Joe Dante is a filmmaker that is near and dear to horror fans worldwide, especially those that grew up in the 1980’s. The programmers of the Fantasia International Film Festival also seem to agree (as published in the official press release), as they “…will be presenting a Lifetime Achievement Award to adored US genre legend Joe Dante, a man whose inspired filmography has touched generations of cinephiles. From Piranha, The Howling, and the universally-beloved Gremlins films to Innerspace, Explorers, and his bold television work, Dante’s works are electric with witty personality and brim with innovative storytelling and a big-hearted affection for all things film.” Recent recipients of Fantasia’s Lifetime Achievement Award include Guillermo del Toro, Takashi Miike, Ken Russell, Tobe Hooper, Jean Rollin, Andrzej Zulawski, Mamoru Oshii, John Landis, José Mojica Marins, Larry Cohen, and Ray Harryhausen.
The direct sequel to Joe Dante’s original The Howling film is set for release on May 31st in comic form from SpaceGoat Publishing entitled The Howling: Revenge of the Werewolf Queen.
The four issue limited series takes places directly after Karen White’s transformation on live television and her subsequent on-screen demise at the hands of Chris Halloran. According to Comixology, because of this, “Chris Halloran is having nightmares as he awaits trial for murder. Not in jail yet, Chris is conducting an investigation of his own: if he can prove the existence of werewolves, he might just have a chance at redemption—if only his witnesses would stop turning up dead.” read more
Tales of Halloween – Review
By Lynn Sorel
Rating: 9 out of 10
Synopsis: Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and ax murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.
Our Thoughts: Tales of Halloween offers a variety of gory, comedic stories in an inventive anthology collection that is sure to become a Halloween tradition for many.
Much like 2007’s Trick ‘r Treat, the stories are interlocking and center around one town on Halloween night. However, it doesn’t feel quite as solidly connected as Michael Dougherty’s film was. In Tales, Characters from other stories briefly cross paths with each other, rather than having meaningful interactions. Despite the similar idea and format, the comparisons end there. Both are unique and entertaining in their own ways. Fans of either film are likely to enjoy the other. read more
Screen Media has acquired the rights to the psychological thriller ‘Dark,’ directed by Nick Basile. Joe Dante produced the film, which stars Whitney Able, Alexandra Breckenridge, Michael Eklund and Brendan Sexton III.
The story centers around a disturbed woman on the night of the 2003 New York City blackout, when she finds herself trapped and alone. The pic is produced by Basile, Elias, Kathryn Belli, David Boulton, Andrea De Liberato and Emanuele Moretti.