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Gremlins (1984)
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Gremlins (1984)

Minature green monsters tear through the small town of Kingston Falls. Hijinks ensue as a mild-mannered bank teller releases these hideous loonies after gaining a new pet and violating two of three simple rules: No water (violated), no food after midnight (violated), and no bright light. Hilarious m…ayhem and destruction in a town straight out of Norman Rockwell. So, when your washing machine blows up or your TV goes on the fritz, before you call the repair man, turn on all the lights and look under all the beds. 'Cause you never can tell, there just might be a gremlin in your house. (Read More)

Subgenre:
holiday horror christmas horror stop motion animation black comedy cult film 
Themes:
unlikely hero monster christmas friendship 
Locations:
water small town swimming pool bar 
Characters:
mother boyfriend girlfriend relationship family relationships 
Period:
winter 1980s 
Story:
microwave oven greedy banker bank teller candy bar christmas tree young men's christian association reference to pepe le pew light sensitivity negative asian stereotype swimming baths bright light dumb cop broken rule salespeople science teacher β€¦snowplow reference to snow white gremlin coors beer freak accident mass destruction flasher skunk animal in cast credits microwave shopkeeper fire alarm horror for children toy car barmaid midnight orchestral music score chinatown snowman slingshot department store banker animal cruelty urban legend cartoon on tv fountain car trouble pet gadget young love psychotronic inventor crossbow social commentary rampage exploding building movie theater blockbuster electronic music score beer drinking chainsaw record player holiday cult director pub first part gift bank product placement first of series suburb puppet transformation creature part of series voice over narration title spoken by character one word title dog  (See All)

Critters (1986)
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Critters (1986)

A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople.

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
monster 
Locations:
small town bar 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship family relationships 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
slingshot psychotronic social commentary electronic music score first part first of series creature title spoken by character one word title 

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Home Alone (1990)
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Home Alone (1990)

It is Christmas time and the McCallister family is preparing for a vacation in Paris, France. But the youngest in the family named Kevin got into a scuffle with his older brother Buzz and was sent to his room which is on the third floor of his house. Then, the next morning, while the rest of the fam…ily was in a rush to make it to the airport on time, they completely forgot about Kevin who now has the house all to himself. Being home alone was fun for Kevin, having a pizza all to himself, jumping on his parents' bed, and making a mess. Then, Kevin discovers about two burglars, Harry and Marv, about to rob his house on Christmas Eve. Kevin acts quickly by wiring his own house with makeshift booby traps to stop the burglars and to bring them to justice. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
christmas friendship 
Locations:
water 
Characters:
family relationships 
Story:
microwave oven christmas tree toy car cartoon on tv pet blockbuster holiday first part product placement suburb title spoken by character 

The Polar Express (2004)
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The Polar Express (2004)

When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
christmas friendship 
Period:
winter 
Story:
christmas tree orchestral music score blockbuster record player gift puppet voice over narration title spoken by character 

Frankenweenie (2012) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
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Frankenweenie (2012)

When young Victor's pet dog Sparky (who stars in Victor's home-made monster movies) is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince them (and his pa…rents) that despite his appearance, Sparky's still the good loyal friend he's always been. (Read More)

Subgenre:
stop motion animation 
Themes:
monster 
Locations:
small town swimming pool 
Story:
science teacher horror for children pet record player suburb creature one word title dog 

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Back To The Future (1985)
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Back To The Future (1985)

Marty McFly, a typical American teenager of the Eighties, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean "time machine" invented by a slightly mad scientist. During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and f…all in love - so he can get back to the future. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Locations:
small town 
Characters:
family relationships 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
car trouble inventor blockbuster first part product placement first of series suburb title spoken by character dog 

Ted (2012)
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Ted (2012)

John makes a Christmas miracle happen by bringing his one and only friend to life, his teddy bear. The two grow up together and John must then choose to stay with his girlfriend or keep his friendship with his crude and extremely inappropriate teddy bear, Ted.

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
christmas friendship 
Locations:
bar 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
christmas tree negative asian stereotype cartoon on tv first part product placement voice over narration title spoken by character one word title 

Poltergeist (1982)
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Poltergeist (1982)

A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they "kidnap" the youngest daughter.

