FRIDAY FUN FACT: Gremlins [1984]

well, he doesn’t look like he’s having any fun at all..

Welcome to warrenisweird‘s newest segment: Friday Fun Facts. In this series, I will be sharing various trivia about a different film every Friday. Whether I tackle well known [horror] films, or films nobody knows/that haven’t been released yet, there will a little something for everyone! For today being the first in the Friday Fun Fact series, I’m going to talk about one of my more favorite classics from the 80‘s: Gremlins.

Everybody, and I mean everybody, has at least heard of the movie Gremlins: it’s a cute story about a cuddly looking Mogwai named Gizmo who has a specific set of rules attached to him: (1) no bright lights, (2) don’t get him wet, and (3) never feed him after midnight, no matter how much he begs! These rules were set in place for the following reasons: bright light physically hurts him, and sunlight can kill him. If he gets wet, he pops out more Mogwai. If fed after midnight, a Mogwai will spin into a cocoon and undergo metamorphosis; turning him into an evil, trouble-making gremlin, causing all sorts of havoc!

but did you know?

In the original script for the film, there were a handful of dark[er] scenes that were taken out from the final script, which included the Gremlin decapitating Billy‘s Mother, and actually eating his dog. [jealous of another pet, much?] There was even a scene planned which had the Gremlins invade a McDonald’s, and ultimately – feast on all the customers inside the restaurant! if that isn’t dark enough, Mr. Hanson, the science teacher, originally died with dozens of hypodermic needles stuck in his face. But, by request from Spielberg, this scene was re-shot so it with just a single needle in the ass. doesn’t sound like the Gremlins I know and love!
 Another major change from the original draft to the finished script was that the cute and heroic Gizmo was supposed to turn into Stripe [above] by the end of the first film. It wasn’t until Steven Spielberg stepped in and completely removed this idea, with the assumption that audiences would probably fall in love with the character of Gizmo, and would want him to stay good natured and present throughout the whole film. In the end, Stripe ended up being a mischievous Mogwai that becomes main villain of the film/sequel.

Look carefully! In the scene where the Gremlins are watching Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs at the local cinema, one of the Gremlins wears Mickey Mouse ears.

So that about wraps up the first [of many] edition of Friday Fun Fact here on warrenisweird. I hope I helped you look at the classic Gremlins film[s] in a different light; and if you have any suggestions or requests for future Friday Fun Facts, let me know in a comment or over on the Facebook Page!

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