Inevitable Remakes: “Gremlins”

John Murphy

Co-founder of Gateway Apps, a software development firm specializing in Windows and Windows Phone applications. In his spare time, John loves watching movies and writing about them in an amateurish fashion.

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22 Responses

  1. Nigel Druitt says:

    Very funny, and sad at the same time.
    I totally think they would aim for the PG-13: that’s the big money rating.

    One thing I do wonder, if the film was being made RIGHT NOW, as opposed to even two or three years ago: J.J. Abrams and company are making a big deal about using a lot of practical effects on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, even building a full size Millennium Falcon, etc. The right filmmaker with the right reverence for the source material might be able to push for a stronger use of practical effects.

    Of course, these days, projects like a remake of this nature are not often handed to a filmmaker who has J.J.’s brand of clout…

  2. Nigel Druitt says:

    Sad, but true.

  3. johnmurphy01 says:

    Well said Nigel. I desperately hope that practical effects make a resurgence somewhat in this digital age. But, at the very least, I would imagine this Gremlins “remake” would most likely have a combination of CG and practical effects.

  4. Nathan Chase Nathan Chase says:

    I’m a big fan of both Gremlins films, so I’m hopeful that whoever gets tasked with the impossible task of making a new Gremlins knows – at the very least – to use practical effects instead of CG. If Star Wars: The Force Awakens can use practical, a new Gremlins should be able to as well.

  5. Jeff Lombardi says:

    Awesome analysis! I also fear that it would be toned down and marketed more towards 8-12 year-olds, with more silly slapstick, and less of what made the original so great.

  6. Charles Does says:

    Nice! Sadly Gremlins remade would never turn out right I believe, It could be done but they would never do it right.

  7. Milo_theHutt says:

    More like Gremlins 2 and a lot less like Gremlins 1. But I’m down to be pleasantly surprised.

  8. bencatapane says:

    Gremlins directed by Matthew Vaughn…

  9. To answer your question: Shit.

    CG, toothless, obnoxious, and probably starring a Jonas Brother.

  10. Probably a greater focus on it being realistic, gritty and scary, and way less campy (even than Gremlins 1) and strange.

  11. OhthatChris says:

    The cgi gremlins would defy physics with ever more elaborate action sequences. The girls dad would not have died in a chimney, there would be no gore or gruesome gremlin deaths, and we’d forget the movie the day after it came out.

  12. imbeciI says:

    A lot of CGI, some uninspiring cameos from people not related to any of the previous films, no gremlins being killed, not christmas themed, really young protagonists. A crappy origin story about where Gizmo comes from.

  13. milesbergs says:

    The bar scene, which is easily a favorite of anyones, would not exist. I also do not believe they would let the Gremlins defenestrate and elderly woman.

  14. johnmurphy01 says:

    A Reddit user(stupid_horoscope) posted this wonderful YouTube video that has the Gremlins in all their practical effects glory. It gives me hope that someone could inherit the property and do it correctly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnX6jqkTPVo

  15. Did any of you guys see this ad for British Telecoms around 6 years ago? It was a glorious reminder of these little bastards and why the effects have to stay practical: