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Joe Dante: I would direct another “Gremlins” movie


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It’s been nearly three decades since “Gremlins” first hit theaters which, in today’s Hollywood, means it’s a property that’s ripe to be revisited. The fan-favorite horror comedy has become a cult classic since its release in 1984 and is a staple if you want to terrify your family around the holidays.

IFC recently had a chance to catch up with director Joe Dante while he was promoting “The Hole’s” upcoming theatrical release, and we couldn’t resist asking him if anyone’s approached him about bringing the gremlins back to life. We were surprised to discover that no one has, but — as he cautioned us — that doesn’t mean a new “Gremlins” isn’t in our future.

“No one has ever approached me, though I’m sure that as we speak there are people who are scratching their little heads trying to figure out how to make another ‘Gremlins’ movie,” Dante said with humor.

It would be tricky to bring the same cast back for a “Gremlins 3” since it’s been 12 years since “Gremlins 2: The New Batch” hit theaters, but filmmakers have made bigger stretches in the past few years. Clearly Dante has thought about the idea a bit, since he had a handful of alternative scenarios to talk about when we asked him about it.

“Obviously it’s not going to be ‘Gremlins 3’ because you can’t continue the story from the previous movie with the same characters. My guess is they would probably go back and start over and try to reimagine a different kind of ‘Gremlins’ movie,” he said. “The problem that they have is that the ‘Gremlins’ movies were informed entirely by the technology that we had available. As the technology got better, in the second film were able to do more things with the gremlins than we could in the first film, but now the technology’s all obsolete and it’s all CGI, and so that would require looking at the property a completely different way, I think.”

Even though it would require a new approach, Dante would be interested in directing a new “Gremlins” movie. As he said in our interview, “Gremlins” has been very good to him. But he’s not sure that a new “Gremlins” movie would come close to capturing what made the series so special to begin with.

“I’m also not sure that, if the original ‘Gremlins’ had come out a month earlier or a month later, it would have had the same impact. There’s certain serendipitous moments where the right movie comes out at the right time and that was mine,” he said. “I think the same movie could have come out a year earlier or a year later and maybe not have had as much impact. It just happened to hit the sweet spot.”

“The Hole” is due out in theaters on September 28 and will come out on DVD, Blu-ray, iTunes and VOD on October 2.

Would you want to see “Gremlins” revisited if Dante was at the helm? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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