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Top 10 Facts – Gremlins

Whatever you do, don’t read this after midnight, or get your computer wet, these are the top ten facts about… Gremlins.

(1) In the original screenplay, it was Gizmo himself who became Stripe, the lead gremlin. But executive producer Steven Spielberg thought audiences would be unhappy with a character so cute and likeable turning evil.

(2) The original script was a lot darker. Material that was cut included gremlins eating the dog, Billy’s mum’s severed head bouncing down the stairs, and gremlins munching on customers in a McDonalds but refusing to touch the burgers. Softening the tone left the door open to more vicious copycats like Critters and Ghoulies (although both were actually in development before Gremlins).

(3) Gremlins was an enormous hit back in 1984, costing a modest $11m and grossing $148m domestically. It was the fourth highest-grosser of the year, after Beverly Hills Cop, Ghostbusters, and Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom.


(4) The idea of a ‘gremlin’ first appeared during World War II, as a jokey excuse for mechanical failure. Roald Dahl’s 1943 novel ‘The Gremlins’, about mischievous creatures, pushed the idea into the mainstream. Director Joe Dante said the book was influential and Mr. Futterman references it in the film – “It’s the same gremlins that brought down our planes in the big one… That’s right, World War II.”

(5) Chris Columbus wrote Gremlins as a writing sample, never expecting it to be produced. He was inspired by the sound of mice running around his attic in the middle of the night.

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  • erin anadkat said

    the mogwai are so cute! but how freaky was this film for a spielberg flick?

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    • Phil A. Sheeo said

      Gremlins 2 was actually a great sequel. You either love it or hate it. Hilarious film. Like where they “interview” a gremlin on the news after he is injected with brain serum. He’s all trying to show how “civilized” they are when another gremlin interrupts acting all stupid. The first gremlin pulls out a gun and shoots the other, not missing a word. So damn funny.

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  • James Lee Kennett said

    I dont know – if you look at The Beard’s Executive Producer output around the time its not that out of place.The Land Before Time, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, *batteries not included,Innerspace, Harry and the Hendersons,An American Tail, The Money Pit, Young Sherlock Holmes, Back to the Future, The Goonies, Poltergeist – its clear that he’s in Mogul mood and earning money on films that having his name on would help, whilst at the same time not hurting brand Spielberg. Pretty darn smart, and some of the films mentioned above I couldnt picture my childhood without.

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    • Phil A. Sheeo said

      Wow. Those movies defined my entire childhood. I often wonder if kids today can even experience the same magic as us 80’s kids. Seems different now. Or I’m just old.

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  • Christine C said

    Interesting stuff! I recently read a review of “Gremlins” on a horror website, and was quite surprised that some would call it a horror movie (I was 8-9 years old when I saw it but was hardly scared). Perhaps if the production crew had stayed with the original script it would have been pretty darn scary!!!

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  • puppy said

    gizmo is sooooo adorable but dont feed him after midnight. he’ll turn from cute to ugly:(

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  • Earych said

    The writer missed my favorite fact: Chuck Jones, Cartoon god has a cameo. In the bar scene when Billy is drawing, he converses with an older man. That’s Chuck.

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  • Dan said

    I wish Gremlins 3 was made.

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  • Dan said

    If ther was no copy rights to the movie than a new movie monster would be out there and other different movies with those kind of gremlins might be made. ( Everyone has that kind of image when they think of a gremlin by now )

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