Watched Gremlins. Was haunted by the recurring Biblical themes. The following is a report of my findings. Note that the B. Stiff does not condone any slack-jawed devotion to one single religion, but a careful study of all stories.
The inventor dad is God the Father, the god of the Old Testament. The dad constantly invents new things; the god of the Old Testament shuns the old gods and the old ways of worshiping nature. He creates the rebellious animal, mankind, and places watchers over them.
The old Chinese guy with the Marilyn Manson eye represents the old gods and the old ways of doing things, that is, worshiping nature in a hippie-like manner. He believes nature is something that has to be understood and respected rather than mastered – as such, there are strict rules for how to go about living on earth. Highly critical of the West and the idea of constant, frantic innovation.
Gizmo, the mogwai, represents the elohim, the “watchers” or “sons of God” placed on the earth to watch over man and track his development. But there are strict rules placed on the mogwai, just as the elohim were expected to abide by one simple rule: You don’t have sex with humans. In both cases, disaster would result by breaking the rules.
In both Gremlins and the Bible, the rules are broken. In the case of Gremlins, fierce little monsters are produced when the rules are not followed. In the Old Testament, the unruly nephilim, or “sons of the fallen”, are produced when the elohim get slimy with their human charges. Both the gremlins and the nephilim cause all kinds of trouble. The general rule when dealing with both are to slay them on sight!
Just as the genetically impure were put to death by fire in Sodom and Gomorrah, so the gremlins are killed by a bigass fireball in a movie theatre. But this is not enough; evil is still rampant in the world. The Old Testament becomes the New Testament, and Gizmo switches roles from a hands-off elohim and becomes a Christ-like figure. He puts himself in danger and sacrifices himself by literally hanging from a wire that opens the blinds that let in light which burns Stripe to death, just as Christ was hung from a cross.
The name Gizmo is even similar to the name Jesus; two vowels, three consonants, two syllables, and the G and J sound are similar.
I have to switch back to the Old Testament for the death of Spike, infamous father of the nephilim. He dies in a pool of water, just as many of the nephilim were killed in the great flood (the same one Noah built the ark in order to ride out).
Note the long absence of the inventor dad throughout the movie, just as God has been accused of being literally absent in human affairs. Throughout the movie the dad is on the phone, telling his family that he’s coming back, just as God the Father and God the Son were also known for making promises about their eventual arrival in order to straighten things out.
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