Director: Joe Dante
“There will be no mercy.” - major Chip Hazard
It's the ruthless, armed to the teeth, grotesquely macho Commando Elite versus the noble, cowardly, freakish Gorgonites in the third chapter of Dante's war trilogy (after Matinee and The Second Civil War).
In this epic conflict between toys - some programmed to kill, others to run and hide - can be found all of Dante's major themes, his politics and obsessions. With hints of Gulliver's Travels and an army of mutant Barbie dolls straight out of Bride of Frankenstein, Small Soldiers is Dante's most moving tribute to the endless powers of imagination.
“Dante's unpretentious fantasy romps have more to say about the American psyche, pop culture and the ideology of violence than anything dreamed up by Steve Spielberg or George Lucas.” - Chicago Reader
"Ulmer was nothing if not a self-inventor - by his own fantastic account, he created the first dolly and worked on every major film to come out of Weimar Germany, handily listing himself as an uncred… More »
A peculiar looking spaceship lands in the Australian outback. On closer inspection it appears to be disguised as a 1940's roadside diner and staffed by a time travelling alien clearly brought up on a… More »
In American movies, nasty things often lurk beneath the calm surface of the American small town. With the help of David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks), Joe Dante (Gremlins) and David Thomson (Suspec… More »
Blood! Breasts! Beasts! A brutal orgy of ghastly terror! ... Busty babes, mutated monsters and midget secret agents, the Filipino genre films of the 70s and 80s had it all. Saturating drive-ins aroun… More »
“The movie is smarter, wilder and more unfettered than the original Gremlins.” - New Yorker ... The Gremlins go to Manhattan in this brilliantly hyperbolic follow up the 1984 classic, which also … More »