Joe Dante (1993)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This super coming-of-age saga from Joe Dante is a tender paean to growing up in the early 1960s, with the twin backdrops of nuclear bomb paranoia and "Atom Age" monster flicks. It's also a loving tribute to legendary producer/director William Castle, the schlock showman responsible for gimmick B-movies such as The Tingler and House on Haunted Hill. Charming John Goodman is the Castle clone launching his new giant insect horror film Mant in Key West during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and it's the contrast between fake movie scares and real-life ones that makes Dante's nostalgic inferno such an engaging delight.


A 1960s exploitation film producer premieres a horror movie about a dentist transformed into a monstrous human-ant hybrid at a Florida cinema, employing all manner of tricks to make the experience as real as possible, from vibrating seats to actors in monster costumes in the crowd. However, real horror seems on the horizon as the Cuban Missile Crisis rages outside. Comedy, starring John Goodman and Cathy Moriarty.

Cast & Crew

Lawrence Woolsey John Goodman
Ruth Corday / Carole Cathy Moriarty
Gene Loomis Simon Fenton
Stan Omri Katz
Sherry Kellie Martin
Sandra Lisa Jakub
Howard, theatre manager Robert Picardo
Anne Loomis Lucinda Jenney
Dennis Loomis Jesse Lee
Harvey Starkweather James Villemaire
Mr Spector Jesse White
Director Joe Dante
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains some swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray