Big Joe Dante fan here. I think he makes genre films that punch back, be it GREMLINS, THE HOWLING, his snippet in TWILIGHT ZONE THE MOVIE, and even a charming movie like MATINEE has a little bit of an edge to it, even if it's also sweet and heartfelt.
Dante's been a bit quiet in recent years, but he's coming back to filmmaking, and he's shooting in 3D to boot - none of this post-conversion stuff - in his new movie THE HOLE. THE HOLE opens September 28th in theaters and will be available on VOD on October 2nd. Here's a little peek - it's not much, but perhaps it'll whet the appetite a bit:
And here's a brief synopsis:
From director Joe Dante (Gremlins) comes a 3D thriller that explores the fears and secrets buried deep within the human mind. After moving into a new neighborhood, brothers Dane and Lucas, along with their neighbor Julie, discover a bottomless hole in the basement of their home. They find that once the hole is exposed, evil is unleashed. With strange shadows lurking around every corner and nightmares coming to life, they are forced to come face to face with their darkest fears to put an end to the mystery of THE HOLE.
Glad to see that Joe Dante is back. We've missed him.