Twas the Night for Bloodshed – Gremlins Taglines

It was recently brought to my attention that Gremlins is a holiday horror film, set during the Christmas season. Those crazy critters are a holiday joy, especially with Gizmo and his cuteness alongside his brethren of troublemakers. Gremlins is a creature feature for the holidays, and I am here to share the taglines from the first and second installment in the film franchise during this Christmas season.

Gremlins (1984)

Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous.

Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous. [Crosses Out] We’re here!

What you see… isn’t always what you get.

The Gremlins Are Coming!

Don’t get him wet, keep him out of bright light, and never feed him after midnight.

They didn’t obey the rules

Gremlins does not contain any holiday-related taglines, which may be another reason behind why I forgot that the film takes place during Christmas (other than the obvious fact that I have not watched Gremlins in years). However, the holiday is not the main focus of the film: Gizmo and the malevolent mischievous monsters are the stars. The film poster does give some hint to a present on the shown poster and the re-released poster in 1985. The favored tagline in this decent selection is what you see… isn’t always what you get. It is another subtle hint to giving and receiving gifts, but it also hints at the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover.”

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

Take Your Batch to See The New Batch

Here they grow again.

We warned you. Remember the rules. You didn’t listen.

Sadly, we are only given three taglines for the second installment and once again – no holiday references in sight. The first tagline is a not so subtle play on words, telling the audience to bring the kiddies to see the new batch of troublemaking monsters. I was less than impressed with the tagline selection for the sequel; however, I could never resist the cuteness of Gizmo. The only tagline I enjoy is the third one, which brings us back to the rules that were not obeyed.

Gremlins is not the traditional holiday horror film, no killer Santa in sight and no Christmas inspired taglines. However, it is another horror film set during the Christmas season, bringing presents of critters that are cute and cuddly until they turn deadly. Follow the rules this holiday season or you may just end up with some malevolent mischievous monsters destroying everything in sight this Christmas.

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~ by nicmarray on December 17, 2009.

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