Interviews

Video Interview: Joe Dante on The Necessity of Horror

Joe Dante was recently at Comic-Con and as for what he was promoting, I have no idea. As far as I know, he wasn’t there to sell or pitch me anything. Both him and Roger Corman were in attendance this year, and amongst the hardcore geek community, it was a big deal.

Dante is someone that’s had a hand in nearly every movie nerd’s life. I think we all remember watching Gremlins as a kid (or Innerspace, The ‘burbs, The Howling, etc.) So, when I sat down with Joe Dante, I wanted to talk about his life, the films that influenced him, and the joy of horror.

Again, his filmography speaks for itself. There’s so much to delve into. The type of films Dante makes aren’t as popular or as embraced as they used to be and should be, but that doesn’t erase the beautiful balance of horror and comedy that became his trademark.

Enjoy the Lynch-like camera work, and spend 15 minutes with the icon yourself:

Note: I highly recommend checking out Trailers From Hell. It’s a great site.

All you really need to know about Jack is his favorite movies are: The Last Detail, Rumble Fish, Sunset Boulevard, The Truman Show, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, The Verdict, Closer, Shadow of a Doubt, Spider-Man 2, Jaws, Adaptation, Get Carter, The Last Days of Disco, Carnal Knowledge, Almost Famous, Ed Wood, Barton Fink, and L.A. Confidential.

Read More from Jack Giroux
Get Film School Rejects in your email. All the cool kids are doing it:
Previous Article
Next Article
Reject Nation
2 Comments
Leave a comment
Comment Policy: No hate speech allowed. If you must argue, please debate intelligently. Comments containing selected keywords or outbound links will be put into moderation to help prevent spam. Film School Rejects reserves the right to delete comments and ban anyone who doesn't follow the rules. We also reserve the right to modify any curse words in your comments and make you look like an idiot. Thank You!