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handa
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I'm working on a project that is new to me: Gremlin lore.

The physical embodiment may be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?......dadc10e2

Sources/Stories that I have so far:

*WWII pilot superstition/folklore
*Richard Matheson story (Twilight Zone series/movie and a bad riff on this with a 1970's tv movie starring Shatner)
*Joe Dante's classic film
*An episode of "So Weird" (The one where creatures sabotoge the technology of Star-Dot-Star and the town of Simplicity)
*Warner Brothers cartoons (Bugs Bunny one and the Hitler one: I haven't seen either in years)

It's a pretty limited list, so I'm sure that there are more references/sources.

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An interesting idea I don't think there will be much as they've pretty much developed through tv and radios. First written references during the first world war then given the title of Gremlins during the second world war. Roald Dahl introduced them to the world outside the service. Anything from his twisted mind is probably worth a bizarre routine. Since my childhood I've been dubious of women in gloves and wigs as a result of "the witches". I'm sure something good could be done with the idea that they were once good and helped tinker with technology. But humanity didn't give them credit, so they turned malevolent. Maybe a sucker trick with the magician failing as they haven't given the gremlins credit.

I reckon it would be easier adapting other similar fairy species to suit. Hobgoblins, boggles, brownies, or the unseelie court faries, would be an easy link. Creatures which live and help in the house but often play practical jokes. But then transform into boggarts when they become displeased.


http://www.roalddahlfans.com/books/gremtext.php
http://delarue.net/gremlins.htm
http://www.gremlintrouble.com/html/body_gremlore.html
http://www.unexplainedstuff.com/Mysterio......ins.html
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The Dahl reference is one that escaped me. I'm most familiar with his adaptations for young adults, and many of his adult sci-fi/fantasy story concepts have found their way into print for this audience in a very subversive manner. (Read the BFG stories and find elements of his short stories contained within these tales!) Sadly, I'm not as familiar with this canon as I should be and only know of a few of his works adapted into screenplays for television anthologies. Thanks for the heads-up here.

The "So Weird" storyline uses the Gremlins (not identified by this name) as helpful agents who deliver technologal advancements to people, and then they are ignored, which starts a barrage of technological sabotage targeted at the main beneficiary of the creatures' work.

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Very nice collection of gremlin skulls. Smile
I gonna have a look on gremlin myths but they seem to be typically american.
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Having a browse on the tinterweb it seems to have come from largely British airmen in the RAF, although Americans would have served in Britain and taken them back (on the plane wings). A few of the articles have said the Yanks didn't believe the Brits stories of these creatures. At least not until their planes started malfunctioning.
"Listen Hitler! The Gremlins are Coming" from 1943 seems to be another story similar to the Roald Dahl.

A time article on gremlins
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/articl......,00.html

A poem from an RAF journal "aeroplane" (1929)It seems to be the first printed reference:

When you're seven miles up in the heavens,
(That's a hell of a lonely spot)
And it's fifty degrees below zero
Which isn't exactly hot.
When you're frozen blue like your Spitfire
And you're scared a Mosquito pink,
When you're thousands of miles from nowhere
And there's nothing below but the drink
It's then you will see the Gremlins,
Green and gamboge and gold,
Male and female and neuter
Gremlins both young and old.
It's no good trying to dodge them,
The lessons you learned on the Link
Won't help you evade a Gremlin,
Though you boost and you dive and you fink.
White ones will wiggle your wingtips,
Male ones will muddle your maps,
Green ones will guzzle your Glycol,
Females will flutter your flaps.
Pink ones will perch on your perspex,
And dance pirouettes on your prop;
There's a spherical, middle-aged Gremlin
who'll spin on your stick like a top.
They'll freeze up your camera shutters,
They'll bite through your aileron wires,
They'll bend and they'll break and they'll batter,
They'll insert toasting forks in your tyres.
That is the tale of the Gremlins,
Told by the P.R.U.,
(P)retty (R)uddy (U)nlikely to many
But fact, none the less, to the few."
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I would have guessed Germanic from some of the predecessors to gremlins, but I guess there are wee folk and mischief makers in all cultures. I can't help but think of the "Little Ash" segment in Army of Darkness.

Curator: Thanks! The skulls grew organically as we were trying to find a cryptozoological niche that was neither overdone nor somebody else's intellectual property. As soon as the first one was produced, I immediately knew what I wanted to call them, and we're working on expanding the mythos of our particular breeds. I'm also working on stories/effects to go with them.

JJ: BLOODY BRILLIANT! I'll be looking into this one a bit more!

Chris
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Nice skulls Chris, thanks for sharing.

How about road/motorcycle gremlins? Not sure if this is what you're looking for, but I've been meaning to do something with this for awhile.

A bit about the legend of gremlin bells and they have a reasonably priced set with wood box, bell, leather cord and a card with the gremlin bell legend on it.
http://www.gremlinbells.com/

A little more about the legend of the bell.
http://www.angelfire.com/tx5/silverdrago......ell.html

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Warner bros put out life size gremlin realistic replicas when gremlins2 came out. if you could find one they looked cool but they probably would make people think about the movie
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Gremlins are pretty cool! Here is a more comical adaptation from Peter L.'s effect currently on the market.

http://s295.photobucket.com/albums/mm126......lins.mp4


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George: I'll have to have a discussion with a couple of biker friends about this one. My idea is that there are Gremlins that sabatoge all types of machinery and technology, so wheels, wings, pontoons, and hulls are all targets as are household appliances and office machinery. This fits perfectly, and I could see Burmese Bells working into this, or even a spirit bell.

Chuck: Thanks, friend! I forgot that you perform w/ this and can't believe that I'd forget ANY of Peter's releases! I am thinking that the skulls could still "influence" an object next to them as one possible storyline. (Very much in the same way that I could consider using a shrunken head, BTW.)

Chris
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Those are some wicked skulls, my friend! I love 'em!

Are you planning on releasing these for sale?
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