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Gremlins (1984)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

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 mayhem 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)

Themes:monster,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:bar
Period:winter,  1980s
Story:bright light,  midnight,  pet,  water,  microwave oven,  greedy banker,  holiday horror,  bank teller,  creature,  christmas horror,  candy bar,  christmas tree,  small town,  young men's christian association,  reference to pepe le pew,  light sensitivity,  negative asian stereotype,  swimming baths,  dumb cop,  broken rule,  salespeople,  science teacher,  snowplow,  reference to snow white,  gremlin,  coors beer,  freak accident,  mass destruction,  flasher,  skunk,  microwave,  animal in cast credits,  shopkeeper,  fire alarm,  horror for children,  toy car,  barmaid,  orchestral music score,  chinatown,  snowman,  slingshot,  department store,  banker,  animal cruelty,  unlikely hero,  urban legend,  cartoon on tv,  fountain,  car trouble,  gadget,  young love,  psychotronic,  inventor,  crossbow,  stop motion animation,  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,  part of series,  mother,  black comedy,  swimming pool,  voice over narration,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  dog

Critters (1986)
Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

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.

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

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The Blob (1988)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

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, complete 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)

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

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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

Frankenweenie (2012) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Horror, Sci-fi

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 parents) that despite his appearance, Sparky's still the good loyal friend he's always been. (Read More)

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

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Home Alone (1990)
Comedy, Family

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 family 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. This is why Home Alone (1990) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984). (Read More)

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

Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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)

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

The Return Of The Living Dead (1985)
Comedy, Horror

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.

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

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Cursed (2005) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
Comedy, Horror

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 Jimmy. After some research Jimmy realizes the creature could only have been a werewolf. (Read More)

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

Inspector Gadget (1999)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-fi

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.

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

Urban Legend (1998)
Horror, Mystery

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 Professor 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. This is why Urban Legend (1998) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984). (Read More)

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

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Scrooged (1988)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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)

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

Bandidas (2006) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Western

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 farmer, 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)

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

The Mask (1994)
Comedy, Fantasy

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)

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

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Ghostbusters (2016)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Ghostbusters (2016)

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

P2 (2007)
Crime, Horror, Thriller

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. This is why P2 (2007) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984). (Read More)

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

Beethoven (1992) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
Comedy, Drama, Family

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 sideline, which requires lots of dogs for experiments. Beethoven is on the bad doctor's list. (Read More)

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

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Masters Of The Universe (1987)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Thriller

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)

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

Back To The Future (1985)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

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 fall in love - so he can get back to the future. (Read More)

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

The Fog (1980)
Horror, Thriller

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, they 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)

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

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy

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. This is why How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984). (Read More)

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

Fred Claus (2007)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy

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)

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

Astro Boy (2009)
Action, Animation, Comedy, Family, Sci-fi

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 netherworld of robot gladiators, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who had rejected him. (Read More)

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

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Fido (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Horror, Sci-fi

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 only 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 wary of their zombie. But as a lonely child who has no friends and is often bullied, Timmy eventually befriends their zombie, who he names Fido, as he treats the zombie much like a faithful pet dog. Timmy protects Fido at all cost, even after Fido, due to no fault of its own, is implicated in some deaths, which creates a mini-wave of loose zombies unknown to Zomcon. But Fido may play a larger role within the family as a companion for Helen, who is largely neglected by Bill, since he sees human affection as ultimately resulting in such difficult issues as what happened between him and his own father. With Timmy and Helen treating Fido with kindness, Fido, in turn, may prove that not all zombies, even when without their domestication collar, are out to kill anyone and everyone in their path. (Read More)

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

The Dead Zone (1983) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

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...

