Director: Joe Dante
“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 anti-immigration winds sweeping the US, watching this epic political comedy feels like turning on the news. Produced by cable channel HBO and imbued with the ‘take no prisoners' spirit of Mad Magazine, this film presents a scenario that is both highly surreal and eminently believable.
After a nuclear blast hits their country, a plane-load of Pakistani orphans are shipped to Idaho to find a new home. But instead of opening his arms to the young refugees, the local governor shuts off the borders. From Washington, the president sends in the army - a Tower of Babel scenario further complicated by herds of TV reporters, old rivalries among decorated soldiers and an extramarital love affair.
"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 »
“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 D… More »