Subgenre:
cult film 
Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
family relationships 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
orchestral music score psychotronic blockbuster cult director first part first of series suburb one word title 

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Edward Scissorhands (1990) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

In a castle high on top of a hill lives an inventor's greatest creation - Edward, a near-complete person. The creator died before he could finish Edward's hands; instead, he is left with metal scissors for hands. Since then, he has lived alone, until a kind lady called Peg discovers him and welcomes… him into her home. At first, everyone welcomes him into the community, but soon things begin to take a change for the worse. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
christmas 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship family relationships 
Story:
christmas tree orchestral music score inventor cult director bank suburb creature dog 

P2 (2007)
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P2 (2007)

The story centers on a corporate climber who gets stuck working late on Christmas Eve and finds herself the target of an unhinged security guard. With no help in sight, the woman must overcome physical and psychological challenges to survive.

Subgenre:
holiday horror christmas horror black comedy 
Themes:
christmas 
Locations:
water 
Period:
winter 
Story:
christmas tree car trouble record player holiday product placement one word title dog 

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

This is the tale of Harry Potter, an ordinary 11-year-old boy serving as a sort of slave for his aunt and uncle who learns that he is actually a wizard and has been invited to attend the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is snatched away from his mundane existence by Hagrid, the gro…unds keeper for Hogwarts, and quickly thrown into a world completely foreign to both him and the viewer. Famous for an incident that happened at his birth, Harry makes friends easily at his new school. He soon finds, however, that the wizarding world is far more dangerous for him than he would have imagined, and he quickly learns that not all wizards are ones to be trusted. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
monster christmas friendship 
Characters:
family relationships 
Story:
orchestral music score crossbow blockbuster first part bank first of series transformation creature title spoken by character dog 

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The Blob (1988)
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The Blob (1988)

Meg Penny is a cheerleader out on her first date with one of the football players, Paul Taylor. It doesn't go very well. Before they get where they're going, an old vagrant runs out in front of Paul's car, screaming in terror. The old man is closely followed by Brian Flagg, the local teen rebel, com…plete with long hair, black leather jacket, motorcycle and tough-guy attitude. Paul blames Brian for chasing the old man, but after the threesome takes him to the doctor's office, it becomes clear the vagrant had more to worry about than some young tough. He was screaming because of the acid-like substance on his hand - a substance that spreads over his body and eventually consumes him. Soon, the growing red blob, which sprouts tentacles to attack its victims, becomes a menace to the small town of Arbeville, Colorado. The military soon arrives in Hazmat suits, led by the wide-eyed Dr. Christopher Meddows. They're from the government, they say, and they want to help; but Brian's distrust for authority figures proves justified when he learns of their true motives. (Read More)

Subgenre:
stop motion animation black comedy cult film 
Themes:
unlikely hero monster friendship 
Locations:
small town 
Characters:
family relationships 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
urban legend social commentary rampage movie theater electronic music score transformation creature dog 

The Mask (1994) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
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The Mask (1994)

Stanley Ipkiss ('Jim Carrey' (qv)) is a bank clerk that is an incredibly nice man. Unfortunately, he is too nice for his own good and is a pushover when it comes to confrontations. After one of the worst days of his life, he finds a mask that depicts Loki, the Norse night god of mischief. Now, when …he puts it on, he becomes his inner, self: a cartoon romantic wild man. However, a small time crime boss, Dorian Tyrel ('Peter Greene (I)' (qv)), comes across this character dubbed "The Mask" by the media. After Ipkiss's alter ego indirectly kills his friend in crime, Tyrel now wants this green-faced goon destroyed. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
unlikely hero 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
cartoon on tv car trouble blockbuster first part bank transformation title spoken by character dog 

Frozen (2013)
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Frozen (2013)

Anna, a fearless optimist, sets off on an epic journey - teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven - to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious… snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. From the outside Anna's sister, Elsa looks poised, regal and reserved, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret-she was born with the power to create ice and snow. It's a beautiful ability, but also extremely dangerous. Haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her younger sister Anna, Elsa has isolated herself, spending every waking minute trying to suppress her growing powers. Her mounting emotions trigger the magic, accidentally setting off an eternal winter that she can't stop. She fears she's becoming a monster and that no one, not even her sister, can help her. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
monster friendship 
Period:
winter 
Story:
shopkeeper orchestral music score snowman blockbuster first part title spoken by character one word title 

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The Dead Zone (1983)
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The Dead Zone (1983)

Johnny Smith wakes from a coma due to a car accident, only to find he has lost five years of his life, and yet gained psychic powers. Foreseeing the future appears to be a 'gift' at first, but ends up causing problems...

