films seen
15
average score
2.20*
nationality
USA - 73 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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One of the big 80s horror relics, though Dante's strong point is more a mix of horror and comedy. His purer horror works are a letdown, while the comedy can get a little childish. Still, he made some classics that are simply must-sees.

Solid pieces

Burying the Ex poster

Burying the Ex

by Joe Dante
Specifics
USA [2014] - 89 mins
Genre
Comedy, Horror, Romance
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3.5
Homecoming poster

Homecoming

by Joe Dante
Specifics
USA, Canada [2005] - 58 mins
Genre
Horror
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3.5

The inoffensive

Nightmare Cinema poster

Nightmare Cinema

by Alejandro Brugu├ęs, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Ryuhei Kitamura, David Slade
Specifics
USA [2018] - 119 mins
Genre
Horror
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3.0

Nightmare Cinema serves a prime selection of horror directors, but none of them were able to deliver their best work. Still, there's enough variety to keep things interesting and there are no stinkers either. Like most anthologies, the sum is bigger than its parts and if you're a horror fan, this film should have enough to keep you entertained.

The Screwfly Solution poster

The Screwfly Solution

by Joe Dante
Specifics
Canada, USA [2006] - 59 mins
Genre
Horror
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3.0

Worthy but flawed

Gremlins 2: The New Batch poster

Gremlins 2: The New Batch

by Joe Dante
Specifics
USA [1990] - 106 mins
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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2.5
The 'Burbs poster

The 'Burbs

by Joe Dante
Specifics
USA [1989] - 101 mins
Genre
Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
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2.5
Gremlins poster

Gremlins

by Joe Dante
Specifics
USA [1984] - 106 mins
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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2.5

Dubious filler

The Hole poster

The Hole

by Joe Dante
Specifics
USA [2009] - 92 mins
Genre
Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
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2.0
Trapped Ashes poster

Trapped Ashes

by Sean S. Cunningham, Joe Dante, John Gaeta, Monte Hellman, Ken Russell
Specifics
USA, Japan [2006] - 105 mins
Genre
Horror
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2.0
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Amazon Women on the Moon

by Joe Dante, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton, John Landis, Robert K. Weiss
Specifics
USA [1987] - 85 mins
Genre
Comedy
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2.0

Cheesy comedy with a few more misses than there were hits. The film is fragmented and little more than a collection of comedy sketches, most of which go on for way too long. Luckily it doesn't overstay its welcome and there are some genuine giggles here, but unless you like really predictable jokes this is little more than random filler.

Twilight Zone: The Movie poster

Twilight Zone: The Movie

by Joe Dante, John Landis, George Miller, Steven Spielberg
Specifics
USA [1983] - 101 mins
Genre
Horror, Sci-fi
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2.0

Plain forgettable

Explorers poster

Explorers

by Joe Dante
Specifics
USA [1985] - 109 mins
Genre
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance, Sci-fi
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1.5
The Howling poster

The Howling

by Joe Dante
Specifics
USA [1981] - 91 mins
Genre
Horror
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1.5

The start of the film is not so bad, somewhat mysterious and creepy. But once it becomes a full-on werewolf flick things get iffier by the minute. The special effects are poor, the acting is mediocre and the werewolf scenes look incredibly silly. Not my favorite genre to begin with, Dante couldn't do anything to change that.

Big nopes

Small Soldiers poster

Small Soldiers

by Joe Dante
Specifics
USA [1998] - 110 mins
Genre
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-fi
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1.0

Irritation overload

Piranha poster

Piranha

by Joe Dante
Specifics
USA [1978] - 94 mins
Genre
Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller
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