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Movie fans invited to meet a Gremlin at Bury St Edmunds museum's latest Sci-Fi exhibition

Movie fans are being invited to meet a 'real' Gremlin at a museum's annual Sci-Fi exhibition.

Stephen Spielberg's 1980s Gremlins proved a worldwide hit in the 1980s.

The movie told the story of how inventor Hoyt Axton, gave his son, Zach, a Christmas present - a tiny, furry creature, he names Gizmo

Gizmo also came with a set of rules: 'don't get him wet, don't feed him after midnight, (no matter how much he cries) and keep him away from direct sunlight'.

A Gremlin from Gremlins 2: Image Matt Doe, the Movie Reliquary
A Gremlin from Gremlins 2: Image Matt Doe, the Movie Reliquary

Son Zach Galligan breaks the first rule and the damp little creature, pops out a dozen little offspring.

He then breaks the second rule and, overnight, the critters turns from cute and furry to malevolent and scaly, with world domination on their mind.

On show at Moyse's Hall in Bury St Edmunds will be a Gremlin from Gremlins 2: The New Batch, made in 1990.

A Dalek from the Matt Smith era will also be on show
A Dalek from the Matt Smith era will also be on show

It is the museum's 12th exhibition which in pre-Covid years attracted up to 10,000 people.

"At around seven inches tall, he’s a surprisingly small stop-motion puppet but the detail is immense," said heritage officer, Dan Clarke.

"He is undoubtedly the star of the show – anyone who lived through the 80s and 90s will remember how huge the two movies were.

"We also have a swatch of Gizmo's hair."

The Gremlin will feature amongst other props including a screen-used Dalek from Dr Who, a display celebrating Empire Strikes Back and a mini-prop museum area dedicated to smaller props, including a screen-used badge from Star Wars, a Hogwarts envelope from Harry Potter, a tiny piece of the house from The Goonies, and tiny flecks of dust from the original yellow brick road.

Props and studio casts will also include a screen-used Dalek from Matt Smith’s era of the show and the museum will be examining at the anniversary of Star Wars' The Empire Strikes Back, which is now 40 years old.

Heritage operations manager, Lance Alexander, said: "Safety is our main aim this year.

"Since July 8 we’ve been safely welcoming in the public by offering hand sanitising points, clearly displayed floor markers for social distancing and a one-way system.

"We also regularly clean handrails and touch-points throughout the day. This has all been achieved without having a major impact on the enjoyment and positive experience within the museum setting.

"We have had lots of feedback thanking us for making visitors feel welcome and above all safe."

The exhibition runs between October 24 and December 20.

Previous stars have included David Prowse (Darth Vader) ad Jeremy Bulloch, (Bobba Fett). Costumes have included Admiral Kirk and Captain Picard's uniform, Christophger Reeve's Superman costume and Arnold Schwarzenegger's leather from Terminator.

"We have been very lucky to have been supported by many local businesses and collectors to provide props and collectibles plus working with international experts like Propstore to bring amazing movie items to the museum," added Lance Alexander.

"This year has been tough due to the pandemic - so some collections we were hoping to bring will now be held back until 2021.

"That being said the fantastic items on loan from the Movie Reliquary means we are very excited to open the exhibition to the public."

More details at www.moyseshall.org

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