Gremlins (1984)

Kate Beringer:
Now I have another reason to hate Christmas.
Billy Peltzer:
What are you talking about?
Kate Beringer:
The worst thing that ever happened to me was on Christmas. Oh, God. It was so horrible. It was Christmas Eve. I was 9 years old. Me and Mom were decorating the tree, waiting for Dad to come home from work. A couple hours went by. Dad wasn’t home. So Mom called the office. No answer. Christmas Day came and went, and still nothing. So the police began a search. Four or five days went by. Neither one of us could eat or sleep. Everything was falling apart. It was snowing outside. The house was freezing, so I went to try to light up the fire. That’s when I noticed the smell. The firemen came and broke through the chimney top. And me and Mom were expecting them to pull out a dead cat or a bird. And instead they pulled out my father. He was dressed in a Santa Claus suit. He’d been climbing down the chimney… his arms loaded with presents. He was gonna surprise us. He slipped and broke his neck. He died instantly. And that’s how I found out there was no Santa Claus.

Det är julafton hos familjen Peltzer och pappa Rands present till den 20-årige sonen Billy är en bedårande liten mogwai. Skötselrådet för den nya familjemedlemmen är enkelt men viktigt: håll honom till varje pris borta från vatten.

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