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The Gremlins Are Coming! 

Year: 1984 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Joe Dante 
Starring: Corey Feldman, Glynn Turman, Harry Carey Jr.  
An image from Gremlins

This 1984 classic returns to show us what Christmas films should be all about, monsters being torn apart whilst a cute lil guy runs around just being adorable. The film takes place on Christmas Eve following Billy (Zach Galligan) as he attempts to look after an adorable and strange little creature. A simple mistake results in this little creature generating five new creatures that develop into monsters which seek to destroy the local town. This film is exceptionally entertaining throughout as it strikes a strange balance between a Christmas comedy for kids and a monster horror flick with literally enough violence to scare the Motion Picture Association. That’s right, this film alongside the Temple of Doom led to the development of the PG-13 rating system because slapping a PG rating on such a violent film was not exactly popular. All this violence makes watching this film today an absolute blast as the violence melds strangely well with the slapstick humour to create a well-rounded comedy horror. However, the absolute highlight of this film is the adorable little teddy bear that is Gizmo. Every part of this film is amplified in quality due to his sheer presence. Whenever he is happy, you’re happy, and whenever he is in danger, you genuinely care and fear that any harm may come to him. This heavy investment in the film only increases the overall enjoyment – you can’t help but love it!

James Patt

Minature green monsters tear through the small town of Kingston Falls. Hijinks ensue as a mild-mannered bank teller releases these hideous loonies after gaining a new pet and violating two of three simple rules: No water (violated), no food after midnight (violated), and no bright light. Hilarious mayhem and destruction in a town straight out of Norman Rockwell. So, when your washing machine blows up or your TV goes on the fritz, before you call the repair man, turn on all the lights and look under all the beds. 'Cause you never can tell, there just might be a gremlin in your house.

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Screenings of this film:

2005/2006 Autumn Term (35mm)
2023/2024 Autumn Term (35mm)