From here on out for Director polls, if they have have a big enough filmography to go past 10 voting slots, I'm going to do just one poll with nine of their most notable films, with the tenth option being "other" for the rest of their films. Reason for this is for say Martin Scorsese, I'd have to do three seperate threads, which is a lot of work and can be confusing as well.
This time I'm focusing on Joe Dante, who made a name for himself as a horror/fantasy specialist in the late 70's and 80's. He even had Spielberg's backing as producer on a couple of films, not too hard to see why, he has a similar talent for juggling darkness with more light hearted material.
Dante has mostly worked in television since 1993, with only three feature films made since then. The third, The Hole, has yet to be released in North America. It sounds like what Dante does best: kid oriented horror/fantasy. Good to have you back Joe.
Here's the rest of his filmography:
Hollywood Boulevard (1976) - Co-directed with Allan Arkush
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) - segments "Hairlooming", "Bull**** or Not", "Critic's Corner", "Roast Your Loved One" and "Reckless Youth"
Runaway Daughters (1994) - Made for TV
The Second Civil War (1997) - Made for TV
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
Trapped Ashes (2006) - "Wraparound" segment
I went with The Howling, with Gremlins a close second. What say you?
(Also check out Dante's website, Trailers From Hell, it's wicked.)