Joe Dante Offers His Thoughts on ‘Gremlins’ Ripoffs ‘Critters’ and ‘Ghoulies’ [Exclusive Clip]

Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive extended and unedited scene from the ’80s Horror Documentary In Search of Darkness (pre-order) in which horror legend Joe Dante talks about the many films that ripped off his Gremlins.

When asked about the subsequent projects, Dante sounds like he took Empire Pictures’ Ghoulies a bit personal, even though he’s “heard” that the film was in the works at the same time as Gremlins. “The fact that the ad has a Ghoulie coming out of the toilet probably expresses my feelings about the whole series,” he joked.

As for giving his blessing to any of the ripoffs, he’d offer his to New Line Cinema’s Critters film. And he does acknowledge that his Piranha was a ripoff of Jaws. Watch below!


After celebrating its world premiere this weekend at Beyond Fest 2019 in Hollywood, In Search of Darkness: A Journey Into Iconic ‘80s Horror is currently available to be pre-ordered, making it the perfect gift for any genre fan this holiday season.

Clocking in it at over four hours, and featuring more than 45 interviewees, In Search of Darkness is an expansive look back at the greatest decade in horror cinema, with the artists who helped shape the landscape of the genre alongside those who have been highly influenced their work.

Fans of ‘80s horror can currently pre-order their copies here through midnight on Thursday, October 31st, and the documentary will be available on both Blu-ray and DVD formats for the retail price of $59.99 USD. Everyone who pre-orders their copy will also receive an exclusive poster, enamel pin and a digital download of the documentary, perfect for viewing anywhere. Orders will ship in November 2019, just in time for the holiday season.

“Featuring compelling critical takes and insider tales of the Hollywood filmmaking experience throughout the 1980s, In Search of Darkness will provide fans with a unique perspective on the decade that gave rise to some of the horror genre’s greatest icons, performers, directors and franchises that forever changed the landscape of modern cinema. Tracking major theatrical releases, obscure titles and straight-to-video gems, the incredible array of interviewees that have been assembled for ISOD will weigh in on a multitude of topics: from creative and budgetary challenges creatives faced throughout the decade to the creature suits and practical effects that reinvigorated the makeup effects industry during the era to the eye-popping stunts that made a generation of fans believe in the impossible.”

Directed by David A. Weiner, interviews include John Carpenter (Halloween [1978], The Thing [1982]), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond), Don Mancini (Child’s PlayCurse of Chucky), Cassandra Peterson (iconic horror host “Elvira, Mistress of the Dark”), Mick Garris (Critters 2, The Stand), Doug Bradley (Pinhead from the Hellraiser series), Sean S. Cunningham (producer, Friday the 13th [1980], the House series), Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street, New Nightmare), Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling), Alex Winter (The Lost Boys, the Bill & Ted series), Bill Moseley (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The Devil’s Rejects), Larry Cohen (The Stuff, It’s Alive), Caroline Williams (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Stepfather II), Keith David (The Thing [1982], They Live), Tom Atkins (The Fog, Halloween III: Season of the Witch), Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet, Chopping Mall), Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child’s Play), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, Dolls), Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th series, the Hatchet franchise), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, House on Haunted Hill [1999]), Lori Cardille (Day of the Dead), Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Entertainment founder), Nick Castle (Michael Myers in Halloween [1978] and Halloween [2018]), Robbi Morgan (Friday the 13th [1980]), Andre Gower (The Monster Squad), Harry Manfredini (composer for the Friday the 13th series), Brian Yuzna (Society, Bride of Re-Animator), Ken Sagoes (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master), and special effects legends Greg Nicotero (Evil Dead II, The Walking Dead), Mark Shostrom (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, Evil Dead II) and Tom Woodruff, Jr. (The Monster Squad, Pumpkinhead).

Also follow the project through the official website and via Twitter, @80sHorrorDoc.

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