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Film director known for a string of cult 1980's sci-fi/fantasy films that oftentimes ran on pure [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs crazy moon-logic.]]

Dante's work is notable for the strong affection he has for [[AuthorAppeal '40s and '50s horror movies]] (''Film/{{Matinee}}'' is a love letter to William Castle, for example), and his taste for black comedy and political commentary. He first got attention for ''The Movie Orgy'', a seven-hour-long collection of weird film clips, ads and trailers that Dante still curates and screens around the country. After a few smaller successes, he directed ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'', which launched a long, contentious relationship with Hollywood, which didn't seem to understand that Dante had [[StrawmanPolitical a few axes to grind]], especially with the political climate celebrating the '50s as a happy Golden Age and the suburbs as a great place to be. With [[Series/MastersOfHorror a few exceptions]], though, he's relatively subtle about his opinions.

Actually probably better known to people of a certain age for ''Series/EerieIndiana'' than for his movies; he was an executive producer and directed five episodes.

The films he directed include:
* ''Film/{{Explorers}}''
* ''Film/{{Gremlins}}''(1984)
* ''Film/TheHowling''
* ''Film/{{Innerspace}}''(1987)
* ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction''
* ''Film/{{Piranha}}''
* ''Film/SmallSoldiers''
* ''Film/{{Matinee}}''
* ''Film/TheBurbs''(1989)

He also directed segments of the {{Anthology Film}}s ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'' and ''Film/AmazonWomenOnTheMoon'', as well as the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episodes "Homecoming" and "The Screwfly Solution" and the pre-show for the [[DisneyThemeParks Twilight Zone Tower of Terror]].

!!Tropes present in Dante's work include:

* AuthorAppeal: Giant monster movies, Universal horror, and cartoons.
* CreatorBreakdown: Arguably only Creator/TerryGilliam has had a harder time making the movies he wants to make.
* {{Hypocrite}}: He hates ''[[MST3K Mystery Science Theater 3000]]'' because of the show's tendency to poke fun at B-movies, despite the fact that Dante has occasionally done this himself in his own works.
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