When Gremlins The audience, which debuted in cinemas in 1984, was fascinated and disturbed at the same time. The cute nature of the central creature named Gizmo of the Mogwai species was an instant hit with kids. However, the film also showed gruesome scenes of horror and death that scandalized the parents. In an interview with Collider, Chris Columbus who wrote the script for Gremlinsconfirmed that his original intention was to make an R-rated tough horror film inspired by his terrifying personal experience with mouse infestation.
“I was living in New York at the time these mice were walking on the floor and I was watching old universal horror films on TBS and my friend said to me, ‘You love monster movies so much, why don’t you write monster movies? ‘I thought about these mice running around at night, they would scurry on my finger when my hand was over the bed, it really scared me and that’s how I came up with the idea of Gremlins, so I wrote it as a straightforward horror movie. Hard R, Mama’s head rolls down the stairs, Billy and Kate go to a McDonald’s and nothing is eaten, but everyone is eaten (laughs). So it was very dark. “
It’s interesting to consider Gremlins was originally supposed to be even more beautiful than what the audience saw in the theaters. Keep in mind that the theatrical version of the film was so disturbing that the MPAA introduced the PG-13 rating to discourage very young children from watching such films in the future. According to Columbus, the fact that he could get Gremlins The result was that the title of the script caught the eye of Steven Spielberg, who decided to produce the film.
“My agent sent it to about 50 producers and it was just by luck. I wanted to do a film with Paul Newman at some point and he said to me, ‘This business is 50% talent and 50% luck.’ And the lucky part of Gremlins is that Steven Spielberg left his office and just looked at his assistant’s desk and saw the title, he said, “That’s an interesting title,” so he picked it up and read it over that Weekend I got a call from him like three days later. That’s what happened to Gremlins. “
Fortunately, when Spielberg got on board, Columbus was able to turn his story into a movie. But first the horror and blood in the script had to be reduced. Columbus credits Spielberg for helping him reduce horror, which was in the best interests of Gremlins history.
“Steven was very instrumental because I was a young writer and like a kid in a candy store working with Steven Spielberg, and he got me to do it – he said, ‘This needs to reach a wider audience.’ He says, “What you did could be great, but it’s an R-rated horror movie. There’s a way that what you’ve written can reach a much wider audience, “So we worked on several drafts of the script.”
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