10 Inside Movie Jokes You Probably Didn’t Get

8. Gremlins

The Howling Speaking of The Howling, Steven Spielberg was so impressed with the horror classic that he chose director Joe Dante to helm Gremlins, on which he himself was the executive producer. In Gremlins, we can clearly see a smiley-faced sticker on the door of Billy's refrigerator. This is actually a reference to The Howling, when the main werewolf/bad guy Eddie Quist left smiley-faced stickers as his calling card while reporter Karen White was tracking him. Were those poor, unsuspecting citizens of Kingston Falls also being stalked by a werewolf? And you thought the microwaved Gremlin scene was gruesome...

Michael Perone has written for The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore City Paper, The Island Ear (now titled Long Island Press), and The Long Island Voice, a short-lived spinoff of The Village Voice. He currently works as an Editor in Manhattan. And he still thinks Michael Keaton was the best Batman.