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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas! Santa Quint has brought you an awesome gift for the holidays! The good folks at Trailers From Hell and the great Joe Dante himself, who is apparently a constant reader of this column, have helped Santa Quint bring goodies to all you good little boys and girls.

Not only do I have some awesome behind the scenes pics from the making of Gremlins, culled from Joe Dante’s personal files, but I also have a holiday giveaway for one of my North American readers (sorry rest of the world, but Santa Quint doesn’t have a magical sleigh and reindeers, just a leaky boat and a bastard shark).

Up first are the photos, followed by the contest where you could win an autographed Gremlins Blu-Ray and Volume 1 of the Best of Trailers From Hell.

Click on any of the below pictures for the super big versions (ie your new desktop)!










Brilliant. Thanks very much, Mr. Dante. Any time you want to raid your files for behind the scenes pics you have a place for them!

Let’s figure out this contest, shall we? Like I mentioned above the Trailers From Hell folks have offered up an autographed Blu-Ray of Gremlins and Volume 1 of The Best of Trailers From Hell, a very rad collection of older trailers with commentaries by filmmakers discussing the trailers, the movies and cinema itself.

I know it’s Christmas Eve and tomorrow’s Christmas Day and even if you don’t celebrate the holiday you’re likely shutting down and playing your Xbox or PS3 for 24 hours straight to enjoy the holiday. So, I’m going to give this contest until Tuesday at 11:59pm CST.

I want to honor the heart-stoppingly gorgeous Phoebe Cates and hear, in 100 words or less, your worst Christmas story; the very worst thing to happen to you on or around Christmas (or your seasonal holiday of choice). Bonus points if there’s photo evidence to back up your outlandish shit.

Email your entry to this email address with the subject line “Why I Hate Christmas.” You need to include your mailing address (in the event that you’re the winner, will only be used for the purposes of this contest, I promise) and your story in 100 words or less. If you’re sending photos, keep them under a meg. Contest begins now and ends 11:59pm CST Tuesday, December 28th.

I’ll post a story with the winning entry (if you want your name kept private let me know that in the email) shortly thereafter. Good luck all!

Thanks to Joe Dante, Danny Mears and the rest of the crew of Trailers from Hell for making this entry so special!

Tomorrow’s pic is a real Christmas miracle executed in a nearly forgotten filmmaking technique (unless you’re Abed). Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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  • Dec. 24, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Haha, I love the picture with the wide eyed Gizmo

    by _Venkman

    good stuff

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Wait a second

    by Fernwick_

    That looks like Buffy's house from BTVS. Is that Buffy's house Quint?

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    You couldn't just ask a trivia question....

    by BirdieNumNum

    I'm jewish and don't celebrate christmas. This contest is biased.

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Always liked

    by Scalvador

    Gremlins 2 more than the original. Am I alone here???

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    Any holiday hatred story will be considered.

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Very Nice! This was always one of my favorite Xmas movies.

    by vic twenty

    The wife ain't too thrilled about that but I wearing her down. Poor Gizmo got a shocker!

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Scalvador - I love Gremlins 2.

    by vic twenty

    Christopher Lee is great - and Daniel Clamp is one of the best characters anywhere ever.

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Thanks Quint! I do hate some other holidays.

    by BirdieNumNum

    Gotta say I like this column. I hope that pointing out the discrepancies in the contest rules doesn't make me a hater.

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Gremlins 2 was awesome when I was five

    by _Venkman

    I still haven't seen it in quite sometime

  • This sentance no verb.

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    The part that gets me in Gremlins 2...

    by Fred Garvin

    "please remove your car from the Clamp parking lot, your car is old & dirty..." Christopher Lee, John Glover & Robert Picardo are all great in it. But I'd have to go with the original as the best one. I love to play that Goldsmith theme on the piano. Much more dark when played "slow".

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Question ab Moriarty

    by Fat and Curious

    I donno where else to post/ask this. McWeeny has been posting some pretty depressing Tweets about hoping he gets to hear from his kids on Christmas Eve...did he get divorced? Just curious.

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST

    No picture(s) of Phoebe Cates...

    by TrueLies

    and I'm supposed to care?<br> <br> You don't understand your audience, do you?

