Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Crossover Movie Poster: Explorers
A newspaper bears the headlines "Kingston Falls 'Riot' Still Unexplained" and "Homewood School Teacher Reported Missing." Among the items in a junkyard is a sled inscribed with the word "Rosebud." Kingston Falls is the setting of Explorers director Joe Dante’s film Gremlins, while the Homewood schoolteacher is Helen Foley from "It’s a Good Life," Dante’s segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie, based on the episode of the Twilight Zone TV series of the same name, which in turn was based on Jerome Bixby's short story. In Dante's version of "It's a Good Life," Dick Miller appears as Walter Paisley, the character he originated in A Bucket of Blood and reprised in several other films, including Dante's The Howling, which is in the CU via the appearance of a character from Gremlins. Therefore, Dante's version of "It's a Good Life" is the one that is canon for the CU. In Orson Welles’ classic film Citizen Kane, Rosebud was the name on Charles Foster Kane’s sled as a child. Since Kane’s sled was tossed into an incinerator at the end of Citizen Kane, Rosebud must be a brand name, and the sled in the junkyard another of the company’s products.