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
unlikely hero christmas 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Period:
winter 1980s 
Story:
christmas tree psychotronic rampage exploding building electronic music score cult director product placement title spoken by character 

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween town to help him put on Chri…stmas instead of Halloween -- but alas, they can't get it quite right. (Read More)

Subgenre:
holiday horror stop motion animation black comedy cult film 
Themes:
monster christmas 
Story:
christmas tree horror for children dog 

The Thing (1982) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
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The Thing (1982)

A US research station, Antarctica, early-winter 1982. The base is suddenly buzzed by a helicopter from the nearby Norwegian research station. They are trying to kill a dog that has escaped from their base. After the destruction of the Norwegian chopper the members of the US team fly to the Norwegian… base, only to discover them all dead or missing. They do find the remains of a strange creature the Norwegians burned. The Americans take it to their base and deduce that it is an alien life form. After a while it is apparent that the alien can take over and assimilate into other life forms, including humans, and can spread like a virus. This means that anyone at the base could be inhabited by The Thing, and tensions escalate. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
monster 
Period:
winter 1980s 
Story:
coors beer fire alarm rampage electronic music score cult director transformation creature title spoken by character dog 

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Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
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Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Whos, an almost mutated sort of munchkinlike people. All the Whos love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates Christmas, and plots to steal it away… from the Whos which he equally abhors. Yet a small child, Cindy Lou Who, decides to try befriend the Grinch. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
monster christmas 
Story:
christmas tree blockbuster holiday creature dog 

Urban Legend (1998)
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Urban Legend (1998)

Urban Legend tells the story of a group of pretty college students at a remote New England university. The focus of the story is Natalie, a beautiful, academically-gifted student at the fictional Pendleton University. Natalie and her friends are all involved in the Folklore class being taught by Pro…fessor Wexler. Wexler regales his class with urban legends, which include Pendleton's own urban legend about a Psych professor who murdered six students at Stanley Hall 25 years ago. Natalie is the first one to suspect there's a killer on campus, especially after she has ties to all of the victims. No one, including her friends, Wexler, Dean Adams and security guard, of course, believes her until it's too late. Now she finds that she and her friends are part of the killer's ultimate urban legend. (Read More)

Locations:
swimming pool 
Story:
microwave oven microwave orchestral music score urban legend car trouble first part product placement 

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)
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Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)

Kevin McCallister is back. But this time he's in New York City with enough cash and credit cards to turn the Big Apple into his very own playground. But Kevin won't be alone for long. The notorious Wet Bandits, Harry and Marv, still smarting from their last encounter with Kevin, are bound for New Yo…rk too, plotting a huge holiday heist! Kevin's ready to welcome them with more battery of booby traps the bumbling bandits will never forget! (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
christmas friendship 
Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
family relationships 
Period:
winter 
Story:
christmas tree cartoon on tv blockbuster holiday gift product placement 

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Slither (2006) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
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Slither (2006)

In this blend of the B movie classic The Blob (1958), and some Romero's zombies film, a meteorite collides in a small town. Grant finds it, and is infected by a parasite worm, which installs in his brain and causes him a creepy transformation into a monster. Starla, his wife, and Bill, a policeman, …will try to stop him and the plague of worms generated by the creature. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
monster 
Locations:
small town swimming pool bar 
Story:
transformation creature one word title 

Masters Of The Universe (1987)
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Masters Of The Universe (1987)

