Years before director Chris Columbus directed the heartwarming holiday classic Home Alone, he helmed this 1984 black comedy set during Christmas time. In the film, a struggling inventor searches for an unusual present for his son, and decides upon a seemingly harmless and adorable pet Mogwai. The cute factor ends quickly when they realize that, when doused with water, this pet spawns other creatures who transform into small, destructive, evil monsters that enjoy eating power cords and body parts, among other things, and run rampant through town before they are destroyed. Gremlins is a prime example of why it's always better to write a Christmas wish list.
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