Believe it or not, Gremlins celebrated its 30th anniversary this month. Empire Magazine has pulled together a mini reunion with Zach Galligan (Billy Peltzer), Dick Miller (Murray Futterman), Joe Dante (Director), Rick Baker (SFX Gremlins 2), and Chris Walas (creator).
Here is an image from the photo shoot they did in connection to the reunion and below is a taste of the interview.
The Gremlins movies were famously hard to make. Has the pain faded?
Joe Dante: 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.
Chris Walas: 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.
Dante: Chris and I had worked together since Piranha, and we were planning a 3D remake of Creature From The Black Lagoon. Then Gremlins came along. It was a good job, but there just wasn't a lot of budget. All these creatures had to be created and we had no idea how we were going to do it.
Walas: Weren't you thinking about monkeys?
Dante: First we talked about stop-motion. Then realised 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.
Rick Baker: Hey, it worked in (Laurel and Hardy movie) Babes In Toyland.
Dante: But that one just had a Mickey Mouse head on. We actually did get a monkey and put a head on him and watched him careen around the editing room, pooping on everything in terror. We decided it wasn't really going to work out.
Baker: Sounds good to me!
The full interview will be in the next issue of Empire which goes on sale tommorow, June 26th.