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, The ‘Burbs, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Matinee , Small Soldiers, Looney Tunes Back in Action (featuring one of Dante’s favorite actors, Bugs Bunny), and The Hole 3D which garnered the inaugural Best 3D Feature Award at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.
Dante has directed television episodes of Amazing Stories, Twilight Zone, Police Squad!. Night Visions, Picture Windows, CSI: New York, and Hawaii 5-0, 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.
His latest, the rom-zom-com Burying the Ex, is slated for release this year. 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 has spent the past 15 years as an executive in mobile/new media content distribution and marketing. In 2009, Mr. Hudson co‐founded Cause-Play, a digital/mobile agency with a focus on causes and activating social change.
Prior to CausePlay, Mr. Hudson co-founded The Nickels Group in 2002. TNG focused on mobile distribution and online music and video syndication. TNG distributed mobile content and has produced content that can be downloaded on over 50 carrier decks worldwide. TNG produced and distributed over 1,000 “made for mobile” video episodes and distributed millions of wallpapers, ringback tones and truetones. In 2006, Mr. Hudson sold TNG to Mobile Streams, LTD a public company in the UK (MOS), which is the mobile arm of Liberty Media (NASDAQ: LSTZB). At Mobile Streams Mr. Hudson took a senior executive role in building out new mobile and online distribution channels.
Mr. Hudson worked in marketing and distribution at Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema. At Warner Bros., he planned and executed marketing and marketing strategies for the launch of the patented, new DVD technology, under Warren Lieberfarb. While there, he also created and implemented promotional partnerships with numerous Fortune 500 companies including General Motors, Coca-¬‐Cola, and Nestle.
In between everything Mr. Hudson has produced a few films and documentaries.
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 creative agency, 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.
Chris Condon grew up on a steady diet of Monday Night Raw, Tales from the Crypt, and King Kong in Metuchen New Jersey. He spent his school days trekking through the swamps making movies with his friends and studying film the old fashioned way. He re-located to Los Angeles in late 2011 hoping to get paid to do the same thing he’d be doing anyway, and by luck or voodoo, ended up working for his hero Joe Dante here at Trailers From Hell.