Those Nasty, Toothy, Christmas Gremlins Return to Big Screen

Updated 2 years ago by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor
Those Nasty, Toothy, Christmas Gremlins Return to Big Screen

"Don't expose him to bright light. Don't ever get him wet. And don't ever, ever feed him after midnight."

That was the buzz sentence in 1984. Christmas in a small Norman Rockwell-type town would never been the same.

"Gremlins" returns to the big screen Sunday and Wednesday, July 17 & 20, @ 2 & 7 p.m. at selected Marquee Cinemas.

Critics raved evaluating it as a "horror-comedy about cute little Christmas toy/pets who turn into murderous monsters wreaking havoc."

Praised as a wild roller coaster ride in which humans are nothing but window dressing, a Chicago reviewer observed it as a , " confusing yet ultimately illuminating is the way his gremlins function as a free-floating metaphor, suggesting at separate junctures everything from teenagers to blacks to various Freudian suppressions."

People complimented it for wicked wit, startling invention and special effects." Others wrote it's an ingenious fairy tale contrasting it to "A Christmas Carol" visited by "The Birds," with a berserk film editor splicing "It's a Wonderful Life" to "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and a nod to "Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

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