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Fri, Dec 22


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A Very Gremlins Christmas

Gremlins is a 1984 horror-comedy Christmas fable that wreaks havoc on the tropes of classic holiday films. Enjoy the cult-classic in our Sanctuary with some mulled cider and Yuletide treats. Wear your best ugly holiday sweater to win local gift certificates! Opening performance by Synthesizer Santa!

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A Very Gremlins Christmas
A Very Gremlins Christmas

Time & Location

Dec 22, 2023, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA

About the event

GREMLINS (1984 ) is a comedy-horror hit written by Home Alone director Chris Columbus and produced by Steven Spielberg. Doors 7:30, Contest and live performance begins 8pm. Featuring an ugly holiday sweater contest with prizes! Wear your best (worst?) Holiday sweater to win gift certificates to local businesses and other fun prizes! Yuletide Treats Provided! Plus a live performance by Synthesizer Santa, aka Syntha Claus, aka Jolly Olde Synth Nick!

This hilariously funny, wickedly scary film is about a lovable, furry little Christmas gift that multiplies into many little Christmas gifts, with savage consequences. An inventor brings his family something special stolen from a mysterious shop in Chinatown– a small, cuddly creature known as a mogwai. The cute little fella comes with three crucial instructions: Keep him out of the sunlight, never get him wet, and never, ever, ever feed him after midnight. If these rules are followed, mogwai are great pets. But, of course, as with any fable, all the rules are broken and all hell breaks loose. It’s up to the inventor's son Billy (Zach Galligan) and his girlfriend (Phoebe Cates) to stop the mischievous, murderous little monsters and save their sleepy little town. Part science-fiction, part dark comedy, part family drama, GREMLINS is a cinematic gift that just keeps on giving year after year.


"Gremlin" is a confrontation between Norman Rockwell's vision of Christmas and Hollywood's vision of the blood-sucking monkeys of voodoo island. It's fun. On the one hand, you have an idyllic American small town, with Burger Kings and Sears stores clustered merrily around the village square, and on the other hand you have a plague of reprehensible little beasties who behave like a rodent road company of Marlon Brando's motorcycle gang in The Wild One. At the level of Serious Film Criticism, it's a meditation on the myths in our movies: Christmas, families, monsters, retail stores, movies, boogeymen. At the level of Pop Movie-going, it's a sophisticated, witty B movie, in which the monsters are devouring not only the defenseless town, but decades of defenseless clichés. But don't go if you still believe in Santa Claus." 

-Roger Ebert

Synthesizer Santa, aka Syntha Claus, aka Jolly Olde Synth Nick, got his start in the entertainment industry centuries ago. His career took a turn with the advent of the electronic music synthesizer in the 1960s, when he decided to revamp his act with the latest technology in sonic possibilities. He replaced outdated concepts like reindeer and jingle bells with mono- and polyphonic synthesizers, vocoders and electronic drum machines and sequencers. Christmas carols and holiday music have never sounded better!


  • A Very Gremlins Christmas!

    Admission for one to A VERY GREMLINS CHRISTMAS! Wear your best (worst?) ugly holiday sweater to win gift certificates to local businesses! Yuletide refreshments will be provided! Bring cash for the bar. Please choose your seating with respect for others and let us know if you require special arrangements. Thank you for your support! Enjoy the program!

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  • Sliding-Scale Ticket

    Ticket for one to A VERY GREMLINS CHRISTMAS! General admission is $15. Thanks to a generous grant from the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation, subsidized sliding-scale tickets are available for those who self-identify as experiencing financial hardship. In order to make this program accessible for all, we are offering tickets by sliding scale. Taking equity and inclusion into account, please pay what you can to help support the venue.

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    Would you like to see more programming like A VERY GREMLINS CHRISTMAS? Please add a donation to your ticket to express your support and appreciation of the adventurous and intellectually-engaging programs at Epsilon Spires. Thank you & keep up the good work! Admission for one to A VERY GREMLINS CHRISTMAS! Yuletide Refreshments will be provided! Bring cash for the bar. Please let us know if you require special arrangements. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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