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

Scream (1996)
Horror, Mystery

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. This is why Scream (1996) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984). (Read More)

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

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Tucker And Dale Vs Evil (2010)
Comedy, Horror

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 vacation takes a bloody and hilarious turn for the worse. (Read More)

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

Trick 'r Treat (2007)
Horror, Thriller

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)

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

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

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)

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

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Friday The 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Friday The 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

Five years after killing the goalie hockey-masked killer Jason Voorhees, Tommy Jarvis has grown up in various mental hospitals unable to get over the nightmares about Jason's return. When Tommy is sent to a rural halfway house in New Jersey for mentally disturbed teenagers, a series of grisly murders begin anew as another hockey-masked killer begins killing off all people at and around the residence. Has Jason returned from the dead to re-start his killing spree? Has Tommy decided to take over the reign of Jason, or has someone else? (Read More)

Period:1980s
Story:candy bar,  orchestral music score,  car trouble,  psychotronic,  rampage,  chainsaw,  small town,  cult film

Colossal (2016)
Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-fi

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 realization 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. This is why Colossal (2016) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984). (Read More)

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

An American Werewolf In London (1981)
Comedy, Horror

An American Werewolf In London (1981)

Two American college students are on a walking tour of Britain and are attacked by a werewolf. One is killed, the other is mauled. The werewolf is killed but reverts to its human form, and the local townspeople are unwilling to acknowledge its existence. The surviving student begins to have nightmares of hunting on four feet at first but then finds that his friend and other recent victims appear to him, demanding that he commit suicide to release them from their curse, being trapped between worlds because of their unnatural deaths. (Read More)

Themes:monster,  friendship
Period:1980s
Story:psychotronic,  rampage,  holiday,  pub,  first part,  product placement,  transformation,  black comedy,  cult film,  dog

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The Thing (1982) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi

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)

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

Slither (2006)
Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi

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)

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

The Jerk (1979)
Comedy

The Jerk (1979)

Navin is an idiot. He grew up in Mississippi as adopted son of a black family but on his 18th birthday he feels he wants to discover the rest of the world and sets out to St. Louis. There everyone exploits his naivety, but then a simple invention brings him a fortune.

Story:fire alarm,  inventor,  blockbuster,  bank,  voice over narration,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  family relationships,  dog

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Ted (2012)
Comedy, Fantasy

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. This is why Ted (2012) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984). (Read More)

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

The Watch (2012) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

The Watch (2012)

In Glenview, Ohio, Evan is the manager of the Costco department store and married to Abby. When the Costco night watchman, Antonio Guzman, is mysteriously murdered, Evan organizes The Neighborhood Watch, a watch team with his suburban neighbors Bob, Franklin and Jamarcus to protect the neighborhood and find the killer of Antonio. Soon they discover that the murderer is an alien that is preparing to invade Earth, and they become the last hope of mankind on Earth. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:department store,  exploding building,  product placement,  suburb,  creature,  small town,  swimming pool,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dog

Creepshow (1982)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

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 vengeful 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)

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

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Bad Taste (1987)
Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi

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)

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

Elf (2003)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Elf (2003)

Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Period:winter
Story:christmas tree,  snowman,  department store,  stop motion animation,  blockbuster,  voice over narration,  family relationships

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

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 conquer 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. This is why The Howling (1981) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984). (Read More)

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

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Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-fi

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)

Wayne Szalinski is your average "nutty scientist", working on a top secret machine that shrinks objects. When it unexpectedly starts working, he's so amazed he forgets to tell his family to be careful. And when they wander into his lab...

