Joe Dante on

The Black Scorpion

Released 1957
Distributor Warner Bros.

“The management reserves the right to put up the lights any time the audience becomes too emotionally disturbed!” crowed the poster for this Mexico-set monster rally, which also urged to crowd “not to panic or bolt from your seats”. It’s doubtful the lights went on anywhere, but there may have been some snoring during the lulls between Willis O’Brien’s diverting stop-motion monster attacks.

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.