Movie Poster REDUX: Steven Spielberg presents "Gremlins" [1984]

December is here. That's right. And either the apocalyptic end of the world will be here or, if the Mayans were wrong, Christmas will be here. Either way, December means holiday movies and we've got one of the great ones here in "Gremlins" [1984]. Directed by Joe Dante with Steven Spielberg serving as executive producer, the film raked in $148 million at the box office, making it the fourth highest grossing film of 1984. Although it was released in the summer, the film takes place in December as the small, furry creature called a Mogwai ("Gizmo") is purchased in an antiques store in Chinatown as a Christmas present.

Despite the film's PG rating, "Gremlins" was heavily criticized for some of its more violent sequences. Similar criticism was also leveled against "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", also released that year. This led Steven Spielberg to suggest that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) alter its rating system, which it did with the creation of the PG-13 rating two months after the film's release. The first film to receive the new PG-13 rating? "Red Dawn", released in August of that same year.


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