The Christmas movie countdown is our way of sharing the movies that get us in the festive mood, every day until xmas (kinda like an advent calender, minus the chocolate, sorry)
Billy Peltzer is given an extremely unusual Christmas present: a Mogwai. It’s extremely cute (like a Furby, but cuter and less creepy), lovable and comes with a set of very important rules –
1) never expose it to bright light, or it will die 2) never get it wet 3) never let it eat after midnight. But yes, you guessed it, these rules get spectacularly broken. To keep it short, this results in a horde of wild reptile-like creatures rampaging anarchically around the sleepy town of Kingston Falls, while Billy and his girlfriend Kate try to stop the nasty little creatures (but don’t worry, the original – and most adorable – Mogwai, named Gizmo, stays that way: adorable). The gremlins cause power cuts, invade a bar and a cinema, and cause an old woman with a house full of cats to be thrown out of her window by a stairlift (funnier than it sounds, honestly).
Apart from being set at Christmastime, Gremlins rules as a Christmas film because a stomach full of Celebrations chocolates and a heart full of Christmas cheer is precisely what’s needed to appreciate (and by appreciate, I mean laugh so hysterically at you almost vomit your Celebrations) dodgy ‘80s special effects, a plot which lurches from stupidly formulaic and predictable to insane and bizarre almost to the point of not-really-being-a-plot, and the ultimate unfairness of adorable Mogwais turning into scary reptile monsters mid-way through.
DOES IT PASS THE BECHDEL TEST?
Not as far as I can remember. There’s more than one female character (Billy’s love interest, Kate; Billy’s Mum, Lynn; that old woman who gets thrown off her stairlift; etc) but I don’t think they ever speak to each other. The women are fairly disposable too, pretty much apart from Kate, and for the most part only exist in relation as a male character’s wife/love interest/mother ect, rather than in her own right.