Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach him to fish and he’ll be the go-to guy for everybody in the village whenever they want someone garroting or the mother-in-law’s coming for tea and they promised them they’d be sushi.
Continuing this five part look at the best bum-numbers of film and cinema may I present the puppetry playthings of a contemporary age, where Sesame Street and the Muppets meet Geiger and Jägermeister for a glorious night of uninhibited decision making known to any of us who could’ve sworn they went to bed with someone far more attractive than the walrus currently threatening to wake up and spoil all hope of escape from because I vaguely promised something about them being ‘the one’ and I’m ten minutes late for work…
But I digress…
Directly causing more lost teeth and visits to the guidance councilor over when exactly ‘after midnight’ ended and what exactly you gave them to drink Gremlins brought the trope of chaos at Christmas alongside a pre-Goonies Corey Feldman to the mix of arbitrary rules and demonic embodiments of pain to the snow soaked shores of Kingston Falls.
Being the all-American home town of yore sepia-tones it sets itself out as a jack-in-the-box of misdirection from the opening scenes of the film, one of the very first lines a threat of canine euthanasia delivered by a woman of advancing years and to the almost Amish-like innocent ears of our Dorothy of the tale, Billy Peltzer.
Already being blessed with a Phoebe Cates young William is presented with an animal of exceptional talent on the Eve of the date Joseph became a step-dad.
An entire town is thrown into mortal terror by one careless Corey and though this is never addressed or even penance afforded over nothing distracts from the spell binding puppetry at the hands of skilful artists, the titular Gremlins of the title a superbly realized amalgamation of nihilistic horror and faux fey-like fiends burning the hay just to watch the mice scatter in flames from within.
A Christmas disaster film that sits beside Die Hard as essential seasonal viewing and a perfect antidote to the unwrapping come-down, Gremlins opens Pandora’s Box in a snow globe setting and steps back to await the applause.
Five Films To See Before You Die Pt 1 – http://tinyurl.com/aedj6vm
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