“With Mogwai, comes much responsibility.”
Gremlins is a decidedly dark comedy that works both as a Halloween, and a somewhat sinister, Christmas film. Here is the synopsis:
A boy inadvertently breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
Gremlins is one of the staples of camp comedy-horror, and an absolute must see if you are a fan of the genre. It really is genuinely touching at moments, as well as full of subtle, and not so subtle greater life lessons and messages. It also has a great cast of characters in the form of the Gremlins themselves. Stripe manages to be one of the great monster antagonists, without ever saying a word. In fact, that is one of the true triumphs of Gremlins; the film really demonstrates how much humor, emotion and story can be conveyed, without the use of language. Watch for the tendency in the film, and see how well the creators pull this off. Gremlins features one of the most adorable puppets ever to grace the silver screen, voiced by comedian Howie Mandel:
As well as one of the most comically tragic Christmas tales ever told:
Here is a little known fact about the film: The MPAA revised its rating system two months after the release of Gremlins due to complaints over some of the more violent portions of the picture. The more you know.