The pint-sized terrors of 1984’s Gremlins may have made their last big-screen appearance back in 1990 in Gremlins 2: The New Batch, but thanks to candy bar Snickers’ ongoing commercial campaign where celebrities portray hungry personalities, the diminutive delinquents (well, one of them anyway) are back!
In a commercial recently broadcast in the United Kingdom and France, a Mohawk-inspired Gremlin laughs maniacally and tears apart a pillow as two hapless sods try to bring a fridge into an apartment. Only a Snickers bar, which is apt given Gremlins’ predilection towards candy, will satisfy.
In need of some Christmas-themed movie ideas to watch as the family gathers around the fire roasting chestnuts this year? Threatening to shoot your own eyes out if you have to sit through the 24-hour broadcast of A Christmas Story one more time? Well, here are some alternative movie options for you to consider which should go along with that mug of mulled wine and eggnog quite nicely. From action to comedy and horror to the cringeworthy, there is something here for everyone!
Continue below now to check out some of my top yearly holiday favorites!
Back in January we reported that Warner Bros. was in negotiations with Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Entertainment to remake Joe Dante‘s 1984 holiday horror-comedy classic Gremlins. The negotiations must have worked out because the studio is moving full speed ahead on the remake and they have already tapped a well-known name in the horror genre to take on producing duties.
Seth Grahame-Smith, the author of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, will produce the Gremlins reboot alongside David Katzenberg. Most recently Grahame-Smith adapted Vampire Hunter into a feature film released last year and worked on the script for a Beetlejuice sequel that Tim Burton may still direct. Burton, who produced Vampire Hunter for director Timur Bekmambetov, also collaborated with Grahame-Smith on his Dark Shadows movie that belly flopped at the box office last May. The writer was also retained by Fox to rewrite their long-gestating Fantastic Four reboot that Josh Trank is still on board to direct.
Among the many beloved movies and movie franchises we’ve heard listed off as potential candidates for the remake or reboot treatment, the 1984 horror-comedy classic Gremlins is one of them. Back in 2009 there was even word that a possible Gremlins 3might be happening. Thankfully, as of this very moment, it’s also one of the lucky few that has yet to go under the knife.
But it’s hard to say how long that will last. According to sources, Warner Brothers is in some form of negotiations with Gremlins producer Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment to try and remake the movie.
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