Our good friends over at Besottedgeek joins us as we discuss Corey Feldman, the skewed view of China Town in 1984, granny trannies, back explosions, and when is, "after midnight," for the Christmas classic, Gremlins.
Origins and Tidbits
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Origins and Tidbits
Written by: Chris Columbus
Directed by: Joe Dante
Reference in “The Goonies”.
When Chunk is talking to the police on the phone, they say, “just
like that last prank, all about those little creatures that multiply
when you throw water on them.”
The name “The Gremlins” came form the things that wrecked airplanes in WWII. Roald dahl’s 1943 novel “the Gremlins” pushed the idea into mainstream.
Chris Columbus wrote Gremlins as a writing sample. He was inspired by the sounds mice made as they ran around his attic.
The movies advertised in Kingston Falls are “A Boy’s Live” and “Watch the Skies”. These are references to ET and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”
Howie Mandel is the voice of Gizmo.
The voice of Stripe was Frank Welker. He also was the voice of Fred and Scooby in the original Scooby Doo cartoon and Megatron in ths 80s cartoon series of the Transformers AND the Transformers: The Movie.
At convention: Time machine from Time Machine and the robot is from Forbidden Planet.
Gremlins, Poltergeist and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom are the reasons why PG-13 was invented.
Mogwai is the transliterate on of the Cantonese word “pinyin”, meaning monster, evil spirit, devil, demon.
Originally, it was Gizmo that was supposed to become Stripe, the lead gremlin. But Speilberg thought it was too unhappy for such a cute character to turn evil.
The original script involved: gremlins eating the dog, Billy’s mom head being cut off and bouncing down the stairs, gremlins eating McDonald’s customers but not the burgers.
They made the movie for 11million and it grossed 148 million domestically. This was 4 of the year after Beverly Hills Cop, Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Gremlins 1984 84%
Joe Dante, director:
Small Soldiers, director, 1998 48%
Innerspace, director, 1987 82%
Zach Gallian, Billy:
Gremlins 2: The New Batch, 67%
Frances Lee McCain, Lynn:
Scream, Mrs. Riley, 1996 79%
Back to the Future, 1985 96%
Fast Times at Ridgemont High 1982, 78%
Polly Holliday, Mrs. Deagle:
Mrs. Doubtfire, Gloria, 71%
Dick Miller, Mr Futterman:
The Terminator, pawn shop clerk, 1984 100%
Batman: Mask of the phantasm, Sol 1993, 82%
Pulp Fiction, Monster Joe, 94%