmas, and Home Alone, among others. But aside from these fantastic movies, there’s one, in particular, that is spectacular: Gremlins. Gremlins aren’t thought of as a traditional Christmas movie, but it does take place during the holiday season.

Gremlins came out on June 8, 1984. It was directed by Joe Dante, produced by Michael Finnell, and made $212.9 million (USD). The movie is about a gadget salesman who buys a mogwai for his son but has special instructions to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. Later on in the movie, the neighbor’s kid spills water on the mogwai (the mogwai’s name is Gizmo). Gizmo proceeds to produce eggs, which will make more mogwai — however, the mogwai from the eggs will be evil. The main characters then proceed to kill all of the eggs in order to stop them from spreading evil around. We’ve all heard of the PG-13 movie rating … well, this movie’s horror theme is partially responsible for that rating! Something else is that gremlins were inspired by mice that got into the writer’s apartment. Earlier scenes included gremlins eating Billy’s dog, decapitating Billy’s mom, and throwing her head down the stairs. Summing up, this is a great classic movie that everyone should definitely watch this holiday season!

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