Check Out A Photo Of The Cast And Crew Of Gremlins Reunited
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.25.2014
Along with the Gremlins themselves...
Empire magazine has a story in which they interview some of the key people involved with the Gremlins movies, including Chris Walas (Gremlins creator), Dick Miller (Murray Futterman), Joe Dante (director), Zach Galligan (Billy Peltzer) and Rick Baker (special effects supervisor: Gremlins 2: The New Batch). You can see a photo of the men, along with the titular gremlins themselves, below. Here are highlights:
Dante on the special effects: "First we talked about stop-motion. Then realized we'd still be shooting if we did that. And at one point someone — I hope it wasn't me — suggested we try monkeys in Gremlin suits."
Dante getting the movies made: "There was no pain making the second one. Warners wanted it, so they let us do whatever we wanted. But the first one... Let's just say the studio was unconvinced that this was a great idea for a movie. They did it mainly to make (executive producer) Steven Spielberg happy. So we were a little over-extended."
Walas on his initial thoughts about the movie: "I pulled out the first draft the other day and read it. And I have no idea how I could be so stupid as to commit to that project, I'd written one word on the front cover: "HA!" I didn't think it could be done. The technology didn't exist. I didn't have a shop or a crew. But I was desperate for money."