Posts tagged Joe Dante


Schlock-Wire: Synapse Films Bringing VAMPIRE CIRCUS To DVD & Blu-Ray In Time For Xmas

U.S.-based hor­ror fans will be able to fill a major hole in the Hammer Films col­lec­tions this hol­i­day sea­son when Synapse Films releases Vampire Circus on DVD.  Even bet­ter, fans around the world will get a chance for a high-def upgrade because they will also be releas­ing this title as a blu-ray disc.  Both incar­na­tions More >


PIRANHA 3D: Cynical Hackwork Is Deadlier Than A School Of Killer Fish

There are few things more painful than sit­ting through a bad remake, a rule that dou­bles in strength when it is a bad hor­ror remake — and Piranha 3D is one of the most daz­zling fail­ures in the recent “hor­ror remake” sweep­stakes.  It’s devoid of the genre savvy, the play­ful sense of wit and the More >


Digi-Schlock: PIRANHA (Shout! Factory DVD)

Piranha has actu­ally received a spe­cial edi­tion before… and yet it still didn’t get the treat­ment it deserved in the U.S.  The old New Concorde DVD boasted a nice set of spe­cial fea­tures thanks to the efforts of direc­tor Joe Dante and pro­ducer Jon Davison but had to make to do with the ele­ments on More >


PIRANHA (1978 Version): A Fish Story, Corman-Style

Joe Dante is the arche­typal “fan­boy made good.”  A genre fan from child­hood, he started out writ­ing for Castle Of Frankenstein and later became a trailer edi­tor at New World Pictures.  He even­tu­ally tran­si­tioned into direct­ing and became the rare film­maker who could trans­late his pas­sion for schlock into com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful flicks like The Howling, More >


Schlock-Wire: Specs Announced for Shout! Factory’s Special Editions Of PIRANHA and HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP

Fans of aquatic ter­ror, take note — this year, Christmas will arrive in August.  This is because the good folks at Shout! Factory are unleash­ing remas­tered, extras-packed spe­cial edi­tions of the beloved New World Pictures clas­sics Piranha and Humanoids From The Deep dur­ing that month.  The for­mer is an inspired riff on Jaws with a More >