Skip to main content

THE MOVIE ORGY (1968)

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 »

INNERSPACE (1987)

“If The ‘Burbs is a one-finger exercise on the themes of Rear Window, Innerspace is a big-budget remake of North by Northwest, with a script that is in many ways even better: certainly ... More »

GREMLINS (1984)

Never expose them to light. Never let them get wet. But, most of all, never, ever let them eat after midnight. ... E.T. goes Alien. Simple rules get easily broken in Dante's most famous horror-comedy ... More »

MATINEE (1993)

“In this funny, philosophical salute to B-movies and the B-Moguls who made them, Dante looks back fondly on growing up with the apocalypse always in your mind.” - Washington Post ... Genial ... More »

GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH (1990)

“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 »

HOMECOMING (2005)

“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 »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director