Gremlins (1984)

18 corrected entries

Corrected entry: When Billy is having car trouble before work, he opens the bonnet and a lot of steam rises from the engine. VW Beetles have air cooled engines, which do not contain water to create steam.

Correction: No, but they still have oil and other fluid which could give off smoke - it's pretty difficult to tell the difference between steam and white smoke on screen.


Corrected entry: When the "Whistle While You Work" sequence is shown from "Snow White" the music is wrong. It sounds like music from the film, but it's not from that particular song.

Correction: The music is correct during that sequence. However in the middle of the song it switches to "Whistle While You Work", which can be seen on-screen while Billy and Kate sneak by it. The gremlins were seen playing with the film rolls, so perhaps they made a direct cut.

Corrected entry: At the very end of the film, just before the credits start rolling, the clouds in the sky can be seen to move behind the moon - this is impossible.

Correction: Actually, the clouds are moving *in front* of the moon (if you look carefully, you can see mostly transparent wisps). The moon is so bright and the cloud layer so thin that the light shines through them.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: The Chinese boy states that sun light will kill them instantly. So why don't the two gremlins die in the biology lab, when the sun light hits them through the blinds?


Correction: It is stated that BRIGHT light kills them. Sunlight through the blinds, does not affect them as much, because it is not as bright as full light, and they are moving, so constantly the spots of light on their skin change positions.

Corrected entry: Given they are in the middle of winter with a fresh snowfall on the ground - you don't see anyone's cold breath outside in ANY scene and you should.

Correction: This has been pointed out in numerous other films already - visible breath has nothing to do with cold, but how humid the air around your nose/mouth region is. It is entirely possible that after the snow fell, the humidity dropped to a point where breath would no longer be visible.


Corrected entry: During the scene when the gremlin tampers with the brake cable on the police car, the car then pulls off down the street and you can see the brake lights come on as the car slows up to go round a sharp corner.


Correction: Just because the "brake line" was tampered with does not mean that the electical signal sent to the "brake light" is automatically cut as well. Therefore, it is possible that the light can still come on if the brakes don't work.


Corrected entry: If you watch the scene where the Gremlin is throwing plates at Billy's mother in slow motion, on the last plate thrown, you will see that the plate is not in the gremlin's hand, rather it comes up from behind the gremlin.

Correction: If you have to use slow motion to see this, it is not valid as a mistake.


Corrected entry: When the policemen get back into their car, the gremlin has let the fluid out of the brakes. The policemen drive off, but can't stop. Remarkably however they seem to have no trouble in the next scene, stopping the car and turning left.

Correction: The Gremlin tampers with the brakes when the car is stopped outside Mrs. Deagle's house, it then pulls away, it doesn't stop again.

Corrected entry: When they enter the department store at the end of the film, it is dark outside, so where did the strong sunlight that killed Stripe come from?

Correction: The first ray of dawn. It would appear blindingly bright in the dark store.

Soylent Purple

Corrected entry: When they're at the cinema the movie "Snow White" starts up during the "Heigh Ho" sequence. Later, while Billy and Kate are sneaking around, it's the "Whistle While you Work" sequence which comes before "Heigh Ho", not after.

Correction: With gremlins in the projection room, who knows in what order they are playing the reels.

Corrected entry: When Mr. Peltzer is telling his wife he can't come home for Christmas, you can see Robbie the Robot in the background, he was used in many movies, such as a movie in the 1950's called "Forbidden Planet". You can also hear him say, "Would 60 gallons be sufficient", which was a line he said in Forbidden Planet.

Correction: ALL the lines used by Robbie the Robot were lifted from "Forbidden Planet", the movie for which he was created. To the best of my knowledge that has been his last appearance to date (2004).

Corrected entry: How did the Gremlins know the lyrics for "Heigh Ho"? They hear "heigh ho" and then sing "it's home from work we go" without having heard the line sung in the film.

Correction: They may have sat through the movie more than once. Also, they seem to be "born" already quite intelligent. They don't seem to need to learn anything else like walking, etc. They could have inheirited racial memories and know anything that Gizmo (who is very old) knows.


Corrected entry: How come Gizmo is watching TV in Billy's room when he is supposed to be afraid of bright lights?

Andy Benham

Correction: TV's aren't all that bright, and he is some distance away from it.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: In the beginning when Billy is late for work, he puts out his name plaque and it is upside down. A few moments later, it is right side up.

Correction: The name plaque becomes upright when Mrs. Deagle enters the bank, and gets attacked by Billy's dog. That was plenty of time for him to put it the right way up.


Corrected entry: Gremlins have three fingers, but there are four sratches on Billy's shirt when Stripe claws him.

Correction: Three fingers, one thumb, four scratches.

Corrected entry: The movie takes place in winter. With all the snow on the ground wouldn't the snow cause the gremlins to reproduce due to the water content. Even in Dory's bar, the gremlins spill beer and other drinks on themselves, don't those drinks also contain water?

Correction: The majority of liquids we consume contain some water. I think water must be fairly pure to make them reproduce, otherwise mogwais would either die of thirst or reproduce every time they drank something (liquid touching lips would cause reproduction).


Corrected entry: When the gremlins are attacking Billy's mom in the kitchen, the kitchen is well lit with a window that allows sunlight into the room. If bright light kills gremlins, wouldn't they die when they enter the kitchen?

Correction: There are only killed by contact with direct sunlight, as far as I can see there is no direct sunlight on the Gremlins in this scene. Also, they are only afraid of bright lights, it does not kill them, only sunlight can do that.

Corrected entry: In the first shot of the hi-tech phone box, behind it on the right is the time machine from the film The Time Machine. There are people standing around it, while it starts to spin. In the next shot of it, it is gone.

Correction: If you look, you can see smoke rising and the judges of the invention convention looking around for it. It's just a background gag implying that the time machine worked.



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Randall Peltzer: Well, that's the story. So if your air conditioner goes on the fritz. Or your washing machine blows up. Or your video recorder conks out; before you call the repairman, turn on all the lights, check all the closets and cupboards, look under all the beds. Cause you never can tell. There just might be a gremlin in your house.



When a gremlin attacks the Mum from a Christmas tree, and the tree falls on top of her, you can clearly see a member of the crew with eyeglasses, wearing a red shirt, standing behind the tree pushing it forward on top of her.



At the beginning of the film, when Billy is late for work, you see two films playing at the movie theater: "A Boy's Life" and "Watch the Skies." The former was the original title for "E.T." and the latter was the original title for a proposed sequel to "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Two films directed by executive producer Steven Spielberg.