Weird, ugly little monsters go on a terror and killing spree in a small town on Christmas Eve. It should be a Creepmas classic, but it falls a little bit short, in my opinion. I mean, don't get me wrong, I like it. It's a good movie. In fact, it reminds me quite a bit of the famous Mars Attacks trading cards from the 1960s, with it's dark humor, violence, and kid appeal.
|Spike Lurks in the Dark|
The problem I have with it is that it sort of straddles the line between a kiddie movie and an adult one, but as a result it doesn't quite work either way. If we could have seen the gremlins kill people in more graphic detail, like with dismembered corpses, or the gremlins eating human flesh, that would have been awesome. Throw in some gratuitous nudity, and it would have been perfect! Heck, the movie already has Phoebe Cates and
Judd Nelson in it. They should have just spliced in my favorite scene the pair shared from Fast Times at Ridgemont High in there. It wouldn't have made any sense, but I wouldn't have complained.
|Elton John was kind of weird in the '80s.|
The film has some great bits of dark humor in it. I loved Phoebe Cates's story of how her Dad died on Christmas Eve when she was a girl. And the bit with the mom and her two kids with no food to eat was hilarious. It just never got quite dark enough for me, though. Alternately, I think the film could have worked very well if they had made the lead kids a little younger, and turned the film into a family friendly movie like E.T. I just think the way it stands now, where it's not quite adult, and not quite kiddie, it just doesn't work as well as it should. But it's still a fun way to spend a couple of hours in front of the tube, so I shouldn't complain TOO much. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I like it. It was actually pretty funny and weird. So please ignore this review. Merry Creepmas, everybody!
|Strung up Dog|
|Phoebe Cates Stabs Zack Gilligan (or whatever his name is) With a Ballpoint Pen|
More screencaps after the jump, kids...
|In the Gift Shop|
|Weird Old Chinese Grandpa|
|Nothing Says "Christmas" Quite Like "Burger King!" Purchase a Burger King Brand Hamburger Sandwich Today!|
|Cruella DeVille and Frosty the Snowman|
|"Who wants heroin?"|
|Robby the Robot and The Time Machine|
|Heart Surgery Movies|
|Gremlin in the Microwave|
|Searching in the Snow|
|Boiling Pool in the YMCA|
|Gremlins Run Wild in the Streets|
|Portrait of a Grinning Weirdo|
|Gremlin at the Window|
|Gremlins at the Movie Theater|
|Zach Galifianakis (or whatever his name is) is Bloody and Wounded|
|Spike's Flesh Melts in the Sun|
|Walking Away Into the Night|
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