Well, it was a statistical inevitability wasn't it? The Gremlins, considered by many horror fans to be their favorite Christmas movie, looks to finally be getting doused with water. Or is that fed after midnight?
Most horror films consist of three character types—the villain, hero and the useless authority figure. Whether it's a cop, teacher or parent, their sole purpose is to do more harm than good. Some of them actively thwart the protagonists, while others are genuinely inept. Either way, they're typically embarrassments to their title or profession.
Every fall we like to salute the very best in sci-fi pumpkin carving, but jack-o-lanterns aren't the only game in town. Summer means watermelons, and watermelons mean another canvas for knife-wielding geeks to go to town on.
Tonight's episode of Monster Man (10/9C on Syfy) sees the propmakers creating a spider, which should win over anyone who thinks CGI monsters are better looking than models. Personally, we'd achieve that by making a giant, remote-controlled monster that shoots lasers at anyone who puts down the power of good model effects.
We don't care what people say: Gremlins is a superb Christmas movie, right up there with It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. Not only that, but it sits among the pantheon of Great '80s Kids Movies. (Think E.T., The Dark Crystal and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. OK, maybe not that last one.)