S3, E2: Gremlins & the Holiday Havoc Card Game

Updated: Jan 19

Mandy learns Rudy is a walking, Gremlins encyclopedia and tensions rise when The Ghoul Mates talk about their experience playing the Gremlins Holiday Havoc Card Game.

Gremlins Holiday Havoc Card Game by Funko Games

Welcome Spooky Ghoulsters to the Halloween Podcast that keeps the spirit of Halloween alive, all year, through pop culture and nostalgia!

The Ghoul Mates continue the Spookmas season by dedicating a whole episode talking about Gremlins! The fun continues with a review of the new Gremlins Holiday Havoc Card Game.

Tombstone Trivia

What was the first movie to show a toilet on-screen?

The horror classic Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and released in 1960.

What classic horror movie creature’s shape was based on the Oscar statuette?

The Creature From the Black Lagoon

Haunted Housekeeping

  • Nightmare Before Christmas crossover episode with Ready 2 Retro. The Ghoul Mates and Ready 2 Retro talk about Christmas traditions, making of the movie, and battle it out with a lyric showdown.

  • First episode will be available on Ready 2 Retro Podcast on December 11, and the second part will be available on The Ghoul Mates Podcast on December 25.

  • Nightmare Before Christmas crossover giveaway. Enter to win at instagram.com/theghoulmates to win Nightmare Before Christmas goodies.

Keeping the Spook Alive

  • Creating Spooky Content: Rudy took magical photos of Edward Scissorhands Funko and The Ghoul Mates recorded the crossover episode with Ready 2 Retro. Mandy is starting to create more magical and witchy content using her new camera where she will post on her personal Instagram at instagram.com/mandyspooks.

  • Match.com Commercial: Mandy recaps the new Match.com commercial featuring a song from Taylor Swift’s re-recording of her classic albums.

  • Bonus Tombstone Trivia: Rudy recognizes a stock sound effect used in the commercial and has a pop quiz with Mandy.

  • What is the name of the scream at the beginning of the Match commercial?

  • Wilhelm Scream


Gremlins was released on June 8, 1984 and was directed by Joe Dante, with a 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the "mogwai" but sells it to him with warnings to follow certain rules. But when those rules are broken, a gang of gremlins decides to tear up the town on Christmas Eve. -Rotten Tomatoes


The Ghoul Mates discuss the rules of the Mogwai, differences between Mogwai and Gremlin, practical effects, and making of the movie. Rudy discusses his history of the movie watching the movie a lot when he was a kid, the inventions the father comes up with, and death scenes. Mandy talks about how th movie started a bit slow, shocking deaths, hidden Mickeys, and the cuteness of Gizmo.

It’s Frickin Bats!

The Ghoul Mates come up with their own rating system...is it really really bat or batastic? Where 1 Bat is the lowest rating and 5 Bats is the best rating.

Rudy: 5/5 Bats

Mandy: 3.5/5 Bats

Gremlins Holiday Havoc Card Game Review

The game was released on September 30, 2020 by Funko Games. It is right around $7. Mandy explains the rules of the game and how to win. The Ghoul Mates also review the eye-catching packaging and artwork. Check out the photos Rudy took on instagram.com/theghoulmates

Closing Notes:

Head over to Ready to Retro Podcast to keep the fun going to hear Part 1 of Nightmare Before Christmas crossover episode here.

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