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Whatever happened to Moriarty?

    by _Venkman

    and I second some Phoebe Cates nips

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST

    I've been playing Assassins Creed

    by onezeroone

    Nothing says christmas like beating up on pope.

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 12:31 a.m. CST

    I love me some Gremlins 2

    by disfigurehead

    I was watching in Japanese at Narita airport. Craziness.

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 1:30 a.m. CST

    does anyone dislike the first Gremlins?

    by Monolith_Jones

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Gremlins 2

    by dukeroberts

    I never cared for Gremlins 2. Apparently, most people were with me as the franchise ended with that poor entry. The first Gremlins is a classic though.

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST


    by Mark


  • Dec. 25, 2010, 2:18 a.m. CST


    by Mark

    Was lucky enough to see Gremlins on the big screen last week, the audience still laughed and jumped in all the right places. A classic. Was also lucky enough to get my DVD signed a couple of years back at the Edinburgh Film Festival by Dante himself. He's the real deal.

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Mogwai No For Sale!

    by teddy_duchamp

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 4:12 a.m. CST


    by Valenni

    Yeah that campaign worked well LOL

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Please make more movies Mr Dante.

    by Ecto-1

    Gremlins is the best christmas film ever and one of my all time faves.

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Mogwai for the whole family!

    by JackSack

    Had a Gizmo stuffed animal as a kid, and now my kids got stuffed Gizmos in their stockings today. They saw the movie last year, and have been living in fear of Gremlins all year. But, of course, they love Gizmo.

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST

    RE: Moriarty/Drew

    by Fawst

    Drew's wife went back to her home country for a few months and brought their two sons along. No divorce as far as I know... Just family business she had to deal with. And if no one knows, Drew writes the Motion/Captured blog at which I recommend to anyone who enjoyed Moriarty's articles.

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    I dislike the first "Gremlins"

    by ufoclub1977

    I was a young fan of "Piranha", and especially "The Howling" (I even got the French blu-ray of "The Howling" hoping it would play like my Kong '76 French blu-ray. It doesn't :( I went to see Gremlins back then (was it 1983?) and didn't have that cool feeling during the movie outside of the kitchen scene with the mom. But I did like Gremlins 2 much more!

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Great pics! Great movie!

    by slone13

    Thanks Joe Dante! (And for the record, "The New Batch" is ALMOST as good as the first.)

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST


    by 1997-2011

  • Dec. 25, 2010, noon CST

    Happy Birthday Dick Miller!

    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

    Gremlins 1 and 2 are two classy movies. Thanks. Merry Christmas.

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    "I need a pororoid...!"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    "Camera?! Lady, I *am* a camera!!!"

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    I'll be playing Tron Evolution lightcycle multiplayer

    by UltraTron

    in exactly 1 hour. I'll be using a borrowed PS3 with the queerest screen name you've ever heard- stormshadow. I think the idiot that owns it thought he was gonna be shadowfax but botched it. So come and get sum UltraTron(stormshadow)!

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST


    by CuervoJones

    This movie is very important for me.

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Congratulations are in order for 1997-2011

    by theKRELL

    AICN's newest douchebag... Don't forget to sign AssmunchLives guest book.

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    misuse of B&W

    by Rupee88

    I think this film was shot in color so why B&W stills...they aren't even arsty and composed for B&W..just lame

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    "Misuse of B&W"

    by Autodidact

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    .. you retard.

    by Autodidact

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Got any nude photos of Phoebe Cates?

    by Royston Lodge

    I'm just sayin'...

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Fuck you and your HOLIDAY! I celebrate Christmas!

    by BilboRing

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    No Phoebe Cates?

    by Queefer Sutherland


  • Dec. 28, 2010, 10 p.m. CST

    Gremlins 2 - Best Part Was Gremlins Call Back

    by The Bear

    The most out-of-place moment in "Gremlins" was when Phoebe Cates told us about her horrible Christmas family death. It was awkward and didn't quite fit the rest off the movie. Mr. Dante (or the writers) must have realized that, for they had Phoebe Cates start talking about her horrible Lincoln's Birthday family death in "Gremlins 2" -- one of the funniest moments in the film. Or at least it was for me and my friends; we seemed to be the only ones in the theater laughing at that moment when it popped up.