On the planet Eternia, Skeletor and his dark army overthrow the Sorceress of Castle Grayskull expecting to acquire her power. He-Man, his old friend Duncan "Man-at-Arms" and his daughter Teela are attacked by Skeletor's soldiers and they defeat them. They also rescue their prisoner, the inventor and… locksmith Gwildor. He explains that he was lured by Evil-Lyn that used his invention Cosmic Key to open the gates and seize the Castle Grayskull. He-Man and his friends retrieve the prototype of the Cosmic Key trying to release the Sorcereress but they are defeated by Skeletor and his army and Gwildor uses his key to open and portal for them to flee. They come to Earth but lose the key. Meanwhile Julie Winston, who grieves the loss of her parents in a plane crash, and her boyfriend Kevin Corrigan find and activate the key, believing it is a foreign musical instrument. On Eternia, Evil-Lyn locates the Cosmic Key and Skeletor sends her with a group of mercenaries and soldiers to vanquish He-man and his friends and bring the key back. Will they succeed? (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
monster friendship 
Locations:
small town 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
microwave oven orchestral music score psychotronic inventor product placement transformation creature title spoken by character 

The Return Of The Living Dead (1985)
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The Return Of The Living Dead (1985)

When a bumbling pair of employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to re-animate as they go on a rampage through Louisville, Kentucky seeking their favorite food, brains.

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
rampage exploding building electronic music score first part first of series part of series dog 

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The Fog (1980)
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The Fog (1980)

As the centennial of the small town of Antonio Bay, California approaches, paranormal activity begins to occur at midnight. 100 years ago, the wealthy leper Blake bought the clipper ship Elizabeth Dane and sailed with his people to form a leper colony. However, while sailing through a thick fog, the…y were deliberately misguided by a campfire onshore, steering the course of the ship toward the light and crashing it against the rocks. While the town's residents prepare to celebrate, the victims of this heinous crime that the town's founders committed rise from the sea to claim retribution. Under cover of the ominous glowing fog, they carry out their vicious attacks, searching for what is rightly theirs. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
monster 
Locations:
water small town bar 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
midnight psychotronic electronic music score record player cult director 

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

40 years ago, five youths on a weekend getaway in the Texas countryside fell prey to a butcher in a mask made of human skin and his cannibalistic family, and horror cinema would never be the same. Violent, confrontational, and shockingly realistic, director Tobe Hooper's THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE… terrified audiences in a way never thought possible when it was unleashed on a politically and socially tumultuous America in 1974. Facing a storm of controversy, censorship, and outcry throughout its troubled release, this masterpiece of horror has stood the test of time to become a landmark motion picture and cultural milestone. To celebrate the film's 40th anniversary and its enduring ability to scare audiences both new and old, Dark Sky Films proudly presents THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE in an all-new 4k digital transfer and with a newly created 7.1 surround sound mix supervised by Tobe Hooper. Get ready to experience fear in a whole new way. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
friendship 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship family relationships 
Story:
animal cruelty urban legend car trouble psychotronic rampage blockbuster chainsaw cult director first part product placement first of series voice over narration 

Inspector Gadget (1999)
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Inspector Gadget (1999)

A remake of the television series, Matthew Broderick stars as Gadget, who suffers an accident at the beginning of the film, and befriends Brenda, a robotic surgeon who repairs Gadget so that he can defeat the villain Claw. In the meantime, Gadget and Brenda fall in love.

Subgenre:
cult film 
Story:
cartoon on tv gadget inventor blockbuster product placement title spoken by character dog 

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Cursed (2005)
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Cursed (2005)

Ellie has been taking care of her younger brother Jimmy since their parents death. One night after picking him up from a party they are involved in a car accident on Mullholland Drive. While trying to rescue a woman from the other car a creature attacks and kills her, also injuring both Ellie and Ji…mmy. After some research Jimmy realizes the creature could only have been a werewolf. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
monster 
Locations:
bar 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
rampage cult director product placement transformation creature title spoken by character one word title dog 

Ant-man (2015)
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Ant-man (2015)

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacl…es, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
unlikely hero friendship 
Locations:
water swimming pool bar 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship family relationships 
Story:
gadget inventor exploding building blockbuster product placement suburb title spoken by character one word title dog 

Bad Taste (1987) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
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Bad Taste (1987)

