Original Gremlins Script Was a Hard R Monster Movie Inspired by a Mouse Infestation

Original Gremlins Script Was a Hard R Monster Movie Inspired by a Mouse Infestation
When Gremlins debuted in theaters in 1984, audiences were simultaneously entranced and disturbed. The cutesy nature of the central creature called Gizmo, of the Mogwai species, was an instant hit with children. Yet, the movie also featured grisly scenes of horror and death that scandalized parents. In an interview with Collider, Chris Columbus, who wrote the script for Gremlins, confirmed that his original intention had been to make a hard R-rated horror flick, inspired by his chilling personal experiences with mice infestations.

"I was living in New York at the time with these mice running around 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 a monster movie?' I was thinking about these mice running around at night, they would scurry by my finger if my hand was hanging over the bed,
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