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.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • For older tropers, Mrs. Deagle in the first film was played by Flo from the long-running sitcom Alice.
    • The sheriff's deputy from the first movie is Mike Ehrmantraut from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.
    • Dick Miller as Murray Futterman.
    • A young Corey Feldman played Billy's friend Pete.
    • Chuck Jones as, well, Mr. Jones.
    • That guy riding around on the cart at the Science Fair is Steven Spielberg.
    • Phoebe Cates has some experience dealing with green tricksters.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.