Did you ever stare at Billy’s crotch on the original poster for Gremlins? Well some guy did, and in doing so, revealed an Easter egg fans of the film probably never noticed. What is it? Well, you’re gonna have to read on through to find out, but first, let us take a moment and reflect on Joe Dante’s classic film, with a few fun facts thrown in along the way. We’ve even got a 30 years later cast photo!
Don’t ever get it wet, keep it away from bright light and no matter how much it begs, never feed it after midnight.
With these instructions, young Billy Peltzer takes possession of his cuddly new pet. Billy will get a whole lot more than he bargained for.
Gremlins (released 1984) is the story of a small-town kid who acquires a strange and unbearably cute creature that later spawns a pack of menacing green beings that terrorize a town on Christmas Eve. 30 years later (*Insert obligatory “gawd I feel old” comment), and it still holds up as a a dark (I can never listen to that Johnny Mathis holiday jingle “Do you see what I see” without getting a slight case of PTSD from a particular scene), crazy, twisted, inventive, and violent Christmas classic.
Gremlins offers scares, laughs, and entertainment. It also gave us Gizmo, perhaps the most adorable on-screen creature of all time. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who’s seen Gizmo and not lip quivered the words, “AWE…I WANT HIM”.
FUN FACT #1: Did you know Gizmo was voiced by funny man (and neurotic germ-a-phoebe) Howie Mandel?
While Gremlins has lost appeal over these last 3 decades – finding itself lost between 2 proceeding generations, and those who simply wanna remember and mock it for those vague open-ended rules “Don’t feed them after midnight – it’s always after midnight, you wanna get gremlins cause that’s how you get gremlins” and “Don’t get them wet – dude, water is everywhere and practically in every source of food, how they gonna eat?” However, for the nostalgia trippers like myself, the film holds so many iconic images and harkens back to a time where practical effects ruled and there were no such things as PG13 films.
FUN FACT # 2: Gremlins was rated PG, kind of dark film for kids to watch, wouldn’t you say?
OK, so about that 30 year old Easter egg…
Unlike that Back to the Future Buzzfeed crap (which has likely been spamming your Facebook feed) for people (who can’t put away their cell phone for 2 hours!) and never noticed the: Twin Pine/Lone Pin yet, this is a REAL Easter egg. One that even the most die hard of fans likely never knew.
I can’t imagine how anyone could have ever spotted this little Easter Egg, or maybe I just don’t want to. Hidden deep in the shadows under the box that Billy is holding (who holds a box like that anyway?) with Gizmo is the button on his jeans. On that button is the logo of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment production company, which produced Gremlins.
I have this exact poster and in all the times my eyes have haphazardly and sometimes purposely graced Billy’s crotch, I never noticed this. It’s funny how things have a way of managing to keep surprising us, even years later.
Empire Magazine has released a sneak peek photo from their Gremlins reunion photo shoot. From left to right: 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).
I was going to ask where Stripe & Mohawk were but then I realized Gizmo killed them in both Gremlins movies. If you’re wondering where the deuce is Phoebe Cates? Empire asked but she declined to take part. I assumed she got stuck in a chimney dressed as Santa Claus, but then I found this recent picture of her at the 2013 Academy Awards with husband Kevin Kline. She’s looking fantastic at 50.
FUN FACT #3: Did you know Katie’s infamous “There is no Santa Claus” monologue was seen as too dark and was almost cut from the movie? Steven Spielberg, stepped in and convinced the studio to keep it in.
If you’re wondering what Zack Galligan has been up to lately, check out our interview with the star last year.
FUN FACT #4 Believe it or not, Galligan is an acting coach now. You’ll see one of his prize pupils, Miles Teller, as Mr. Fantastic in Josh Trank’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.
In closing thoughts – it’s been 30 years since Gremlins came into theaters. Having style, charm, originality and humor to spare, this film was among the top echelon of movies from the glorious ’80’s. With Gizmo in our hearts, flawed rules to follow, and humorous but equally terrifying ill tempered satanic spawns, Gremlins has forever cemented itself as a staple in popular culture.
Now, we’ll someone hurry up and make Gremlins 3 already. We can only hum Gizmo’s theme in anticipation for so long.