Among the sort of people who have time for that kind of thing, there’s an ongoing debate about whether Joe Dante’s gory creature-feature masterpiece Gremlins
is really a Christmas movie or just a movie set at Christmastime. Meaning, Phoebe Cates’ tragic monologue about Christmas Day disappointment aside, is there enough of the true spirit of the reason for the season and blah blah blah gratuitously stuffed in between the scenes of Rube Goldberg-inspired anarchy and Tex Avery demon splatter-punk to fill the viewer with holiday cheer? But go to your neighborhood big box on December 24 and compare the Norman Rockwell-painted greeting card and Thomas Kincade snow village scenes to the overworked single mom pepper spraying a would-be eBay impresario over the last Snuggles the Dream Puppy or whatever the hell, and you remember that there’s nothing red-and-greener than a Gremlin in a blender.
Centro San Antonio and Slab Cinema revisit the unlikely yuletide classic with an outdoor screening in Milam Park, complete with complimentary hot chocolate provided by La Familia Cortez, coloring stations for kiddos, food trucks and a bilingual Santa awaiting photo ops and wish lists.
Free (picnics, blankets and lawn chairs welcome), Tue Dec. 18, 6pm, Milam Park, 500 W. Commerce St., (210) 212-9373, slabcinema.com.
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