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Joe Dante interviewed on Pop My Culture

Joe Dante (director of “Gremlins,” “Innerspace,” “The Burbs” and many more beloved films of the 80s and 90s) chats with Cole and Vanessa about Snow White and the Huntsman, Chuck Jones, editing trailers for Roger Corman, Mogwai merchandising, Piranha, Dick Miller, the movie-going experience, Trailers From Hell, Matinee, practical effects vs. CGI, monsters, Widescreen, and the thrill of seeing “ghosts of Hollywood” in places around town.

Leave your answer to the firsts question (the first 3D movie you ever saw and what you thought about it) on our website for a chance to win a Gremlins DVD signed by Joe!

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Joe Dante with hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland
Signed Gremlins DVD giveaway - Director Joe Dante


  • Comment by Ryan Downey — June 11, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    Oh, AWESOME! I love Joe Dante.

    I wonder if he has heard that Hor-Riff-ic Productions riffed Gremlins. I helped write some of that, and it came out very well. You can tell they like the movie and are having fun with it.

    I think the first movie I ever watched in 3D was the rerelease of Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D. Loved the movie, still do. The 3D was very well done, even though it was a post-conversion. I think that’s because I heard they spent a loooong time on it to prove out the technology.

    Ryan (Darth Geek)

  • Comment by Scott Hardie — June 11, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    The first 3D movie I ever saw was ‘Into the Deep’ in Imax on a school trip, I remember it pretty well because two kids threw up and a teacher fell down the stairs trying to get one of them out of the cinema to clean him up.

    …I remember the movie being pretty cool too

  • Comment by Todd Dockery — June 11, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

    The first 3D movie I ever saw was Friday The 13th Part III-D, I was so excited to see this and was probably too young(I’m in my mid 30s now) but the film itself still ranks as one of my all time favorite horror films. My Mom took me to see this and she seemed to enjoy it, however the 3D did not work for me. Everyone was oooing and ahhhing except me. For whatever reason I never got to experience any of the 3D magic, and sadly, when I took the glasses off I couldn’t see the film very well either.

    It wouldn’t be until nearly 20 years later that any 3D movie would ever work for me. It wasn’t until Spy Kids 3D came out that I finally saw anything in 3D ever, it was part of a triple feature and it was magical, things really did come out from the screen and I tried to touch them. From that point onward I have enjoyed 3D films and they work for me, but for most of my life, I was denied the pleasure of seeing the eyeball scene from Friday The 13th III and having that bloody thing flying at my face.

  • Comment by Robert Allen — June 11, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

    Monsters vs Aliens,A Good Parody of classic Monster movies,and Alien movies,Galaxar is Hilarious.

  • Comment by Frank Farina — June 11, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    Well, first, I love Joe Dante. I nominated “Gremlins 2- the New Batch” for induction into the National Historic Film Registry. It’s the most cherished film experience of my life. (happened at 9 years old, all downhill since) When people ask what the ’80s were about, I show them the “New Batch.”
    As to my first 3-D experience: “Freddy’s Dead- the Final Nightmare.” Made the mistake of wearing the cardboard “Red & Blues” through the entire film, not just for the final showdown with Lisa Zane. Got a massive headache, not unlike the 3D experience 20 years later. Great Podcast with Mr. Dante!

  • Comment by Steven McPhail — June 11, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

    This is awesome timing, because I just watched Gremlins 2 with my fiancée a little over a week ago. She’d never seen it before, somehow! I forgot how much fun that movie was.

    The first 3-D movie I ever saw was The Three Stooges in Spooks. It was part of one of those 3-D specials that local TV stations ran ever so often… you’d go to 7-11, buy a Slurpee and get the free glasses. For some reason, this year it was a particularly big deal. They played some shorts beforehand, then the feature played. I can’t remember a lot of the details, but I clearly remember a bit where the mad scientist is about to inject a syringe into a gorilla, and that was probably the best 3-D gag in the movie. My brother and I still say, “When you wake up, you will be HUMAN!” to each other to this very day.

  • Comment by corinne — June 11, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

    I remember it was at this ridiculous Egyptian-themed movie theater in MD ( http://i.imgur.com/nkylZ.jpg ), and facebook tells me it was Jan. 2010, but I have no idea what we were actually there to see! The glasses sucked/were headache inducing, I know…

  • Comment by Tom Steele — June 11, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

    I really don’t remember much about the first 3D movie I saw. I’m pretty sure it was Gorilla at Large when I was about 8 years old on Tulsa’s local UHF channel. I remember the local Quik Trips gave away the red/blue 3D glasses, and I remember there was a Gorilla. I had to google to find the film. Anyway, I remember the promos leading up to the movie feature for weeks, a lot better than the movie itself. And of course, when it finally came I was disappointed. Ain’t that always the way?

  • Comment by Scott Hoben — June 11, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

    I think the first 3D movie I saw was probably Jaws 3. I don’t really remember much about it other than 3D movies were something I should steer clear of in the future. More recently, I got dragged off to see the Lorax, which for some reason my son insisted on seeing in 3D. The 3D was utterly pointless and gave me a headache to boot.

  • Comment by Markus — June 12, 2012 @ 5:02 am

    First 3D-picture? The 3D Michael Jackson Film in Disneyland France. Was alright but I was like 7 years old so could have been rubbish without me noticing. My mom was a little scared, though.

  • Comment by Steve — June 12, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

    The first 3d movie I ever saw was in the theater Spy-Kids 3-D. I liked it at the time, I was nine years younger than I am now (The movie came out in 2003. I was about six.), and at the time I enjoyed it. I revisited a few years ago and I realized it was garbage.
    But I still love Gremlins and Gremlins 2. Gremlins was my parents’ first date and is one of my favorite movies (It is #5. Just under Return of the Jedi and just above The Breakfast Club). I still have a Gizmo doll and every time I hear the song “Do You Hear What I Hear?” I turn around just to make sure a mogwi is not going to attack me.
    – Steve

  • Comment by Russ Never Sleeps — June 12, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

    Another great episode. Joe Dante was an awesome guest.

    The first 3D movie I ever saw was Dr. Tongue’s House of Cats on Monster Chiller Horror Theatre, but I couldn’t afford the $27 for the glasses. Come to think of it, it may actually have been Dr. Tongue’s 3D House of Stewardesses.

    But seriously, the first 3D movie I ever saw was Treasure of the Four Crowns — a terrible Raiders of the Lost Ark rip-off. You either had to get the blue-red glasses at 7-11 or they came in the TV Times.

  • Comment by Susie Turpin — June 12, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

    Jaws 3D was the first i saw in 3D. Seeing Jaws break through that glass was comical and cheesy, but I loved it all the same!

  • Comment by Mattamatics — June 15, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    I’m not sure what the actual first movie I saw in 3D was, but the first one I remember seeing in 3D was Avatar. Now, say what you will about the plot of that movie, it was frickin beautiful to look at. James Cameron created an engrossing, enveloping world, and it totally worked on me. My father-in-law once said that after he saw Star Wars for the first time, the credits rolled and he forgot he was in a movie, because the film had captivated him so much. Avatar was very much the same for me. I was so busy looking at all the little interesting details that I forgot where I was.

  • Comment by Troy Thomas — August 15, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    The first 3D film I ever saw, I don’t even remember the name of it, but it was a documentary about the history of NASCAR. The film itself was unremarkable, but there was a great shot of a tire bouncing off the track and coming right at the camera. It was awesome. By the way, this was the first episode I listened to, and I must say, I really like the show. Keep it up!

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