While viewing Gremlins with a good friend who had not seen the film in its entirety before….(And still hasn’t, so if you are reading this, we need to set a date for the second half! bwahahah) I noticed that during the scene in which Billy takes Pete to his room to meet Gizmo, there is a rolled-up Twilight Zone: The Movie poster in the corner!
For those that are unaware of Twilight Zone: The Movie, it release in 1983, and contained a remade segment of “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”. This was the story of a man afraid to fly who was played by John Lithgow in the film, and William Shatner in the original 1963 Twilight Zone episode.
The man quickly becomes terrified of the Gremlin he sees on the wing of the plane, which he believes will cause the plane to crash.
The short tale is one of the most famous Twilight Zone episodes and movie segments, so the poster’s appearance is yet another subtle “Gremlins” reference within the movie, chalked right up there with malfunctioning machinery, and an AMC gremlin appearing in the film’s introduction.
Another neat little connection, is the legendary Dick Miller (Mr. Murray Futterman in Gremlins) makes an appearance in another segment in Twilight Zone: The Movie
For those interested in checking out the original 1963 episode, here is the episode on youtube
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFE-yMMWCvc
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYTOzbRBphw
The movie version with a genuinely creepy Gremlin creature….
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwEclI_ffOA
So there you go!
Soon there will be a report of how it was to introduce Gremlins to my friend….and how long she can tolerate watching for every little detail that fascinates me with the movie. That would make her pretty awesome to be able to enjoy the movie while I point out neat trivia all over the place.
Finally, as always be sure to vote on MovieMob for a good friend of Gremlins Online: Andre Meadows! He has brought Gizmo on to the show with him a few times and is never afraid to show how awesome of a Gremlins fan he is. Keep up the great work Andre, and we always want to see more Gangsta Gizmo!