Great Moments In Horror Hair History: Stripe From ‘Gremlins’ (1984)

Oh, don’t get your bright lights all up in a bunch.  I know Gremlins might not technically be a ‘horror’ movie, but it definitely had scenes that creeped me out out as a kid (kitchen scene, anyone?)  It is however, undoubtedly a Christmas movie.  Don’t believe me?  Just watch Phoebe Cates recount the heartwarming story about how her Dad once dressed up as Santa and got stuck in the chimney after breaking his neck, leaving a rotting dead corpse smell that would eventually give up the mystery as to where he disappeared to.  But anyway……let’s talk about hair!  More specifically – Stripe The Gremlin!


Oh yes.  Look at that sweet chalky fluff on top of Stripe’s head.  Now, granted – there’s not much on the sides….but who needs side hair when you have that glorious achievement running straight down the middle!  Unfortunately, Stripe and his luscious locks would meet their demise in a gooey climax that scarred me as a child – but him and his hair will proudly live on.  So please join me in inducting Stripe into the class of Great Moments In Horror Hair History!  Here’s your award, Stripe.  Any words before we go?  “Award…..Caca!

Dirty Horror Memory Lane: Gremlins Gizmo Toy Commercial (1984)

1984 wasn’t just about the introduction of the one and only Freddy Krueger into the horror world, it was about the introduction of the equally frightening Mogwai named Gizmo from Gremlins!  Ok, that lovable little creature is nowhere near as menacing as a burned-face child molester with razor fingers, but if you feed a Mogwai after midnight – bad things happen, man.  Luckily, I never had to worry about that with my Gizmo plush toy that I had as a kid.

Well wasn’t that just a happy little commercial!  A bit too happy if you ask me – especially knowing that terrible things that could occur if you don’t follow the rules when caring for a Mogwai.  But like I said, this was a toy – and toys can’t multiply if you get water on them.  Based off of the commercial though, it seems it’s ok to put sunglasses on Gizmo because that protects him from the sunlight of course.  You know what watching that commercial put me in the mood for?  No, not the porn movie parody starring Jizzmo, but the terribly tasting cereal that came out to promote the movie.  Here’s a clip to remind you that if you ate the cereal, you would grow Mogwai ears: