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, 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.