Topic: Something I love about Joe Dante films
The Burbs, Piranha, The Howling, Explorers, and Gremlins. They are basically all homage films. Piranha makes references to Black Lagoon and of course more importantly Jaws. In both the Burbs, and Explorers, Dante uses the television to set the mood. One scene where Hanks is flipping through the TV and he basically surfs through like 5 horror films, and then Explorers Eathan Hawke is just a huge fan of 50s Sci Fi so there are a bunch of references there. Dante pays his homage with the transformation/sex scene in the Howling, and then of course Gremlins is his ode to monster films. The way Dante sets up the mood by using old movies is just brilliant though. Great for atmosphere. Watching the Burbs right now and the scene with Feldman talking about The Sentinel is just one of my favorite horror/comedy scenes ever...
Dante doesn't get much talk around here, though I'm sure there are plenty Dante fans on this site. Another thing I notice about Dante is literally all 5 of these films he uses fog to help set the mood....gotta love the 80s
Last edited by PrinceofDarkness (2012-08-16 17:35:19)