|Posted by Anna H. on October 1, 2013 at 6:00 AM|
This is my Blogster entry from October 1, 2013.
How's it going my Blogsterians? I hope you are all doing well. Since it is October, I have chosen to share a throwback from nearly 30 years ago. If you were around in 1984 (I was 2 years old), you may remember that old Horror Comedy, Gremlins.
Gremlins Trailer (1984)
It was 1 of the most controversial movies during 1984. Actually, 1984 was quite a controversial year regarding entertainment, in general.
Democrat, Tipper Gore had a spazz attack about her 12-year-old daughter's music. Karenna was listening to Prince's "Darling Nikki" from his Purple Rain album.
This incident led to Tipper becoming the founder of Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) and having her "Tipper Stickers" (also known as the "Parental Advisory" labels) plastered on explicit albums.
Also, the PG-13 rating was launched in 1984. Gremlins was highly controversial years ago because it originally had a PG rating.
People, who have watched the movie, know it was pretty violent for children. There were many complaints about 1 of the gremlins being killed in the microwave. I can't remember his name. However, I remember that scene nearly 30 years later.
Gremlins Microwave Scene (1984)
If I were Billy's mother, I would've killed that gremlin in the microwave, too! Watching that as a PG-rated movie was and still is terrifying. Their big, fugly eyes still give me goosebumps just looking at them.
Not only was there controversy over the violence in this PG-rated movie, but there were also complaints about Gremlins being racist towards black people.
This was because the gremlins ate fried chicken, wore snapback hats, breakdanced, and listened to Jazz and Blues. Am I the only person laughing at this? I believe some people in 1984 read a little too much into Gremlins.
Even though Gremlins caused a lot of controversy, it was still very popular during '84. The movie was so popular, that it had its own merchandise. YouTube vlogger, Andre (a.k.a. "Black Nerd") had a vlog in 2012 showing his display of Gremlins merchandise from both movies.
I am very disappointed to say, that vlog was deleted. I don't know why Andre's vlog was deleted from YouTube. Regardless, it sucks that his video is gone. I thought his vlog was pretty cool.
I remember having a plastic Gizmo toy, when I was a toddler. As my mother pushed me around in store buggies, I played with him. Years ago, Hardee's sold a series of 5 audio tapes/45 record audio books, which were adaptations to the movie.
I had ONLY 1 of the 5 record audio books. Talk about nostalgia and showing my age. Because I mentioned the audio books and since somebody actually uploaded them to YouTube, I thought I would share them with you all.
Audio Book 1: Gremlins "The Gift Of The Mogwai" (1984)
Audio Book 2: Gremlins "Gizmo And The Gremlins" (1984)
Audio Book 3: Gremlins "Escape From The Gremlins" (1984)
Audio Book 4: Gremlins "Gremlins Trapped" (1984)
Audio Book 5: Gremlins "The Last Gremlin" (1984)
Let me know what you think!
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