Joe Dante on

This Island Earth

Released 1955
Distributor Universal

One of the bigger interplanetary spectacles of the 50s, and one of the last films shot in 3-strip Technicolor, Universal’s “Supreme Excitement of Our Time” brought out the sense of wonder in a generation of cold war tykes while scaring them half to death with the unlikely but cool “Mutants”: “similar to the insect life on your own planet, but larger of course.”

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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.