“The rules are simple, just pick your favorite horror film for each day! However, you can’t pick the same horror film more [than] once. So once you pick say THE EXORCIST for your favorite horror film involving the powers of Hell, you can’t [pick] it again for any other day [whatsoever,] including favorite horror film.”

Source: Dollar Bin Horror

Day 13 – Your favorite horror comedy
Film: Gremlins (1984) – dir. Joe Dante

As much as I enjoyed my recent first viewing of Night of the Creeps (1984), there is no way I could replace my childhood obsession of Gremlins for today’s category.  I vividly remember how shocked I was when I first saw Gremlins in the comedy section at my local Blockbuster (which I had to drive to if I wanted to rent a movie; one day, that fact will make me look old to kids just like “records” made my parents seem old to me).  I couldn’t, for the life of me, fathom how some idiot employee would mistakenly put Gremlins in the comedy section instead of the horror section.  Needless to say, the film terrified me as a young child, but I always had to watch it when I was in a room with a VHS copy.  Watching it now just cements the fact that Joe Dante’s horror comedy is one of the best ever.

Branden Chowen
Editor-in-Chief at Cinefessions
Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn't until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor's and master's degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.