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Joe Dante

Highest Rated:   100% In Search of Darkness (2019)
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Birthplace:   Morristown, New Jersey, USA
Born and raised in New Jersey, Joe Dante was a garrulous, semi-obsessed "movie nut." As a teenager, Dante wrote articles and criticism for "#Castle of Frankenstein," a popular "fanzine" for horror-film aficionados. While attending the Philadelphia College of Art, Dante and his friend Jon Davidson put together The Movie Orgy (1968), a 7-hour compilation of kitschy film clips that was screened on the college-campus circuit under the sponsorship of Schlitz beer. Dante went on to write for The Film Bulletin, then joined Roger Corman's New World Pictures, starting out editing trailers. When Dante made noises about becoming a director, Corman challenged him to whip up a picture for $50,000; the result was Hollywood Boulevard, an elongated (and frequently sidesplitting) inside joke about low-budget moviemaking. With Piranha (1978) and The Howling (1980), Dante began attracting critical attention as a director to keep an eye on. For producer Steven Spielberg, Dante directed his most profitable film, Gremlins (1984), a funny and frightening compendium of filmic "quotes" from past movie classics, full of cameo appearances by such pop-culture icons as Chuck Jones, Dick Miller, and Robby the Robot. For television, Dante has directed episodes of Police Squad, Amazing Stories, Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt. While Dante is best known for his stylish "scare" pictures, one of the director's finest and most personal projects was Matinee (1993), a nostalgic (and very movie-savvy) glance back at what it was like to grow up as a film buff in the early 1960s.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
57% Camp Cold Brook
  • Producer
2020
No Score Yet Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time Volume 3: Comedy and Camp
  • Host
2020
93% Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time Volume 1: Midnight Madness
  • Host
2020
77% Nightmare Cinema
  • Director
2019
100% In Search of Darkness
  • Actor
2019
No Score Yet Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams and Monsters
  • Actor
2019
No Score Yet Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros Years
  • Actor
2018
No Score Yet Sad Hill Unearthed (Desenterrando Sad Hill)
  • Actor
2018
29% Trafficked
  • Executive Producer
2017
80% Out of Print
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Unspeakable Horrors: The Plan 9 Conspiracy
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Creature Designers - The Frankenstein Complex (Le complexe de Frankenstein)
  • Actor
2016
28% Burying the Ex
  • Director
2015
No Score Yet Dark
  • Executive Producer
2015
90% A Fuller Life
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Blast Vegas
  • Actor
2013
81% The Hole
  • Director
$1.7M 2012
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel
  • Joe Dante
$7.5k 2011
92% Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Trail Of Blood
  • Executive Producer
2011
86% American Grindhouse
  • Actor
2010
88% Machete Maidens Unleashed!
  • Actor
2010
100% Nightmares in Red, White and Blue
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Fantastic Flesh
  • Actor
2008
100% Spine Tingler: The William Castle Story
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Brother Theodore
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Masters of Horror
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet Coming Attractions: The History of the Movie Trailer
  • Actor
2006
33% Trapped Ashes
  • Director
  • Producer
2006
67% Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Masters of Horror
  • Director
2005
No Score Yet Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off Screen
  • Actor
2004
56% Looney Tunes: Back in Action
  • Director
$21.1M 2003
No Score Yet Haunted Lighthouse (R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse)
  • Director
2003
No Score Yet It Conquered Hollywood! The Story of American International Pictures
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet She's Alive! Creating the Bride of Frankenstein
  • Actor
1999
48% Small Soldiers
  • Director
1998
No Score Yet The Second Civil War
  • Director
1997
43% The Phantom
  • Executive Producer
1996
No Score Yet Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Runaway Daughters
  • Director
1994
0% The Silence of the Hams
  • Dying Man
1994
10% Beverly Hills Cop III
  • Jailer
1994
94% Matinee
  • Director
1992
25% Stephen King's 'Sleepwalkers'
  • Lab Assistant
1992
12% Oscar
  • Face on the Cutting Room Floor
1991
69% Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Director
1990
53% The 'Burbs
  • Director
1989
59% Amazon Women on the Moon
  • Director
$0.6M 1987
82% Innerspace
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet The Fantasy Film World of George Pal
  • Actor
1985
77% Explorers
  • Director
1985
84% Gremlins
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Code Name: Zebra
  • Voce
1984
56% Twilight Zone: The Movie
  • Director
1983
40% The Slumber Party Massacre
  • Actor
1982
71% The Howling
  • Director
1981
81% Rock 'n' Roll High School
  • Screenwriter
1979
72% Piranha
  • Director
1978
No Score Yet Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Hollywood Boulevard
  • Director
1976
No Score Yet Cannonball
  • Kid
1976
No Score Yet The Movie Orgy
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1968
89% Two Weeks in Another Town
  • Ad Libs in Lounge
1962
No Score Yet The Joker Is Wild
  • Man in Hotel Suite
1957
100% The Golden Coach (Le Carrosse d'or)
  • Hariequin
1953

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Producer
  • Director
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
87% DC's Legends of Tomorrow
2016
  • Producer
  • Director
  • 2016
No Score Yet MacGyver
2016
  • Producer
  • Director
  • 2016
82% Salem
2014-2017
  • Producer
  • Director
  • 2016
65% Witches of East End
2013-2014
  • Director
  • 2014
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Director
  • 2007
63% Masters of Horror
2005-2007
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • 2006
  • 2005
100% Eerie, Indiana
1991-1992
  • Director
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet Amazing Stories (1985)
1985-1987
  • Director
  • 1986
100% Police Squad!
1982
  • Director
  • 1982
0% Jeremiah
2002-2004
  • Executive Producer

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