Derek and his friends must investigate the missing people in a small village. Then they find out its human formed aliens that are really big headed monsters that used all the people in the small village into their snack burgers. Now, Derek must save the day and the world with his chainsaw before the… meat eaters strikes the whole planet. Will Derek kill all the aliens? (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
unlikely hero 
Locations:
small town 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
electronic music score chainsaw cult director 

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Scrooged (1988)
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Scrooged (1988)

Frank Cross runs a US TV station which is planning a live adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol. Frank's childhood wasn't a particularly pleasant one, and so he doesn't really appreciate the Christmas spirit. With the help of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, Frank realises he must …change. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
christmas friendship 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
cartoon on tv holiday gift title spoken by character one word title dog 

Fido (2006)
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Fido (2006)

In an Earthly world resembling the 1950s, a cloud of space radiation has shrouded the planet, resulting in the dead becoming zombies that desire live human flesh. A company called Zomcon has been able to control the zombie population. Zombies can be temporarily neutralized by being shot, but can onl…y be permanently neutralized by their brain being destroyed. Their ultimate disposal is through cremation, or burial, the latter which requires decapitation with the head being buried separately from the body. Conversely, Zomcon has created the domestication collar, when activated and placed on a zombie makes the zombie controllable and thus an eternally productive creature within society. Because all dead initially become zombies, the elderly are viewed negatively and suspectly. And all people, adult or child, learn to shoot to kill to protect society. Zomcon is the go to organization for all things zombie. In the town of Willard, the Robinsons - father Bill, mother Helen, and adolescent son Timmy - are one family who don't own a zombie as a domestic since Bill is afraid of zombies, as, when he was a child, he had to shoot his own zombie father, who tried to eat him. Bill has thus become fascinated with funerals to see zombies put away permanently. But Helen feels pressured to get a zombie when Zomcon's new head of security in Willard, the officious Jonathan Bottoms, moves into the neighborhood with his family. Never having had to deal with a zombie directly, Timmy is initially wa… (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
unlikely hero monster friendship 
Characters:
mother boyfriend girlfriend relationship family relationships 
Story:
mass destruction rampage suburb creature one word title 

Colossal (2016)
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Colossal (2016)

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realiz…ation that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
monster friendship 
Locations:
small town swimming pool bar 
Story:
rampage beer drinking product placement creature one word title 

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Scream (1996) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
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Scream (1996)

1 year after her mother's death, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell), and her friends started experiencing some strange phone calls. They later learned the calls were coming from a crazed serial killer, in a white faced mask and a large black robe, looking for revenge. His phone calls usually consist of… many questions, the main one being: Whats your favorite scary movie? Along with many scary movie trivia, ending with bloody pieces of innocent lives scattered around the small town of Woodsboro. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
friendship 
Locations:
small town 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship family relationships 
Story:
social commentary cult director first part product placement first of series suburb title spoken by character one word title 

Ghostbusters (2016)
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Ghostbusters (2016)

Themes:
unlikely hero monster friendship 
Locations:
bar 
Story:
gadget inventor rampage exploding building product placement transformation creature title spoken by character one word title 

Astro Boy (2009)
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Astro Boy (2009)

Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving man's expectations, our hero embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, experiencing betrayal and a netherworl…d of robot gladiators, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who had rejected him. (Read More)

Themes:
unlikely hero monster 
Story:
inventor crossbow social commentary rampage exploding building chainsaw transformation creature title spoken by character 

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A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
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A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)

A new family moves into the house on Elm Street, and before long, the kids are again having nightmares about deceased child murderer Freddy Krueger. This time, Freddy attempts to possess a teenage boy to cause havoc in the real world, and can only be overcome if the boy's sweetheart can master her f…ear. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
monster friendship 
Locations:
small town swimming pool bar 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship family relationships 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
science teacher coors beer urban legend rampage electronic music score beer drinking transformation creature dog 

A Christmas Story (1983) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
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A Christmas Story (1983)

