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Most Christmas movies are simple, happy, and full of the holiday spirit. Gremlins (1984) is a little different. Sure, it's cute and sweet in its own way, but Gremlins is part horror film, part comedy, and all weird. If you're looking for something a little different in a Christmas movie — something offbeat that will make a good change-of-pace without totally losing that Christmas spirit — then you should stream Gremlins.
But how can you stream Gremlins? Ah, there's the issue! Happily, this is one issue that we can help you solve. Everything you need to know about streaming Gremlins is below. Just be sure to follow the instructions carefully — if Gremlins taught us anything, it's that we should take care to do things by the book.
Tracking down a movie like Gremlins can be a little tricky. There are a lot of streaming services out there! We usually consider that a good thing, but there is a downside to having lots of options: It's not always clear which service will have the movie or TV show episode that we want to watch right now.
Making things even more complicated are the different markets and international streaming rights deals that can move movies and shows around. Just because a movie like Gremlins is available to stream on a service like Netflix doesn't mean that the movie will be available in your home country — it could be reserved for a foreign market.
Let's talk about your options for streaming Gremlins online, shall we?
For sale or rent:
Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, FandangoNow
One of the frustrating things about streaming services is that they may have a movie we want to watch, but not in the country that we're in! The good news about this is that there are ways to sneak around regional blackouts.
The best option for watching a foreign streaming library is to use a VPN. We're big fans of VPNs here on the site, and not just because they help us stream things: VPNs are also great for keeping your internet browsing private and secure. For our purposes here, though, the thing to know about VPNs is that they can make your internet traffic appear to be emerging from a foreign country.
And if a streaming service like Netflix determines that your IP address is coming from a place where Gremlins is available to stream, then it won't matter where you're really located — you'll have access to Gremlins and will be able to stream it to your heart's content.
One thing we should note here, though, is that not every VPN works with every streaming service. Streaming services like Netflix don’t necessarily like the idea of streamers using VPNs to get around their regional blackouts, and they may block IP addresses known to be used by certain VPNs.
If you haven't seen Gremlins, let me warn you right off the bat: This film is weird.
It's a good kind of weird, though. Gremlins is a genre-bending flick that's funny, heartwarming, and even pretty family-friendly, all despite having some horror-movie elements in it. It's a fascinating little piece with a message that's right for the holidays, even if it is delivered with creepy-looking little ghouls.
Besides, Gremlins is a classic. The film is as beloved as it is wacky, and it's a must-watch at Christmastime.
The story of Gremlins is all about a young boy who receives a strange gift from his often-absent father. The gift is a “mogwai” — an adorable little thing that looks a bit like a Furbie and requires very specific care. I won’t spoil the rest, but let’s just say that it gets weird and that we soon learn that buying fancy gifts for irresponsible kids is not a good parenting strategy. Feel free to also watch the movie trailer below.
If you're looking for more to stream this holiday season, then I've got good news: We have guides for lots of other great holiday films, too! If you're looking for something a bit more straightforward than Gremlins, then you should check out our instructions for streaming Elf or streaming Four Christmases. If you're looking for something that's not just a Christmas movie, then you might be interested in our guide to streaming Die Hard.
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