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It was back on June 8th, 1984 when Joe Dante’s now-classic horror comedy Gremlins arrived in theaters for the very first time, pushing the boundaries of PG-rated entertainment and delivering a timeless tale with some of most memorable cinematic creatures that were created by special effects artist Chris Walas.

At the time, Walas only had a handful of credits to his name, including Humanoids from the Deep, Piranha, Scanners and Raiders of the Lost Ark, but the rising F/X star would prove to be the perfect artist to tackle the daunting task of bringing both the Mogwai and Gremlins to life. Considering that Walas’ special effects work on Gremlins still remains one of the most impressive feats of practical F/X mastery in film history, we thought that speaking with the man behind the monsters would be the perfect way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dante’s beloved dark comedy. »

- Heather Wixson

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