Christmas is approaching and 9 year-old Ralphie wants only one thing: a Red Ryder Range 200 Shot BB gun. When he mentions it at the dinner table, his mother's immediate reaction is that he'll put his eye out. He then decides on a perfect theme for his teacher but her reaction is like his. He fantasi…zes about what it would be like to be Red Ryder and catch the bad guys. When the big day arrives he gets lots of present under the tree including a lovely gift from his aunt that his mother just adores. But what about the BB gun? (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
christmas 
Locations:
small town 
Characters:
mother family relationships 
Story:
christmas tree department store gift voice over narration dog 

Beethoven (1992)
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Beethoven (1992)

The Newton family live in their comfortable home, but there seems to something missing. This "hole" is filled by a small puppy, who walks into their home and their lives. Beethoven, as he is named, grows into a giant of a dog... a St Bernard. Doctor Varnick, the local vet has a secret and horrible s…ideline, which requires lots of dogs for experiments. Beethoven is on the bad doctor's list. (Read More)

Characters:
mother family relationships 
Story:
animal in cast credits pet first part first of series suburb title spoken by character one word title dog 

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The Evil Dead (1981)
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The Evil Dead (1981)

Five college students take time off to spend a peaceful vacation in a remote cabin. A book and audio tape is discovered, and its evil is found to be powerful once the incantations are read out loud. The friends find themselves helpless to stop the evil as it takes them one by one, with only one surv…ivor left with the evil dead and desperately tries to fight to live until morning. (Read More)

Subgenre:
stop motion animation black comedy cult film 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
psychotronic blockbuster chainsaw cult director first part first of series 

Trick 'r Treat (2007)
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Trick 'r Treat (2007)

Five interwoven stories that occur on the same block, on the same night. A couple finds what happens when they blow a jack o' lantern out before midnight, a high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer, a college virgin might have met the right guy for her, a group of mean teens play a… prank that they take too far, and a hermit is visited by a special trick or treater. (Read More)

Subgenre:
holiday horror black comedy cult film 
Themes:
monster friendship 
Story:
candy bar reference to snow white midnight first part transformation title spoken by character dog 

Creepshow (1982) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
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Creepshow (1982)

Five tales of terror are presented. The first deals with a demented old man returning from the grave to get the Father's Day cake his murdering daughter never gave him. The second is about a not-too-bright farmer discovering a meteor that turns everything into plant-life. The third is about a vengef…ul husband burying his wife and her lover up to their necks on the beach. The fourth is about a creature that resides in a crate under the steps of a college. The final story is about an ultra-rich businessman who gets his comeuppance from cockroaches. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
monster 
Characters:
family relationships 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
cult director first part first of series creature one word title 

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Bandidas (2006)
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Bandidas (2006)

In 1848, a New York bank wants to put a railroad across Mexico, so it buys up small banks around Santa Rita, Durango, and evicts farmers on the proposed rail line who owe money. The bank's henchman is the murderous Jackson. He runs afoul of two women, Maria, the tough but uneducated daughter of a fa…rmer, and Sara, the European-educated daughter of the owner of one of these banks. To feed the now landless people and to seek revenge, Maria and Sara become bank robbers, veritable Robin Hoods. But Jackson and his hired guns are after them. What are the women's options? (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Locations:
small town bar 
Story:
banker fountain crossbow social commentary exploding building bank title spoken by character one word title dog 

Sneakers (1992)
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Sneakers (1992)

Martin Bishop is the head of a group of experts who specialise in testing security systems. When he is blackmailed by Government agents into stealing a top secret black box, the team find themselves embroiled in a game of danger and intrigue. After they recover the box, they discover that it has the… capability to decode all existing encryption systems around the world, and that the agents who hired them didn't work for the Government after all... (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
christmas friendship 
Locations:
swimming pool bar 
Story:
christmas tree orchestral music score social commentary blockbuster bank product placement one word title dog 

Thor (2011)
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Thor (2011)

The warrior Thor (Hemsworth) is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard by his father Odin (Hopkins) for his arrogance and sent to Earth to live among humans. Falling in love with scientist Jane Foster (Portman) teaches Thor much-needed lessons, and his new-found strength comes into play as a vill…ain from his homeland sends dark forces toward Earth. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
monster 
Locations:
small town bar 
Characters:
family relationships 
Story:
exploding building blockbuster first part product placement creature voice over narration title spoken by character one word title 

