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Valley of the Dragons

Released 1961
Distributor Columbia

During the 50s and 60s the continuous boxoffice success of such big budget Jules Verne adaptations as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth led to a number of low rent Verne ripoffs, few more impoverished than this ridiculous quickie from the Columbia Pictures B-unit, an early pioneer in recycling. Sets, props, costumes and stock footage from other movies mark it as one of the least original sci fi pics of the era. In Monstascope!

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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 BatchInnerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The HowlingPiranhaMatineeThe ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in ActionThe 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 SquadAmazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, IndianaCSI: NYHawaii 5-0Witches of East EndLegends of Tomorrow and Salem. His most recent big screen credit is an episode of the anthology film Nightmare Cinema. Joe is also the frequent co-host of Trailers From Hell’s official podcast, The Movies That Made Me, available everywhere podcasts are streamed and downloaded!

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