all seen it before - whenever a great, memorable character shows up onscreen, it’s
only a matter of time before a string of subsequent knock-off flicks cram in a similar
character clearly modelled off the original. Just look at Joe Dante’s Gremlins,
a wildly original family-horror-comedy upon its release in 1984, balancing
scares and laughs while toning down the harsher edges of screenwriter Chris Columbus’
to 1990, and before Dante could even put together a direct sequel the multiplex
had been flooded with three Critters films (Gremlins, but R-rated and from space),
three Ghoulies flicks (Gremlins, but vaguely supernatural), and even a lone Munchies
(Gremlins, but they - grant wishes, we think? Roger Corman half-assed this rip
off so badly that the sequels transitioned into being E.T. knock-offs instead).
nothing worse than seeing an original character shamelessly ripped off, with
the carbon copy characters leaving audiences bored of their favourite figures
before they even have a chance to appear in the sequel. With this in mind, we’ve
collected the most shameless cases of creators copy-and-pasting characters from
better works and hoping no one would notice. For shame, filmmakers.