History Film / Gremlins

20th Feb '18 12:36:16 AM WanderingBrowser
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** The Aesop is also undermined by the man delivering it: if you know anything about Chinese Folk Medicine, then you'll know that the Chinese do more than their fair share of exploiting and harming nature for selfish reasons.



* RestrainingBolt: In the novelization, Stripe tells Gizmo right to his face that he wants to kill him but can't for some reason. Gizmo explains that [[spoiler:their alien creators]] made sure that Mogwai could never kill each other. That RestrainingBolt vanishes after Stripe becomes a Gremlin since he isn't a Mogwai anymore.

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* RestrainingBolt: In the novelization, Stripe tells Gizmo right to his face that he wants to kill him but can't for some reason. Gizmo explains that [[spoiler:their their alien creators]] creators made sure that Mogwai could never kill each other. That RestrainingBolt vanishes after Stripe becomes a Gremlin Gremlin, since he isn't a Mogwai anymore.


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* EatsBabies: In the original script, a scene was planned where Billy and Kate would have come across a McDonalds full of partially devoured people, including ''many'' empty baby strollers and a gremlin so bloated from its feast that it had been abandoned by its fellows.
13th Feb '18 12:35:35 PM eroock
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* ChimneyEntry: Kate's father tried to surprise his family this way one Christmas. Unfortunately, he broke his neck and died in the process.
16th Jan '18 9:11:09 AM JJHIL325
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This movie is part of the reason (along with Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom) why the USA PG-13 and UK 12 rating was created.

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This movie movie, combined with Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom, is part of the reason (along with Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom) why the USA PG-13 and UK 12 rating was created.
16th Jan '18 9:09:48 AM JJHIL325
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This movie is part of the reason (along with Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom) why the USA PG-13 and UK 12 rating was created.
15th Jan '18 9:17:32 PM EBsessed
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* PoliceAreUseless: Joe Dante probably defines this trope best in the commentary track: "Whenever you have a sci-fi film, and police, you always have to have a scene with the police, and it's always the same scene." Which ends with the police, still not believing Billy despite seeing Gizmo with their own eyes, leaving to investigate the Futterman's "freak accident" with the snowplow, seeing Mrs. Deagle and a guy playing Santa getting attacked by Gremlins, then getting their break lines cut and presumably dying in the ensuing car crash.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Joe Dante probably defines this trope best in the commentary track: "Whenever you have a sci-fi film, and police, you always have to have a scene with the police, and it's always the same scene." Which ends with the police, still not believing Billy despite seeing Gizmo with their own eyes, leaving to investigate the Futterman's "freak accident" with the snowplow, seeing Mrs. Deagle and a guy playing Santa getting attacked by Gremlins, then getting their break brake lines cut and presumably dying in the ensuing car crash.
11th Jan '18 4:36:24 PM EBsessed
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** And the original script compared to the first film. The script includes such scenes as the Mogwai eating Barney (before they turn into Gremlins), killing Billy's mom immediately after they turn, a McDonalds full of half-eaten burgers (by people) and half-eaten people (by Gremlins.) Oh, and Gizmo turned into a Gremlin, indistinguishable from any of the others.

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** And the original script compared to the first film. The script includes such scenes as the Mogwai eating Barney (before they turn into Gremlins), killing Billy's mom immediately after they turn, turn (and throwing her dismembered head down the stairs just as Billy walks in the front door and thus landing at his feet...imagine that image welcoming you home as you walk unsuspectingly into your house), a McDonalds McDonald's full of half-eaten burgers (by people) and half-eaten people (by Gremlins.) Oh, and Gizmo turned into a Gremlin, indistinguishable from any of the others.
11th Jan '18 4:32:06 PM EBsessed
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* DarkerAndEdgier: The first film is definitely this to the LighterAndSofter sequel, having a ton of frightening imagery, making the Gremlins, nightmarish demons with a sense of humor that ranges from corny to twisted. Not to mention the death toll by the end of the film.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The first film is definitely this to the LighterAndSofter sequel, having a ton of frightening imagery, making the Gremlins, Gremlins nightmarish demons with a sense of humor that ranges from corny to twisted. Not to mention the death toll by the end of the film.
9th Jan '18 11:15:57 AM ritzoreo
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* YouCantThwartStageOne: There are three rules to properly care for Mogwais. Billy goes far enough as to break two of those rules so that the movie can really set in full gear in favor of the Gremlins. However the third rule is used to finally thwart Stripe.
20th Dec '17 7:04:08 AM Elan
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** Billy mentions he got a comic book from "Dr. Fantasy's". Dr. Fantasy is the nickname of movie producer Frank Marshall, a regular collaborator with Spielberg.
11th Dec '17 10:17:35 AM Truehare
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** It can be argued that the real cause of the whole incident was Billy's father stealing the mogwai from the place where it was protected and understood, and bringing it into an environment that was both unfamiliar with it and to it, so the Aesop still stands. As for the whole "alien genetic experiment" angle, it's not in the original movies, where the "nature's gift" line was first spoken, so it's more like a case of AdaptationInducedPlotHole.

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** It can be argued that the real cause of the whole incident was Billy's father stealing going against the mogwai Mogwai's original owner and taking it from the place where it was protected and understood, and then bringing it into an environment that was both unfamiliar with it and to it, so the Aesop still stands. As for the whole "alien genetic experiment" angle, it's not in the original movies, where the "nature's gift" line was first spoken, so it's more like a case of AdaptationInducedPlotHole.
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