Period:1980s
Story:inventor,  stop motion animation,  blockbuster,  suburb,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  dog

The Holiday (2006)
Comedy, Romance

The Holiday (2006)

In London, Iris Simpkins writes a wedding column in a newspaper and nurtures an unrequited love for her colleague Jasper Bloom. Near Christmas, she is informed that Jasper is engaged to marry another colleague, and her life turns upside down. In Los Angeles, the movie-trailers maker Amanda Woods has just split with her unfaithful boyfriend Ethan and wants to forget him. Through a house exchange website, Amanda impulsively swaps her mansion for Iris' cottage in Surrey for the holidays. While in Surrey, Amanda meets Iris' brother and book editor Graham and they fall in love with each other. Meanwhile, Iris meets her new next door neighbor the ninety year old screenplay writer Arthur, who helps her retrieve her self-esteem, and the film composer Miles, with whom she falls in love. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:bar
Story:christmas tree,  holiday,  pub,  gift,  swimming pool,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dog

Clash Of The Titans (1981)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Clash Of The Titans (1981)

Perseus is the favored son of the god Zeus, but he has unwittingly ticked off the sea goddess Thetis. Just to make things worse, Perseus falls in love with the lovely Princess Andromeda, who used to be engaged to Thetis's son. Soon Perseus is off on one quest after another, with Zeus helping, Thetis hindering, and lots of innocent bystanders getting stabbed, drowned, and squished. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Story:orchestral music score,  unlikely hero,  stop motion animation,  gift,  creature,  mother,  cult film

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The Shining (1980) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
Drama, Horror

The Shining (1980)

Signing a contract, Jack Torrance, a normal writer and former teacher agrees to take care of a hotel which has a long, violent past that puts everyone in the hotel in a nervous situation. While Jack slowly gets more violent and angry of his life, his son, Danny, tries to use a special talent, the "Shining", to inform the people outside about whatever that is going on in the hotel. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Period:winter,  1980s
Story:toy car,  cartoon on tv,  blockbuster,  electronic music score,  gift,  mother,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  family relationships

Arthur Et Les Minimoys (2006)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy

Arthur Et Les Minimoys (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 grandfather 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. This is why Arthur Et Les Minimoys (2006) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984). (Read More)

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

A Christmas Story (1983)
Comedy, Family

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 fantasizes 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)

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

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Grindhouse (2007)
Action, Horror, Thriller

Grindhouse (2007)

A double-bill of thrillers that recall both filmmakers' favorite exploitation films. "Grindhouse" (a downtown movie theater in disrepair since its glory days as a movie palace known for "grinding out" non-stop double-bill programs of B-movies) is presented as one full-length feature comprised of two individual films helmed separately by each director. "Death Proof," is a rip-roaring slasher flick where the killer pursues his victims with a car rather than a knife, while "Planet Terror" shows us a view of the world in the midst of a zombie outbreak. The films are joined together by clever faux trailers that recall the '50s exploitation drive-in classics. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bar
Story:holiday horror,  car trouble,  exploding building,  movie theater,  small town,  black comedy,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  one word title

Suspiria (1977) is one of the best movies like Gremlins (1984)
Horror

Suspiria (1977)

Suzy Bannion travels to Germany to perfect her ballet skills. She arrives at the Tanz dance academy in the pouring rain and is refused admission after another woman is seen fleeing the school. She returns the next morning and this time is let in. She learns that the young woman she saw fleeing the previous evening, Pat Hingle, has been found dead. Strange things soon begin to occur. Suzy becomes ill and is put on a special diet; the school becomes infested with maggots; odd sounds abound; and Daniel, the pianist, is killed by his own dog. A bit of research indicates that the ballet school was once a witches' coven - and as Suzy learns, still is. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:psychotronic,  exploding building,  electronic music score,  cult director,  pub,  first part,  creature,  swimming pool,  voice over narration,  cult film,  one word title,  dog

Odd Thomas (2013)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Odd Thomas (2013)

Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas ('Anton Yelchin' (qv)) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows-up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs - predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction - Odd knows that his town is in serious trouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart Stormy ('Addison Timlin' (qv)) and the local sheriff ('Willem Dafoe' (qv)), Odd plunges into an epic battle of good vs evil to try to stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. Based on the best-selling thriller by Dean Koontz. (Read More)

Story:small town,  mass destruction,  unlikely hero,  fountain,  product placement,  creature,  black comedy,  swimming pool,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dog

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