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To let the children watch Gremlins?

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Lionking1981 Tue 20-Dec-16 21:11:49

We are watching a Christmas film every day this week together. Already feel a bit done in with all the Christmas schmaltz and looking for something a bit less orthodox. Obviously will draw the line at Bad Santa but I think Gremlins would be good fun and they would love Gizmo. Or is it completely inappropriate? They are 8 and 6 and don't scare easily.

HardLightHologram Tue 20-Dec-16 21:12:55

All of mine have seen it and love it, my youngest is 5.

I think tbh it would most likely be a 12a if released now.

Domino20 Tue 20-Dec-16 21:13:18

You have just provided me with this great idea. I say do it and I'll be showing my 7 yr old tomorrow night!

Zampa Tue 20-Dec-16 21:14:00

We put an 8 yr old and an 11 yr old down in front of it just weekend and they were bored! Madness!

8 yr old found The Grinch scary though!

puckingfixies Tue 20-Dec-16 21:15:07

Do they believe in Santa? Gremlins blows a hole in the Santa thing.

Iknowwhatyoumeanaboutthathat Tue 20-Dec-16 21:24:08

Yes we haven't let ours because of the Santa thing

Lazyafternoon Tue 20-Dec-16 21:34:00

I had nightmares after watching gremlins. Don't do it!!!!
30 odd years later I still can't bring myself to watch it again.
But I also used to be terrified of Dr Who...

1happyhippie Tue 20-Dec-16 21:37:42

My dd watched it with me last year aged 8. She loved it!
She has been looking to see when it's on this year. I got her a little gizmo for her stocking.

GetTheeBehindMeSanta Tue 20-Dec-16 21:37:44

Gremlins is essential viewing. My kids loved it when they were about that age, and still do.

BeyondIBringYouGoodTidings Tue 20-Dec-16 21:41:31

I've been wondering this myself. Might have to watch it myself first and check it is how I remember. I'm sure I was only about DSs age when I first watched it though and it only has positive memories.

ET on the other hand... <shudder>

random79 Tue 20-Dec-16 21:43:53

I think it's quite gruesome, so I would think it is dependent on your child.

The bbfc re-rated it as a 12A recently as somebody mentioned

www.bbfc.co.uk/case-studies/gremlins

SpringerS Tue 20-Dec-16 21:44:16

I love Gremlins but the Phoebe Cates very disturbing story about how she found out Santa is fake means we'll be waiting until DS 100% knows the truth about Santa.

BackforGood Tue 20-Dec-16 21:47:30

I haven't watched it for donkeys years, but, from memory there were some really scary parts - I wouldn't let dc so young watch it, at least certainly not without watching it again first to check and by then I wouldn't want to re-watch it with the dc.

Asoiaf Tue 20-Dec-16 21:52:29

I also had nightmares after watching gremlins as a child. Maybe the kids of today are tougher? I wouldn't do it, but that's purely based on my experience. Lazyafternoon I can't bring myself to watch it either!

XiCi Tue 20-Dec-16 21:53:08

I think you forget just how scary and gruesome it is in parts. 6 is way too young to watch it

IThinkIMadeYouUpInsideMyHead Tue 20-Dec-16 21:53:41

Mine watched it about 2 years ago. They were 9 and 7. I recorded it and edited out this bit. I'm a bit hmm now that I edited out a sad story about Father Christmas but left in loads of violence, and clearly need to have a word with myself.

Oysterbabe Tue 20-Dec-16 21:54:23

There are some disturbing parts for kids i think, like the bit when she's describing how her father was found dead in the chimney?

retainertrainer Tue 20-Dec-16 21:56:39

I watched gremlins when I was about 9 and it scared the shit out of me-nightmares for weeks,I was a sensitive sausage!

ArmySal Tue 20-Dec-16 22:02:22

The chimney part is bizarre confused

My daughter thought it was crap, I was furious fsmile

KingJoffreysRestingCuntface Tue 20-Dec-16 22:07:14

My dad put it on for DS when he was babysitting him aged 2.

DS appears unscarred by the experience.

specialsubject Tue 20-Dec-16 22:30:28

Gremlins went down a storm in my first year at uni (shamelessly middle aged). Quite a few gruesome and messy bits so not for sensitive small children.

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Tue 20-Dec-16 22:39:32

It terrified me as a kid but I think knowing how shit it looks compared to films nowadays it'll probably be ok.

Footinmouthasusual Tue 20-Dec-16 22:43:39

God no it's the one film that terrified me as a teenager grin so ours nene watched it. There are some really gruesome bits.

Ffs put on something nice. The Diehard films are Christmassy? grin

Oysterbabe Tue 20-Dec-16 22:45:24

Watch Edward Scissorhands, great Christmas film.

Deux Tue 20-Dec-16 22:51:33

I started to watch it with a 13 yo and 8 yo. 13 yo fine but 8 yo started crying and squealing and asked me to turn it off after about 30 minutes. She had to sleep in my bed too.

I would not have thought she'd react like that, at all.

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