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Bride of the Gorilla

Released 1955
Distributor Banner Productions

“A blonde beauty and a savage beast alone in the jungle! Her clothes torn away screaming in terror! Her marriage vows were more than fulfilled!” Get the picture? Intentions were initially somewhat higher for this ten-day jungle potboiler from the producer of Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla. A pretty good cast (including a very young and awkward Woody Strode) tries its best to overcome the lurid title and quickie production values and almost succeeds.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career.  He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Innerspace, Matinee, Small Soldiers, The ‘burbs and the 3-D thriller titled The Hole, first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival. His TV directing work includes:  the HBO film, The Second Civil War, the “Masters of Horrors” titles,  Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, episodes of Eerie, Indiana , which he was in on the creation of, as well as episodes of CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0 and Salem. His latest feature, the zom-com Burying the Ex, is currently available on VOD.