Joe Dante

Birthday: Nov 28, 1946
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



77% Nightmare Cinema Director 2019
No Score Yet Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros Years Actor 2018
No Score Yet Sad Hill Unearthed (Desenterrando Sad Hill) Actor 2018
17% 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
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
33% Trapped Ashes Director Producer 2006
No Score Yet Coming Attractions: The History of the Movie Trailer Actor 2006
No Score Yet Masters of Horror Director 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
42% 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
59% Twilight Zone: The Movie Director 1983
40% The Slumber Party Massacre Actor 1982
70% The Howling Director 1981
80% 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 Screenwriter Director 1968
100% 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


No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
Director Producer
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
84% DC's Legends of Tomorrow
Director Producer
  • 2016
No Score Yet MacGyver
Director Producer
  • 2016
82% Salem
Director Producer
  • 2016
65% Witches of East End
  • 2014
No Score Yet CSI: NY
  • 2007
63% Masters of Horror
Executive Producer Director
  • 2006
  • 2005
100% Eerie, Indiana
  • 1992
  • 1991
100% Police Squad!
  • 1982


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