THIS MONTH'S SERMON
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18TH
‘Gremlins’ creep into December’s Revival House
The Revival House wraps up 2019 by presenting movie-goers with a special holiday gift: a screening of ‘Gremlins,’ the 1984 holiday horror-comedy on Wednesday, December 18, at 7 p.m. at the Milton Theatre. Local favorites Speed Limit 18 will precede the screening with a special set starting at 6 p.m.
SHOW STARTS AT 6PM
ON THE STAGE: SPEED LIMIT 18
Prior to the film, Delaware’s own Speed Limit 18 will take the stage to provide a raucous start to the evening’s festivities. Founded in 2016, the trio consists of long-time pals Oliver Sachs, Alex Boswell and Zach Yenovkian. The group all share writing responsibilities while rocking out on guitar, piano, sax, and drums to perform their all-original numbers, which are inspired by such irreverent rockers such as 21 Pilots and AJR.
The band, who all attended Rehoboth Elementary School together, now attend Sussex Academy. They released their first album, “Stooped,” in January of 2019 and have been touring throughout the area when they are not too occupied with their schoolwork.
ON THE SCREEN: GREMLINS
Released in 1984, “Gremlins” opened against a tiny film called “Ghostbusters,” and went on to be the fourth highest-grossing film on the year. It was written by Chris Columbus, who would later go on to write “The Goonies,” and direct “Home Alone,” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” The film was directed by Joe Dante and produced by Steven Spielberg.
“Gremlins” introduces us to the original Baby Yoda, a big-eared little furball known as Gizmo, a creature that was gifted to young Billy (played by Zach Galligan) as a Christmas gift from his inventor-father. As adorable and cuddly as he is, little Gizmo comes with a very strict set of rules: he cannot get wet, be exposed to direct sunlight, or be fed after midnight.
When these rules are accidentally broken, not only do the creatures multiply, but they turn into murderous monsters who populate and terrorize a small town and its inhabitants.
Though it was universally embraced by audiences, “Gremlins” was also notable for being one of the films that brought about the PG-13 rating, due to the little critters’ penchant for on-screen death and destruction. It was also responsible for a slew of serving as inspiration for a spate of little-monster movies that populated screens in the mid-to-late 80s, such as “Critters,” “Ghoulies,” “Munchies,” and “Hobgoblins.” A sequel, “Gremlins 2: The New Batch” was released in 1990.