Luke has been a film fan since first seeing Jurassic Park at the Odeon in Ipswich, UK back in ’93. The Odeon is gone but the doughy-eyed sense of idealism remains.

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We miss you at the theatre, Joe Dante. We know you haven’t gone anywhere. You’re still here on planet earth. But boy, do we miss you at the theatre.

We miss gremlins catapulting old ladies off a stairlift. We miss Mants (that’s a guy who’s part-man, part-ant) attacking a terrified cinema auditorium. We miss your wit, charm and panache when taking a delightful dump on Hollywood whenever you chose.

It’s been more than four years since Joe’s last theatrical feature, and the heady days of being handed studio budgets to tear up a set and see what’s left standing are long gone. But on the 30th anniversary of the UK theatrical release of his Tom Hanks gem The ‘burbs, we want to take this opportunity to relive some of the finest moments from Joe Dante, Hollywood Subversive.

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