"Key & Peele" brilliantly reimagines the genesis of "Gremlins 2"

The acidly funny "Gremlins" follow-up very likely came to fruition after an "anything-goes" brainstorm

By Colin Gorenstein
Published August 28, 2015 2:42PM (EDT)
  (Key & Peele)
(Key & Peele)

Ever wonder how the 1990 follow-up to "The Gremlins" came to be? Key & Peele have, and on last night's episode the comedy duo set out to recreate the very writer's room conversation that might have given life to the dizzying, acidly funny horror-comedy film.

Jordan Peele stars in the sketch as a Hollywood sequel doctor, dominating the brainstorm session with an "anything-goes" approach to writing. He acts as a stand-in for real-life director Joe Dante who, given complete creative control over the second installment, built an unapologetically excessive film, then-described as an "anti-corporate satire."

Watch the clip courtesy of Comedy Central below:


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Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email cgorenstein@salon.com.

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