Skip to main content


USA, 1968 (MIFF 2010, Dante's Inferno)

Director: Joe Dante

“Everything in my subsequent work comes from The Movie Orgy.” - Joe Dante

Inspired by Susan Sontag's well known essay ‘Notes on Camp', as well as the very successful rerelease of the 1943 serial Batman, The Movie Orgy is a mind-boggling patchwork of 50s, 60s and 70s television and cinema, conceived by Joe Dante as a film student in Philadelphia.

Only one print of The Movie Orgy was ever made - a hand-spliced, cultural potpourri, constantly evolving as updated by Dante and Jon Davison. It toured through US colleges, playing to whacked-out students and mystified cinephiles.

Whittled down from its original seven-hour running time to four-and-a-half, this is a true piece of film folklore - a rare cinematic treat for film geeks, and (for the baby boomers among us) a slightly skewed trip down memory lane.

D Joe Dante TD digibeta/1968

See also...

PIRANHA (1978)

“What about the goddamn piranhas?” ... “They are eating the guests, sir.” ... A secret government plan involving flesh-eating fish causes havoc when, from a secluded secret pool, the leathal ... More »


\You've got a gateway to hell under your house… and that is really cool.\" ... More »

It's a Good Life (1983)

“Something like an off-Broadway cartoon designed by Chuck Jones.” - Joe Dante ... Beware of seemingly sweet kids who ask you to drive them home and then invite you in to meet their family… ... More »


“This is a horror story because most characters are Republicans.” - Joe Dante ... “If I had one wish, I would wish for your son to come back,” says an oily political consultant to the mother ... More »


“In the years since we made this movie, virtually every element has emerged in the headlines. It never seems to date.” - Joe Dante ... Over 10 years after its release, with strong ... 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 »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director