Gremlins, the Not-So-Awesome Holiday Movie for Kids

Gizmo from the movie Gremlins via What Culture
Gizmo from the movie Gremlins via What Culture

Some Sunday nights we plop our family down in front of the television and watch a movie. Complete with dark chocolate drizzled sea salt popcorn and orange Jones soda pop in the glass bottles, we decided to watch Gremlins. Apparently, it’s a Christmas movie that even beat out Home Alone on this site’s list of top 50 holiday movies.

Neither I nor my husband could fully remember this movie, though both of us had watched it sometime in our childhoods, and remembered that it had a cute Gremlin and some scary ones. So, we had ourselves a family movie night, complete with a scary 80’s movie that made our kids laugh, giggle, roar, cover their eyes, and then cry at bedtime because they were terrified of the red-eyed creatures that might pop out in the dark.

Of course, our two-year old was sound asleep by 8:30 pm, but our eight-year old had decided to sleep with the lights on and come out of her room every ten minutes to use the bathroom, or get a drink, or simply cry that she couldn’t sleep. My heart was breaking because I, too, was a scaredy cat growing up and was scared of movies like E.T. and couldn’t sleep without being scared for years!

It was almost 10 pm, so I pulled her out of the room so we could watch an episode of Bob’s Burgers, our favourite cartoon, just so it could take her mind off of cute furry creatures who multiply with water to terrorize the world. Next time, we’ll just stick to Home Alone 1 & 2 for our movie nights. Merry Christmas to us all, indeed.

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    • I watched it as a child, maybe 4 years old, and have been terrified of it ever since. Even now, I don’t want to watch it! I watched other scary movies, but for whatever reason I hate ET, and people always made fun of me too!