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Joe Dante

Director, Actor

PiranhaPiranha (1978)
Dir. Joe Dante
Feat. Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, Kevin McCarthy
A gag–filled spoof of JAWS and B–Movies from the 1950s. Premium schlock from the pen of John Sayles.
Howling, TheHowling, The (1981) Recommended
Dir. Joe Dante
Feat. Dee Wallace Stone, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan
A well–regarded werewolf movie that gets funnier and scarier as it progresses. Rob Bottin's bone–crunching werewolf transformation scenes…
Twilight Zone - The MovieTwilight Zone - The Movie (1983)
Dir. John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante
Feat. John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks
Big–screen homage to the classic 60s TV–series, features four segments of varying (though often effective) creepiness, helmed by…
GremlinsGremlins (1984) Recommended
Dir. Joe Dante
Feat. Hoyt Axton, Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates
Comedy–horror gold just mild enough for the kids, about a boy's new pet that spawns a legion of furry, unruly monsters.
Explorers, TheExplorers, The (1985) Recommended
Dir. Joe Dante
Feat. Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix
Imaginative space adventure film also has enormous fun at the expense of American popular culture. Among the explorers are a very baby–faced…
InnerspaceInnerspace (1987) Recommended
Dir. Joe Dante
Feat. Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan
The premise of FANTSTIC VOYAGE is comically reworked with a vastly different plotline involving a miniaturized Dennis Quaid is inadvertently injected…
Burbs, TheBurbs, The (1989)
Dir. Joe Dante
Feat. Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher
A worthwhile comic spin on that age–old comic scenario – what if those strange new neighbours were members of a cannibalistic cult?…
Gremlins 2: The New BatchGremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Dir. Joe Dante
Feat. Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover
This commendable sequel sees the little critters take the mayhem to gargantuan proportions, attempting to take over the entire city of New York.
MatineeMatinee (1992)
Dir. Joe Dante
Feat. John Goodman, Cathy Moriaty, David Clennon
The director of GREMLINS and EXPLORERS affectionate nod to science fiction B–movies and film director/gimmickmeister, William Castle. Set…
Second Civil War, TheSecond Civil War, The (1997)
Dir. Joe Dante
Feat. Denis Leary, James Earl Jones, James Coburn
Fairly realistic speculation of an American Civil War, occurring when present–day Idaho cedes from the Union, painted over with the lighter…

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