From Hell: Joe Dante and his Trailers

Before he directed classics like Gremlins and–dare we say it–Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Joe Dante made his bones chopping trailers for Roger Corman’s New World Pictures. Indeed, his first feature was 1968’s four-and-a-half hour The Movie Orgy, a compendium of trailers, so-bad-they’re-good clips from The Attack of the 50-Foot Woman and Speed Crazy, and even Richard Nixon’s “Checkers” speech. All of which makes him eminently qualified to be one of the panelists on Web site, where cheeseball trailers of all stripes are revered and mocked.

Trailers from Hell has often hit the road, and this year Dante and the compilation film The Best of Trailers from Hell will be at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Dante will accompany a screening at the Alamo Ritz 1 on 320 East 6th Street on Monday, March 16, 2009 … at midnight, natch.


Among the highlights of the film are directors John Landis talking the rockstravaganza The T.A.M.I. Show, Edgar Wright explicating Mario Bava’s Danger: Diabolik, and Eli Roth drooling over 70s gorefest Three on a Meathook. Dante is an expert raconteur and grindhouse aficianado. At least two of these men were a fanboy before the concept was invented, so if you’ve wandered into Texas by mistake, there will be worse things to do at midnight. Below, James Brown brings the funk to California in The T.A.M.I. Show:


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