An Interview with Rick Sloane, Director of Hobgoblins (part 2 of 2)
Mendo: You’re most known for (obviously) Hobgoblins and the Vice Academy series. When did you first become involved with these projects?
I wrote Hobgoblins before Gremlins, which I know no one ever believes. But there were no cute puppets in the script: the Hobgoblins were always hidden inside a film vault where all you would see were just their red eyes. They still created your wildest fantasies, but there were no cute throw pillow puppets anywhere to be seen.
At one point, it was really unlikely I would have ever made the film. I had skipped over it a year earlier to make The Visitants instead, which is about aliens from outer space who come to Earth on Halloween night and kidnap teenagers from costume parties. It’s one of my favorites of the films I’ve made, but few people have seen it. It’s drenched in a campy 1950s look. I was really trying to mimic the effects in Plan 9 from Outer Space.