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The Gamma People

Released 1956
Distributor Columbia

John Gilling’s odd Euro sci-fi-fantasy has pretty much slipped through the cracks since it was issued as a co-feature to the (pretty good) CIA-funded 1956 incarnation of 1984. This used to be a late night tv staple but today it’s missing in action even on homevideo. Politics, parody and horror collide in what still ranks as one of the oddest and least appreciated of all 50’s genre films, despite some engaging contributions by cast and crew.

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.