Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Movie Meme...The Eighties!

This week Hannah's theme is the perfect one for me...the 80s!  My teenage years were spent revelling in the fashion, the music and the films of this iconic decade!

By the mid 80's I was tall enough to get into the local cinema to watch 'AA' and 'X' Rated movies (we didn't have 15's and 18's then!)  The first multi-screen cinema complex opened up in Slough by the late 80's, offering half price entry on Wednesdays, so I was a bit of a regular. Good memories.

My first choice of favourite 80's movie was The Lost Boys featuring the lovely Kiefer Sutherland long before CTU claimed him as their own.  It was a vampire movie which was made how a vampire movie should be made, with hot, vicious teen vampires on the rampage.  But as Hannah shares a similar taste in all things horrific and chose it herself, I'm having to take a different direction with my choice!

So the film I have chosen is Gremlins.  Released in 1984, it was the must see Christmas movie.

I saw it at the cinema and we all fell in love with the adorable Gizmo, the cute little pet who came with his own set of rules!!  When the rules are broken it leads to a horde of malevolent, mischievous, green monsters overtaking the town and wreaking havoc.

I loved this film.  The characterization of the marauding creatures was beautifully done...from the beer swilling, card playing gamblers to the cross dressing, over made-up protagonists in the local pub.  The scenes where the Gremlins were killed off in the kitchen was classic...who could forget the untimely death by blender or the explosive  microwave moment!

Joe Dante directed and created genuine suspense without losing the humour from what was essentially quite a horrific premise.  All the while as the hideous creatures caused mayhem, Gizmo looked on with his big eyes with a look of disappointment and genuine sorrow at what his progeny had become.  (I'm sure there is some deep analogy to be made there for media students!)

I remember not knowing what the creatures looked like and being blown away in the cinema when the box with the Mogwai in was opened.  Then the second generation evil ones were produced and we all gasped as they transformed into the reptilian monsters. We laughed and we felt slightly nervous all at the same time. None of the sequels came close in capturing the magic of the first film.  We knew what to expect second time round and the suspense was replaced with a rehashing of a "small-creatures-attack-town" storyline that relied heavily on slapstick humour.

Gremlins rocked!


  1. I loved the Gremlins the 80's was just fab all round really wasn't it

  2. I was never r a big fan of this film although the gizmo was cute!

  3. Completely rocked.

    I adored this film, and still do.

    Always wanted Gizmo and the one from Gremlins 2 with the silly eyes.

    And Spike, of course. Awesome x

  4. Spike!

    Loved the Gremlins. Fantastic! xX

  5. I really enjoyed your review, btw but I got trigger happy :D x

  6. da da da da da, da da da da da da in my head now - that lovely little Gizmo x

  7. love this film choice! give me a gizmo! x

  8. I have to say I love the bit where the Mum 'deals' with the Gremlins - I watched it with my kids a while back and had forgotten how graphic some of it was.....and the bit about her Dad dying in the dark is that?! Still love it though - the movie that spawned (sorry bad pun) many a cat being called Gizmo for many a year!

  9. This was another film I considered choosing. This week was really hard I think as so many great 80's films. I love gizmo wish I had one!

  10. An absolute CLASSIC. I love it. I think everyone wanted a Gizmo. 80's films rock :) xxx

  11. this was another one my son watched to death, the only bit he didn't like ( but would go and sit behind the couch and look from between his fingers) was when they microwaved one of them.
    and yes there were a lot of unsuitable bits I suppose a 5 yr old should not have been watching, and certainly would not let the grandchildren watch it, but he loved the film to bits

  12. Great film that made me roar with laughter and cry too x



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