made his directorial debut in 1976 with Hollywood Boulevard, followed by Piranha, both for Roger Corman
. Dante directed the highly praised werewolf thriller The Howling, followed by the It's a Good Life segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie. With Steven Spielberg
as executive producer, Dante went on to helm the runaway hit Gremlins, which grossed more than $200 million at the world-wide box office. His other film credits include Innerspace, The ‘Burbs, Gremlins 2: The New Batch and Matinee. Most recently, Dante directed the feature film Small Soldiers, an action-fantasy that blended live action, animatronics, and computer generated imagery.
For television, Dante directed HBO's 1997 near-future drama The Second Civil War, for which he received a CableACE Award nomination for Best Director of a Movie/Mini-Series.
Dante is a noted movie buff with well-regarded knowledge of 1950s & 60s sci-fi/ horror films and Warner Bros. cartoons, whose films frequently pay homage to these classics.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
Joe Dante Facts
|Gremlins 2: The New Batch|
|Goonies, The / Gremlins / Gremlins 2: The New Batch|
|Family Favorites: 10-Movie Collection|
|Twilight Zone: The Movie|