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Daily Trivia – 3/16/11

Question: In Gremlins, what are the three rules of proper “Mogwai” care?


Last Question: What 1984 sci-fi movie did David Lynch direct after turning down an offer to direct Return of the Jedi?

Answer: Dune

As Julia Roberts said in Pretty Woman: Big Mistake! Big! Huge!

Dune was based on the first of a series of novels by Frank Herbert. The first novel was published in 1965. For many years, different people tried to make the book into a movie. Finally, David Lynch was set to direct the movie.

When the film was released in 1984, it was a huge flop. It did not make much money, and it got horrible reviews. For example, on At The Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, Siskel began his review by saying “it’s physically ugly, it contains at least a dozen gory gross-out scenes, some of its special effects are cheap — surprisingly cheap because this film cost a reported $40-45 million — and its story is confusing beyond belief. In case I haven’t made myself clear, I hated watching this film.”

There were suppose to be sequels to the movie, but as a result of its poor commercial and critical reception, all initial plans for Dune sequels were canceled. It was reported that David Lynch was working on the screenplay for Dune Messiah and was hired to direct a second and a third Dune film. In retrospect, Lynch acknowledged he should never have directed Dune.