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Gremlins in the Rough

FX artist Chris Walas, who designed the Gremlins and won an Academy Award for his work on THE FLY, took to Twitter recently to share some early designs for the furry Mogwai and their reptilian Gremlin form. “Found my very first rough sketches for the Mogwai. I think you can see the tarsier influence here,” he wrote, following up with “An abandoned Gremlin design sketch.”

The former are adorable (tarsiers are primates, basically little monkeys) but I’m more taken by the latter. Compare the early design for the Gremlin to the eyewitness descriptions given of the Kelly-Hopkinsville Goblins on the right. You can clearly see the influence. Though Walas didn’t mention it in his tweet, we know that all the Gremlins were inspired by the story of the Kelly-Hopkinsville encounter. Though I’m certain the little aliens (or whatever they were) were scary enough for the people involved when the encounter took place back in 1955, the creatures look cute to me. By adding those big nasty teeth, Walas created a more fearsome cinematic appearance for the bloodthirsty little boogers. (While the Gremlins are never shown directly consuming blood in the movie, they do share certain other attributes with traditional vampires, mainly their intolerance for sunlight.)

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.

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