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The Howling (1981) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
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The Howling (1981)

In a red light district, newswoman Karen White is bugged by the police, investigating serial killer Eddie Quist, who has been molesting her through phone calls. After police officers find them in a peep-show cabin and shoot Eddie, Karen becomes emotionally disturbed and loses her memory. Hoping to c…onquer her inner demons, she heads for the Colony, a secluded retreat where the creepy residents are rather too eager to make her feel at home. There also seems to be a bizarre connection between Eddie Quist and this supposedly safe haven. And when, after nights of being tormented by unearthly cries, Karen ventures into the forest and makes a terrifying discovery. (Read More)

Subgenre:
stop motion animation cult film 
Themes:
monster friendship 
Locations:
bar 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
orchestral music score cartoon on tv rampage first of series transformation 

Phantasm (1979)
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Phantasm (1979)

Mike, a young teenage boy who has just lost his parents, afraid to lose his brother follow him to a funeral, where Mike witnesses the Tall Man lifting a coffin on his own. Mike decides to investigate, and discovers that the Tall Man, protected by his flying spheres, is shrinking dead bodies down to …half their normal size and reanimating them as slaves. It is then up to Mike, his brother, and Reggie the ice cream man to stop the Tall man. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Locations:
small town 
Story:
psychotronic electronic music score cult director first part first of series part of series one word title 

Fred Claus (2007)
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Fred Claus (2007)

During childhood, Fred Claus suffered his younger brother Nick's saintliness. Jump ahead: Fred is a fast-talking, genial but self-centered guy in Chicago looking for $50,000 to open an off-track-betting shop. When one scam goes awry, he calls Nick at the North Pole for a loan: Nick will give him the… money only if Fred comes up to help a few days with the Christmas rush. After his girlfriend dumps him, Fred heads north. Santa's facing an audit from an efficiency expert, and it's not pleasant. Fred's job is to review charts and determine who's naughty and who's nice. Is there any fraternal feeling left, can either learn from the other, and what about Santa getting fired? (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
christmas 
Locations:
bar 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship family relationships 
Story:
christmas tree snowman cartoon on tv holiday dog 

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Tucker And Dale Vs Evil (2010)
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Tucker And Dale Vs Evil (2010)

Two lovable West Virginian hillbillies are headed to their "fixer-upper" vacation cabin to drink some beer, do some fishin', and have a good time. But when they run into a group of preppy college kids who assume from their looks that they must be in-bred, chainsaw-wielding killers, Tucker & Dale's v…acation takes a bloody and hilarious turn for the worse. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Story:
freak accident animal in cast credits pet beer drinking chainsaw dog 

Halloween (1978) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
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Halloween (1978)

The year is 1963, the night: Halloween. Police are called to 43 Lampkin Ln. only to discover that 15 year old Judith Myers has been stabbed to death, by her 6 year-old brother, Michael. After being institutionalized for 15 years, Myers breaks out on the night before Halloween. No one knows, nor want…s to find out, what will happen on October 31st 1978 besides Myers' psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis. He knows Michael is coming back to Haddonfield, but by the time the town realizes it, it'll be too late for many people. (Read More)

Subgenre:
holiday horror cult film 
Locations:
small town 
Story:
blockbuster electronic music score first part first of series suburb title spoken by character one word title dog 

Arthur And The Invisibles (2006)
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Arthur And The Invisibles (2006)

Arthur is a spirited ten-year old whose parents are away looking for work, whose eccentric grandfather has been missing for several years, and who lives with his grandmother in a country house that, in two days, will be repossessed, torn down, and turned into a block of flats unless Arthur's grandfa…ther returns to sign some papers and pay off the family debt. Arthur discovers that the key to success lies in his own descent into the land of the Minimoys, creatures no larger than a tooth, whom his grandfather helped relocate to their garden. Somewhere among them is hidden a pile of rubies, too. Can Arthur be of stout heart and save the day? Romance beckons as well, and a villain lurks. (Read More)

Locations:
water bar 
Characters:
family relationships 
Story:
toy car midnight inventor chainsaw record player first part voice over narration dog 

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