Don’t get him wet. Don’t expose him to bright lights. Never feed him after midnight. 

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Before we get too engrossed in the feel-good season, another classic movie to watch, and second on the NerdiPop Christmas Countdown, is Gremlins.

Gremlins is a horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante and distributed by Warner Bros. in 1984. The film’s executive producer was Steven Spielberg, while Chris Columbus wrote the screenplay.

Randall Peltzer, a failing inventor, discovers a little, fuzzy creature called a Mogwai at a Chinatown antique store while looking for a unique Christmas present for his 21-year-old son. The owner refuses to sell the Mogwai, claiming that it is a huge responsibility to own one. The owner’s grandson, on the other hand, sells Randall the monster, stating that his family requires the funds. For caring for Mogwai, there are three specific instructions:  never get it wet; and, most importantly: no matter how much it cries or begs, never, ever feed it after midnight.

He names the Mogwai “Gizmo”. A glass of water is accidentally spilled on Gizmo, causing him to convulse and produce five new Mogwai from his own body…

A lasting Christmas favorite, watched today, thirty years after it was first released, it still holds magic for the adult viewer who grew up in the ’80s. The caroling Gremlins are still a favorite of mine.

Fun fact: Howie Mandel from the America’s got Talent fame is the voice of Gizmo, the main Mogwai character.

Listen to Gizmo’s song here