The Gremlin movies were the first time, to my knowledge, where the movies tilted towards meta-fiction.
Not only were the Gremlins aware of the havoc they were causing all around them, they were aware of the havoc they were causing in the movie going audience. They knew they were fictional creatures and took great delight in subverting their assigned story roles to the point of taking over the directing of the movie.
In Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) there is a three minute sequence of absolute meta lunacy where the Gremlins take over the projection booth and replace their movie with a nudie flick. At least that is what happened in the original theatrical version. You can see it below.
Gremlins 2: The New Batch original theatrical difficulty scene:
This sequence was changed in the VHS home video release. The Gremlins are seen shredding a tape of their movie and replacing it with a John Wayne Western. You can see it below also.
Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Alternate Home Video Sequence:
When the film was re-released on DVD and Blu-Ray no meta scene was shot for the newer technology.
That is where Gremlins mega fan Sacha Feiner, a Belgian animator and puppeteer, decided to correct this error and do one himself.
Gremlins 3 Warm Up can only be described as the ultimate post credit sequence. It has the evil greenies hacking a DVD/ Blu-Ray menu and inserting themselves into other classic films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Batman, and Goonies. You can watch it below.
Gremlins Fan Films- Gremlins 3 Warm Up:
Feiner hand-painted and sculpted all the Gremlins that appear in the short.
The film was made in 2008 and was a little seen labor of love until Feiner posted it on YouTube. The short went viral enough for him to assemble a making of Gremlins 3 Warm Up documentary. That can be seen below.
Making of the Gremlins fan film:
Feiner in an interview with the fan site Gremlins Online noted that he worked only with films released before Gremlins 2 to maintain the films sense of authenticity. A Goonies sequence that mentions Gremlins was an obvious parody choice. The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms was included because it was a favorite of Gremlins director Joe Dante.
Feiner made the video on a 2,500 Euro budget in two months with the help of family and friends.
With a reboot of the Gremlins franchise in the works perhaps Feiner will get the dream job he has always wanted.