WATCH: How Gremlins changed the world and influenced movies for years to come

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Dec 13, 2017

When Gremlins opened in 1984, no one could have predicted that the movie -- penned by Chris Columbus and directed by Joe Dante, about a young man receiving a strange, far-from-waterproof creature called a mogwai as a Christmas present -- would become a huge cult classic that spawned a 1990 sequel in Gremlins 2: The New Batch.

The film’s popularity is still going strong even today, so much so that there’s been several attempts to produce a third film over the years, with Columbus confirming back in August that he had written a Gremlins 3 screenplay. “It is as twisted and dark as anything,” Columbus said about the script. “I wanted to go back to the really twisted sensibility of the first movie. I found that was a very easy place for me to fall back into and start writing again, so hopefully we’ll see that movie soon.”

Which would be great, of course, and apropos, as well, considering how influential Gremlins was when Steven Spielberg (who literally saved the fate of Gizmo in the movie) and Kathleen Kennedy first produced the film over 30 years ago?

As such, SYFY WIRE has taken a deep dive into the movie and the mythology behind the destructive little critters. Check out the video below to learn how Gremlins changed the world by helping to necessitate the PG-13 rating, inspiring knock-offs and parodies like Ghoulies and Critters, and paving the way for Toy Story, Pokemon, The Minions, and more.

Additional material by Nathalie Caron.