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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, Innerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Piranha, Matinee, The ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in Action, The Hole (first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival) and the zom-com Burying the Ex. His TV directing work includes: Police Squad, Amazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, Indiana, CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0, Witches of East End, Legends of Tomorrow and Salem. His latest big screen credit is an episode of the upcoming Nightmare Cinema.