Film director known for a string of cult 1980's sci-fi/fantasy films that oftentimes ran on pure crazy moon-logic.
Dante's work is notable for the strong affection he has for '40s and '50s horror movies
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 Gremlins
, which launched a long, contentious relationship with Hollywood, which didn't seem to understand that Dante had 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 a few exceptions
, though, he's relatively subtle about his opinions.
Actually probably better known to people of a certain age for Eerie Indiana
than for his movies; he was an executive producer and directed five episodes.
The films he directed include:
He also directed segments of the Anthology Films Twilight Zone: The Movie
and Amazon Women on the Moon
, as well as the Masters of Horror
episodes "Homecoming" and "The Screwfly Solution" and the pre-show for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Tropes present in Dante's work include:
- Author Appeal: Giant monster movies, Universal horror, and cartoons.