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USA - 77 years old
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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.


Burying the Ex

2014 / 89m - USA
Comedy, Romance, Horror
Burying the Ex poster


2005 / 58m - USA
Homecoming poster

Nightmare Cinema poster

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

2006 / 59m - USA
The Screwfly Solution poster

Gremlins 2: The New Batch

1990 / 106m - USA
Comedy, Horror
Gremlins 2: The New Batch poster

The 'Burbs

1989 / 101m - USA
Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
The 'Burbs poster

Dante isn't the director who makes sprawling masterpieces, but his films often have a lightness and breeziness that makes them very easy to watch. The 'Burbs is a perfect example. A little ghastly, but mostly just a comedy that flashes by and reaches its climax well within the comfortable 100-minute mark.

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The film reminded me a bit of Fright Night, only with adults and without the vampires. The focus lies on one of those typical neighborhoods (hence the title), where everybody walks in on everybody and every place is a good place to gossip. Add one eccentric family to the mix and you have solid setup.

Dante handles it well. The pacing is solid, there are some fun stereotypical characters and the film never gets too serious. The ending is a bit too silly (the film could've done without the final twist) and it's nothing too memorable or outstanding, but it's nice, honest filler. A typical Dante film in other words.


1984 / 106m - USA
Comedy, Horror
Gremlins poster

The Hole

2009 / 92m - USA
Fantasy, Thriller, Adventure
The Hole poster

Trapped Ashes

2006 / 105m - USA
Horror - Anthology
Trapped Ashes poster

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

1983 / 101m - USA
Sci-fi, Horror - Anthology
Twilight Zone: The Movie poster


1985 / 109m - USA
Comedy, Sci-fi, Adventure
Explorers poster

The Howling

1981 / 91m - USA
The Howling poster

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.

Small Soldiers

1998 / 110m - USA
Sci-fi, Action
Small Soldiers poster


1978 / 94m - USA
Piranha poster