Monday, Aug. 23 2010, 09:43 AM
As Piranha 3-D chomps into theaters in all of its glorious B-movie gore, we caught up with the man behind the Roger Corman's decidedly more modest 1978 original -- director Joe Dante, then making his third feature film ahead of hits like The Howling, The Twilight Zone and, of course, 1984's horror-comedy classic, Gremlins. RT spoke to Dante recently in Melbourne, which was hosting a retrospective of his career, and asked him to name his all-time five favorite films. Though his picks are now regarded as classics, many weren't well-reviewed or even financially successful upon their first releases. ?Psychologically, maybe it reflects my career,? Dante laughs. ?No, I?m a firm believer that movies are not best appreciated at the time they?re released. They need to age a little, like wine, and people can?t really assess a movie until a couple of years have passed, at least.?