Video Interview: Joe Dante on The Necessity of Horror

By  · Published on July 30th, 2010

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.

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Longtime FSR contributor Jack Giroux likes movies. He thinks they're swell.