Trivia / Gremlins

  • Actor Allusion: The Futtermans are played by Dick Miller and Jackie Joseph, cast as a married couple specifically because of their frequent acting collaborations in Roger Corman movies.
  • Troubled Production: Post-production of the first movie was a nightmare due to the gremlin and Mogwai animatronics never working properly. On the DVD commentary, Chris Walas (the creator of the animatronics) calls working on Gremlins the closest thing he's had to a complete mental breakdown.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The first movie was going to be Darker and Edgier. Gizmo was going to become a gremlin in the second act, but this was deemed too confusing to audiences. Billy's mother was also going to be murdered by the gremlins, with her head rolling down the stairs. Additionally, Billy would have been your typical 80's Hollywood Nerd and not only traveled around the town with two companions during the madness (a love interest and a bully-turned-emergency-ally), but wielded a sword. He still wields a sword in the final film but it's limited to only one scene. As to his companions, presumably they morphed into Kate and Gerald.
    • In the same vein, Mr. Hanson's death was originally nastier and involved lots of needles, until it was changed to just the one syringe in his butt.
    • A scene would've occurred where the heroes found the aftermath of a Gremlin attack on a McDonalds - all of the patrons have been devoured, including a baby, and the McDonalds food would've been untouched. It was cut for being too dark and sad.
    • During production of the sequel, there were plans for an animated series. There was even a blurb for it in the He's 50, Folks magazine celebrating Bugs Bunny's 50th anniversary. Unfortunately, the poor box-office performance of the sequel resulted in the television series getting canceled.
    • Pat Hingle and Emilio Estevez auditioned for the roles of Rand and Billy Peltzer. On the DVD commentary, Joe Dante praises Hingle's screen test as a Frank Capra-esque character who realizes that his best days are long behind him as being too good for the movie, because he would have stolen the show from Gizmo and the gremlins had be been cast.
    • Other actors considered for the part of Billy were Judd Nelson and Kevin Costner.
  • The entire concept of these movies was brought about from Spielberg's unproduced script loosely based on the Kelly-Hopkinsville Encounter. The idea was eventually separated into three movies: this one, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

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