Gremlins ★★★★

Directors Ranked: Joe Dante

It's been a minute since I've seen this (approximately 30 years, maybe a little less) so I have to say, I am really surprised at how well it holds up.

The puppetry is fantastic, the kills are great and I love how this really pushes the boundaries of "family friendly." I think I read in another review (sorry if it was yours, I forget who it was) that this film was the reason PG-13 was invented, which is a great claim to fame!

There was one scene that really blew my mind (not in a good way) and I think anyone that's watched this knows the scene. Out of fucking nowhere, Phoebe Cates' character tells the story of basically cooking her father, who had died of a broken neck falling down the chimney, by accident, thus revealing to her that Santa isn't real. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?! Like, that scene was unintentionally hilarious.

Overall though, this is a great film to watch during Halloween or Christmas, and I'll be introducing my son to it sometime in the near future.

P.S. Holy shit, I didn't even recognise Jonathan Banks in this.

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