His first film, made with friend and producer Jon Davison, was the seven-hour The Movie Orgy (1968), a compilation of movie trailers, commercials and clips that was popular on college campuses. - IMDb Mini Biography By: The film was released by Screen Media Films on June 7, 2016. The Sitges and Brussels International Film Festivals both honored Homecoming with Special Jury Recognition Awards, and the New Yorker called it the best political film of 2005. His father, Joseph James Dante, was a professional golfer, though Dante was more interested in becoming a cartoonist. [7][8], In 2007, Dante launched the web series Trailers From Hell,[9] which provides commentary by directors, producers and screenwriters on trailers for classic and cult movies. Six years passed before Dante directed the even more anarchic Gremlins 2: The New Batch, set this time in a New York high rise. In 2007, helped create Trailers From Hell, a Web site that features filmmakers' commentary on vintage movie trailers, mostly in the horror and science-fiction genres; the site has released several DVD collections since then. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. They get offended that you are somehow trying to expose the fact that they don't know things, and make them feel inadequate. The film stars Anton Yelchin and Ashley Greene. Directors he has cited as his principal influences include, He was one of the directors considered for. USA Today reviewer Mike Clark wrote "Part spoof, part nostalgia trip and part primer in exploitation-pic ballyhoo, Matinee is a sweetly resonant little movie-lovers' movie". Wrote for the horror fanzine Castle of Frankenstein; later became managing editor and a writer for the trade magazine Film Bulletin. When you go in to pitch something, it depends what you invoke. Born in Morristown, NJ #15. The studio is normally unwilling to pay to have the writer on-set in any other way. Dante co-wrote and directed five scenes of the film when Arkush became ill. Dante's films are well known for their many references to other movies and for their special effects. After a stint as a film reviewer, he began his filmmaking apprenticeship in 1974 as trailer editor for Roger Corman's New World Pictures. I wasn't overreaching by posting that. His films often take place in small towns and suburbs. His work for television and cable includes immigration satire The Second Civil War (1997) and episodes of anthology series Masters of Horror ("Homecoming" and "The Screwfly Solution") and Amazing Stories, as well as Hawaii Five-0. His films—notably Gremlins (1984)—often mix fantastical storylines with comedic elements. He made The Movie Orgy in 1968. After Billy fails to follow the rules for looking after Gizmo, the creature spawns other creatures, which transform into destructive monsters who then begin rampaging through the local town. Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. After a stint as a film reviewer, he began his filmmaking apprenticeship in 1974 as trailer editor for Roger Corman's New World Pictures. It's limiting. Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career. He made his directorial debut in 1976 with Hollywood Boulevard (1976) (co-directed with Allan Arkush), a thinly disguised spoof of New World exploitation pictures, shot in ten days for $60,000. [17], In 2019, Dante released Nightmare Cinema, a horror anthology film starring Mickey Rourke and featuring shorts directed by Dante, Alejandro Brugués, Mick Garris, Ryūhei Kitamura, and David Slade. Police Squad! He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Innerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. Your Sister Is a Werewolf, View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro, Steve Martin: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2004 premiere.