Just as countless horror anthologies of past years have been defined by their own grab bag results, Nightmare Cinema is a mixed collection of eerie crescendos and deflating downswings. Joe Dante. Mick Garris. Alejandro Brugués. Ryûhei Kitamura. David Slade. These directors would fill the roster of any movie lover’s Murderers’ Row, and their collective worth skews towards positive reactions with an emphasis on differentiation. Their segments take ambitious swings and rarely skimp on absurdity, to a degree where the highest peaks overshadow the shallowest valleys.
Could this be thanks to Mr. “Projectionist,” Mickey Rourke’s wraparound purveyor of nasty delights whose old-school theatrical torture ushers in each story with opening night menace? Maybe not entirely, but boy does Nightmare Cinema introduce one maliciously memorable mascot. Read More »
In a great new interview with Syfy, Joe Dante, who helmed Gremlins, The Howling, Innerspace and more, sat down to talk about his long, eclectic career, and passed along some invaluable advice he received from B-movie mastermind Roger Corman. Read the important Roger Corman filmmaking advice passed on to Joe Dante below.
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Steven Spielberg shows no signs of slowing down. The 70-year-old filmmaker will be delivering the excellent The Post to theaters this month and releasing his pop culture extravaganza Ready Player One in 2018. But just because Spielberg seems to be constantly plowing ahead into the future, that doesn’t mean we can’t stop and reflect on his past. Two new revealing bits of info from the director’s past detail revelations from former projects, including the time he saved Gremlins and when he got yelled at by Kathleen Kennedy on the set of E.T. Read More »
Around the holiday season, plenty of cinephiles like to throw around the names of their favorite unconventional Christmas movies. One of the movies consistently near the top of that list is Gremlins, the campy horror comedy from director Joe Dante and executive producer Steven Spielberg. If you haven’t been fortunate enough to see Gremlins in theaters, or you have a loved one who has never had the pleasure of watching this holiday favorite, December has quite the opportunity for you.
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that Gremlins will be returning to theaters beginning on December 8, but only at select theaters across the United States. Find out more about when and where you can catch Gremlins in theaters below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Tim Burton’s Batman shook the pop culture landscape in some pretty profound ways when it first arrived back in 1989. Burton transformed into a go-to blockbuster guy. Michael Keaton proved himself to be more than just a comedian. Jack Nicholson became absurdly wealthy. And perhaps most importantly, millions of people around the world willingly paid hard-earned cash money to see a superhero movie, which wasn’t exactly a healthy genre at the time.
But that version of the film only came about after nearly a decade of development, with many different directors, writers, and actors brushing against the project. One of those directors was Joe Dante, and he wanted to cast John Lithgow as the Joker.
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A part of the charm of Joe Dante‘s Gremlins films is how much hell the little monsters raise. They also don’t cause massive, destruction porn. If the Gremlins reboot/sequel comes to fruition, will it feel the need to compete with the huge monsters we see today?
According to the original films’ star, Zach Galligan, he’d like to see the series go in that direction — and maybe it will. Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
Gremlins director Joe Dante is plenty busy, but he’s not one of those filmmakers who seems to put out a new movie every year. Burying the Ex came about five years after The Hole, which arrived six years after Looney Tunes: Back in Action, and so on. So it’s exciting to hear he’s wasting no time getting started on his next project, Labirintus. Read about the Joe Dante Labirintus movie after the jump. Read More »
Let’s get one thing straight: Gremlins 2 is a very funny film with a hell of a lot of energy, and one of the best jokes on the studio idea of sequel creation that has ever been made. I love the movie. You can’t ding Gremlins 2 for being ridiculous and excessive, because it knows it is excessive. That’s the entire point of the film.
That doesn’t mean this Key and Peele sketch about the creation of Gremlins 2 isn’t hilarious, because many of same jokes within could be applied to a lot of films that aren’t nearly as entertaining as Joe Dante’s 1990 sequel to his original 1984 film. Jordan Peele plays “the hollywood sequel doctor,” who goes from observing the Gremlins 2 writer’s room brainstorming session to taking it over and pushing things in absurd directions that will be familiar to anyone who has seen the film. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
Moving on from a bad relationship is tough even under the best circumstances. It’s infinitely more difficult when your ex comes back as a zombie determined to sabotage your rebound relationship and/or eat you alive. That’s what happens in Burying the Ex, Joe Dante‘s first film since 2009’s The Hole.
Anton Yelchin plays hapless Max, whose relationship with Evelyn (Ashley Greene) has gone downhill. Just as he musters up the courage to dump her, she dies in a freak accident. Max subsequently gets involved with Olivia (Alexandra Daddario), only to discover soon afterward that Evelyn’s back from the dead and eager to rekindle their romance. Watch the new Burying the Ex trailer after the jump. Read More »
Earlier this week, we featured a little infographic counting down the biggest movie sets in the history of cinema. This look into the practical sets from decades past shows both how impressive and large some physical sets used to be, and also just how few giant film sets are built today, in favor of digital effects. But even the world of special effects wasn’t so technologically advanced. And much like extensive practical set building, the use of less-sophisticated but still impressive special effects is something that seems to be missing from today’s movies.
So if you need to escape the present day for awhile, check out this vintage one-hour NOVA special that takes a look at the magic of special effects in the 80s, focusing on films such as Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Watch the NOVA segment on special effects below! Read More »