Creator: Joe Dante
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 (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 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:
- Gremlins (1984)
- The Howling
- Innerspace (1987)
- Looney Tunes: Back in Action
- Small Soldiers
- The Burbs (1989)
Tropes present in Dante's work include:
- Author Appeal: Giant monster movies, Universal horror, and cartoons.
- Black Comedy
- Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: Has a love for both, but his films tend to be comedy-dominated.