Getting into the holiday spirit
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2. "Gremlins" (Joe Dante, 1984)
It’s the Tim Burton film Tim Burton never directed, but it’s also one of the most brilliant sci-fi-horror-comedy flicks of all time with a hell of a cast of creature characters and a nice anchor for the tale in actor Zach Galligan. Howie Mandel’s vocal incantations made Gizmo a delightful character for the kid in us all, but I’ve always been taken by the creativity of his San Francisco Chinatown origins, to the point that it’s difficult to walk down Grant Avenue without the sounds of Jerry Goldsmith’s memorable score thumping in my brain. A modern classic movie lovers of all stripes.