The 20 Best Christmas Movies On Netflix

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Christmas time is here and for a whole generation of movie fans, that means lighting up the tree and putting on Gremlins, the cult classic 1984 horror comedy about a Christmas present that takes on a life of its own.

Even if you’ve never seen Gremlins (and hey, it’s never too late to see it for the first time) you know who Gizmo is. He’s the fluffy and scarily cute mogwai that serves as the film’s protagonist.

But that wasn’t always the case. Early on in Gremlins’ development, as revealed over at Entertainment Weekly, Gizmo was originally intended to transform into the film’s bad guy Stripe. Yep, Gizmo and Stripe were originally the same character!

The change, a change that countless fans are no doubt thankful for, was actually suggested by executive producer Steven Spielberg.

“We invented a way to get Gizmo to move,” said Gremlins director Joe Dante. “But the problem was that Gizmo was supposed to, in the original script, turn into Stripe, the bad Gremlin, after about 20 minutes, and that was the way that we planned to do the movie…But Steven Spielberg got it into his head, after seeing all of our tests with Gizmo, that he liked Gizmo so much that he said, ‘You know, we really shouldn’t get rid of him, he should stick around and be the hero’s pal for the entire picture.’ Which was terrifying for us, because we were about four weeks away from shooting, and we had no idea how to make this puppet, which was really small, carry a movie, and be a character, basically.”

As Gizmo went on to become one of the most iconic critters of the ’80s (a critter-filled decade, TBH), it’s hard to imagine what pop culture would look like if the original intent stayed in place. Would the cuddly mogwai be so beloved if he turned into a sadistic li’l terror a half hour into the flick? Probably not! And that’s why you should always trust Steven Spielberg’s instincts!

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Source : https://decider.com/2017/12/06/steven-spielberg-gremlins-gizmo/

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