|Gremlins (Read-Along Adventure), Warner Bros. Inc.|
Buena Vista Records, 1984.
(This post should have run yesterday, but life got in the way. Big Sis came home sick. She's home again today, too.)
So, Read-Along Adventures. As a kid in the '80s, I had more of these than I can remember. Some were on record, many were on cassette. I don't know what became of most of our collection. The books were cheaply-bound paperbacks that often fell apart, and tapes and records were left out and ruined over time. Kids are hard on stuff.
Halloween morning, Big Sis was scrolling through the new releases on Amazon Prime Instant Video, while I was lying in bed, sick. Suddenly she cried, "Hey, Mom, Gremlins in on Amazon!"
You know those weird pop cultury things that pepper your everyday conversation? I've been known to react to bright sunlight or flashes with a high-pitched, "Bright light! Bright light!" That said, I hadn't seen Gremlins in years. It was released during the summer of 1984, two months before my seventh birthday. I remember seeing it in the movie theater, but only after all the neighborhood kids had already seen it. My dad was concerned about the violence. It was rated PG, but so was Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and my folks were not about to let us see that. The PG-13 rating came into being soon after these movies came out. I was only 7 when I saw Gremlins, but the violence didn't bother me. It was pretty cartoonish.
Who can forget the rules? "Keep them away from light. Especially sunlight. Sunlight could kill them. Never get them wet. And above all, never, ever feed them after midnight."
Oh, what a silly little movie. Big Sis and I had an enjoyable time watching it. It was a nice way to start Halloween, with a comedy-thriller that takes place during Christmastime. Some of our thoughts:
[As Hoyt Axton appears on the screen.] "That guy wrote 'Joy to the World.' The rock song, not the Christmas song." (I proceed to sing the first verse and chorus of Three Dog Night's "Joy to the World.")
"That's a really weird song." - Big Sis
"His mom co-wrote 'Heartbreak Hotel.'" - me
"The Elvis song?" - Big Sis
"Good girl." - me
[During the Chinatown shop scene.] "Oh, the Chinese stereotypes!" - me (I kept thinking of this, for some reason.)
"After midnight? How long after midnight? What about morning or afternoon?" - Big Sis
"What about time zones?" - me
"I want a real Mogwai! I want a Gizmo!" - Big Sis
"Oh, it's so cute!!!" - Little Sis, wandering into the room.
"Oh, yeah, I forgot Corey Feldman was in this!" - me
"Who is he?" - Big Sis
"One of the two Coreys!" (silence) "Oh, well, you know him from The Goonies." - me
"Oh, yeah." - Big Sis
[After the mom's kitchen battle with the original Gremlins.]"The microwave thing was cool!" - Big Sis
[When mean Mrs. Deagle flies through the window.] "YEAH!" - Big Sis
[Gremlins in the pub scene] "Why doesn't she just leave? Why is she serving the gremlins?" - Big Sis
[As Kate relates the story of why she hates Christmas to Billy.] "Okay, this is my favorite speech. I think it's really funny because it's so over-the-top. Also, I still believed in Santa when I first saw this, so it wasn't funny to me back then." - me
"Is it supposed to be sad?" - Big Sis
"I think it's supposed to be 'so bad it's funny.' It's black comedy, baby." - me (Also, THIS.)
[Movie theatre scene.] "How do they know all the songs from Snow White? It makes no sense!!!" - Big Sis
It's a funny movie!
So, back to Read-Along Adventures. The girls found this at my grandma's house a few years ago. The tape is long gone, but someone uploaded the audio via YouTube.
I screwed up the collages a bit, so the page turns will be off after the stand-alone page 10, with the close-up of Stripe. Otherwise, have fun following along!
"Let's begin now."