Don’t Read These Gremlins Facts With The Lights On

Don’t expose a Mogwai to bright lights, feed them after midnight, or get them wet. These three simple rules were all broken in Gremlins. The chaos that ensued made for one of the most memorable movies of the ’80s. Directed by Joe Dante, the outrageous film changed the cinematic landscape by forcing the creation of the PG-13 rating. It also started the career of one of Hollywood’s most iconic writers. Do you want to know who? All the trivia and behind-the-scenes shenanigans you need to know about Gremlins are right here!

You won’t believe what Batman director almost directed Gremlins first!

Chris Columbus Wrote Gremlins On Spec

gremlins written on spec by chris columbus
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Chris Columbus never thought his spec script for Gremlins would ever get made. He planned for it to be a writing sample to help him get other jobs. Instead, it landed in the lap of Steven Spielberg, who said, "It’s one of the most original things I’ve come across in many years, which is why I bought it."

After the film became a massive hit, Columbus started working behind the camera. In 1990, he directed Home Alone. Twenty years later he directed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. He’s kind of a big deal.