About Trailers From Hell
Any movie can be great at 2 1/2 minutes!
Trailers — you know — those fast-paced theatrical promos that have preceded the Feature Attraction since the dawn of sound? An exciting montage of all The Best Parts of a movie full of swirling letters screaming hyperbolic promises of THRILLS! ACTION! MYSTERY! ROMANCE!
Packing all the highlights of a whole picture into its own mini-movie in just a few fast-paced minutes, TRAILERS FROM HELL is the brainchild of film director Joe Dante, new media entrepreneur Jonas Hudson, graphic artist Charlie Largent and producer Elizabeth Stanley. The series was initially born out of their mutual love of films of all types, but especially classic horror, science-fiction and exploitation films, which tend to have the coolest trailers.
TFH is the premier showcase for a breathtakingly eclectic assortment of trailers punctuated with informative and amusing commentary by world-renowned contemporary filmmakers. This content is syndicated across multiple platforms including the TFH website (www.trailersfromhell.com) and our YouTube and Blinkx Channels, and is also available via mobile devices and on Home Video and Video on Demand in the US and internationally.
The TFH Team
Joe Dante first gained cult notoriety for his now legendary movie-mash-up, The Movie Orgy. His first feature was Hollywood Blvd. which he co-directed with Allan Arkush for mentor Roger Corman. He made a splash with Piranha and then a slash with the werewolf thriller, The Howling. A well-received segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie led to the smash hit Gremlins for Steven Spielberg.
Subsequent films include: Explorers, Innerspace, The ‘Burbs, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Matinee, Small Soldiers, Looney Tunes: Back in Action (featuring one of Dante’s favorite actors, Bugs Bunny), The Hole 3D and Burying the Ex.
Dante has directed television episodes of Amazing Stories, Twilight Zone, Police Squad!, Night Visions, Picture Windows, CSI: New York, Hawaii Five-O, Salem, MacGyver, Witches of East End, and Legends of Tomorrow, as well as pilots for The Osiris Chronicles and Eerie, Indiana, on which he was also creative consultant. He received Cable Ace nominations for his direction of the Showtime movie Runaway Daughters and HBO’s The Second Civil War.
His politically-charged Homecoming episode of Showtime’s Masters of Horror received rave reviews and was named to numerous critics lists. He also directed The Screwfly Solution for that show’s second season. Dante currently produces the acclaimed new media series Trailers from Hell, and is the co-host (with Josh Olson) of TFH’s flagship podcast The Movies That Made Me.
Dante has two new projects slated for release this year: the horror anthology film Nightmare Cinema, for which Joe directed the segment Mirari, and Camp Cold Brook, which Joe executive produced through his company Renfield Productions.
He has been honored with lifetime achievement awards and career retrospectives at prestigious film festivals, museums and cinematheques around the world.
After 7 years as the Directors Guild of America’s Assistant Executive Director, Elizabeth Stanley established Elizabeth Stanley Pictures in 2005. Since then, she has produced the feature documentary, The Doctor, The Tornado and The Kentucky Kid and The Dark Path Chronicles, an original webisode series for FEARnet. She also produces the award-winning multi-platform series Trailers from Hell (www.trailersfromhell.com). Future projects include: Trafficked, a thriller set in the world of the sex slave trade; The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes and Monster Love, both to be directed by Joe Dante; and The Dark Path, a gothic fairy tale.
Jonas Hudson is an entertainment and new media entrepreneur who connects brands, distributors and content and syndicates through disruptive distribution channels. Mr. Hudson is a Co-Founder of 360 AdSpots, the worlds first dedicated 360/VR ad platform and CausePlay, LLC, a provider of mobile solutions for retailers brands.
360 AdSpots provides pre-roll, 360 and VR ads within a white label, global publishing network.
CausePlay provides mobile solution for retailers and brands, targeting grocery.
Before 360 AdSpots, Mr. Hudson co-founded The Nickels Group (TNG) – a new media company focused on mobile distribution and online music and video syndication. TNG was sold to London-based Mobile Streams (MOS) in 2006.
Prior to forming TNG, Jonas worked in marketing and distribution at Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema. At Warner Bros., he planned and executed marketing and promotional strategies for the launch of the patented, new DVD technology, under Warren Lieberfarb.
Indiana native Charlie Largent does all the illustration and design for Trailers From Hell. He received his BFA at the John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and his MFA at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. After graduation, he created commercial illustrations for advertisers and publishers while also developing his fine art. He began a series of one man and group shows (in New York, Chicago, Indianapolis and Los Angeles) that continue to this day.
In 1997, Largent developed Charlie Hill Illustration which provides digital illustration to the advertising and editorial world and includes Coca-Cola, Microsoft and A&E Network among his clients.
In 2000 Largent moved to California, beginning a stint as film reviewer (for Video Watchdog) and writing screenplays. He sold an original story, Tagged, to UPN for the most recent incarnation of The Twilight Zone hosted by Forest Whitaker and co-wrote the original screenplay The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes, which will be directed by Joe Dante. In addition to his illustration and design for Trailers From Hell, Charlie is currently working on a series of drawings for an upcoming exhibition, as well as a book on film. Charlie’s writing is represented by Judy Coppage of The Coppage Company and his commercial art is represented by Mendola Artists (in the US) and Meiklejohn Artists (in the UK).
Kris heads the TFH interactive division from his office in Lawrence, KS.
Kris has collaborated with leading software and app companies, bioscience and technology innovators and Fortune 500 brands worldwide including Coca-Cola, AMC Theaters, Walmart, Wendy’s, McDonalds and others through his freelance creative efforts via NMS3.
A native of Michigan, Mark Alan relocated to California by way of New York City. With a life-long commitment to the arts, Alan attended a two-year dramatic arts conservatory and later found himself working in various aspects of film and TV including assistant casting, and video-logging for the Travel Channel. After the jump to the west coast, Mark landed a job working for Joe Dante’s production company, Renfield Productions. With strengths in literature and technology, Alan was able to prove himself an asset for Mr. Dante holding positions in both screenplay development and marketing. He continues a path in what he calls his “double life” as an actor, having booked numerous performances including a co-starring part in the Corman/Dante interactive web series Splatter. Most recently Alan can be seen in Dante’s upcoming Burying The Ex alongside Anton Yelchin and Ashley Greene.
Danny Mears lives in Los Angeles.
Alex Kirschenbaum helps the Trailers From Hell social media push and contributes to the site as a writer with reviews and opinion pieces concerning the film scene. He’s pretty sure movies peaked in 1984, but he’s going to keep watching the new ones anyway.