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PostSubject: The 'After Midnight' rule   Mon Dec 07, 2015 4:54 pm

There are three rules.

1) Don't expose them to bright light. Especially sunlight.
2) Don't get them wet.
3) Don't feed them after midnight

Of course I am talking about the classic fan favourite "Gremlins". The third rule is something I have always wanted to write about and try and make some kind of sense about it. Time zones and daylight saving time are the main clashes with the rule. But what does it actually mean by "after midnight". And how much food is required for the transformation process of mogwai to gremlin to occur. Would just one small mouthful of a sandwich be enough? I will try and explain my own theories to this the best way I can.

Let me first just say that Gremlins is probably my all time favourite movie. I love everything about it and is also the earliest movie I can even remember watching as a little boy. I can also remember pretty much every part of it off by heart.

Anyway back to the third rule. I have thought about it and maybe the "after midnight" thing may not be as literal as it may seem. I mentioned Daylight Saving Time and also different time zones. The time zone idea is actually mentioned in Gremlins 2 with the aeroplane flight as an example during a mocking conversation.

I personally think it could be more to do with the amount of darkness as opposed to the actual time. Depending on the latitude of the mogwai prior to eating after midnight as well as also how long the night is on any given day. The mogwai to gremlin process could therefore occur if the eating happens at 10:45pm for example if it is pitch black. Other factors to include could be a full moon or even a total eclipse, which would be during the daytime.

As for when the rule ends, I will say it ends around sunrise, which would be either earlier or later depending on what time of year it is.

Sorry if this theory sucks, it was just some ideas I thought of, what I wanted to share.

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PostSubject: Re: The 'After Midnight' rule   Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:12 am

If they eat after dark and mutate, doesn't that kind of eliminate the whole don't feed them after midnight routine?
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PostSubject: Re: The 'After Midnight' rule   Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:34 am

Maybe. But it does make more sense in a way. I don't know.

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PostSubject: Re: The 'After Midnight' rule   Wed Dec 09, 2015 11:00 am

It sounds like your overthinking this, mixed thoughts often come from that. I think midnight would just be midnight in terms of the rule.

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PostSubject: Re: The 'After Midnight' rule   Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:15 pm

I also thought of tieing it in with the sunlight rule. The fact that sunlight kills it could also mean they would need as much darkness as possible to technically survive and be able to evolve to the next stage. This also leads me to believe that their species probably originates on a planet, what is probably very dark or quite far from it's parent star.

Just finished a journal about this as well as about water and good/bad mogwai etc.

http://scarpine496.deviantart.com/journal/More-Gremlins-theories-577072526

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PostSubject: Re: The 'After Midnight' rule   Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:29 pm

So how did the Mogwai end up in possession of the shop owner in the beginning of the first film? This really just leaves one hole after another trying to figure out why it is what it is.

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PostSubject: Re: The 'After Midnight' rule   Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:32 pm

Overthinking is dangerous. Some things you just take them for what they are.
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PostSubject: Re: The 'After Midnight' rule   Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:33 pm

Yeah, that is something what was never explained. Mr Wing knew of the rules so chances are he knew what would happen especially at the end of the movie where he sees Gizmo watching television and when the news describes "little green men", he points to the TV and says "you see what happens" when talking about responsibility. So it is possible Mr Wing has dealt with this problem before or at least knows of it.

I'm not overthinking. I'm just making theories, that's what people do with fandoms. If I'm overthinking then so are thousands of others who do theories with fandoms.

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PostSubject: Re: The 'After Midnight' rule   Wed Dec 09, 2015 5:43 pm

Correcting double post. It's like people jumping off cliffs, if that's what they wanna do who am I to stop them.
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