“First of all, keep him out of the light, he hates bright light, especially sunlight, it’ll kill him. Second, don’t give him any water, not even to drink. But the most important rule, the rule you can never forget, no matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs, never feed him after midnight…”
Joe Dante’s GREMLINS (it’s a Christmas movie!) is one of the Rio Theat’re most year-round requested titles, and it’s returning to our calendar as the last Friday Late Night Movie of 2019 on December 27. Written by Chris Columbus (THE GOONIES, HOME ALONE), GREMLINS is a hilarious holiday classic that appeals to kids of all ages (especially if they grew up in the 80s!).
When a gadget salesman is looking for that special Christmas gift for his son Billy, he happens upon something totally unusual at an old store in Chinatown. Though the shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the adorable “Mogwai,” creature, he sells it to him anyway – with a few important caveats. Never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. When the instructions aren’t followed, chaos ensues when a gang of mischevious, lizard-like gremlins appear, wreaking havoc and tearing up the Norman Rockwell-esque town on Christmas Eve. Starring Phoebe Cates, Zach Galligan, Corey Feldman, Polly Holliday, Keye Luke and… Gizmo.
“This postmodern, endlessly referential, utterly ruthless film is an ingenious, delightfully scary fairytale horror flick …” (The Observer)
“Think of A Christmas Carol visited by The Birds. Think of The Muppet Movie run amok. Imagine a berserk film editor splicing It’s a Wonderful Life to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, with quoting from Snow White and a nod to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” (Christian Science Monitor)
Friday, December 27
Doors 10:30 pm | Movie 11:00 pm *Start time subject to change.
Tickets $13 advance HERE | $13 at the door
*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for main floor seating and bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
GREMLINS (Joe Dante, 1984 / 106 mins / PG) | When Billy Peltzer is given a strange but adorable pet named Gizmo for Christmas, he inadvertently breaks the three important rules of caring for a Mogwai, and unleashes a horde of mischievous gremlins on his small town.