back to the 80's - Movie Night!

 
 

By Amy Bizzarri

Contributor and Blogger
 
Have you ever re-watched a movie that you'd last seen when you were a child, only to remember that your memory of it was completely different from the actual movie? Case in point: Gremlins. The last time I'd seen Gremlins was when it was released, in 1984. When I came across it on my Netflix "Movies you may enjoy" suggestions, I was reminded of the cute and fuzzy Gizmo (I once had a stuffed animal of him!) and the nasty Gremlin (forgot his name) pulling a few silly tricks here and there, and I thought - Perfect movie for my 9 year old!
Well, I had forgotten about the science teacher being murdered then dragged under a desk by the Gremlin with the mohawk, about the mom blasting another Gremlin to death in the microwave, about the Senior Citizen being ejected violently from her staircase lift, out the window, where she died in the snow, Kate's holiday depression over the fact that her father died while dressed as Santa Claus and attempting to crawl down a chimney, the drunk policemen (later murdered off as well). Whereas I remembered Gremlins as a cute kid's movie, it's really a dark horror/comedy primer for kids. Which means my son and his friend loved it.
(Looking around for more info on it, I was not so surprised to discover that it was heavily criticized for violence upon release. In response to Gremlins and some other movies of the era, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) reformed its rating system within two months of its release, creating the PG-13 rating.)
Since the action takes place on Christmas Eve, Gremlins is the perfect tween holiday movie, a good break from all the other sappy holiday favorites.
After that hit, I'm eager to replay some other favorites from my youth: Goonies, Adventures in Babysitting, the Back to the Future trilogy. Click here to see what we're screening tonight!

 

 
 







 
 
 
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