Bruce Gordon (actor)
Bruce Gordon was an American actor best known for playing gangster Frank Nitti in the ABC television series The Untouchables. His acting career ranged over a half century and included stage, a varied number of roles on the small screen. Gordon was born in Massachusetts, his first appearance on Broadway was in 1937 in the musical drama The Fireman’s Flame. From 1941-1945, he played the role of Officer Klein alongside Boris Karloff in the original cast of Arsenic and Old Lace on Broadway, he had an "Introducing" credit in the 1949 Marx Brothers film Love Happy. On television, he appeared in numerous episodes of such early programs as The Goldbergs, The Nash Airflyte Theater, Studio One, Kraft Television Theatre, Robert Montgomery Presents, The Californians and Decoy. In 1957, he guest starred on the ABC western series Tombstone Territory, starring Pat Conway and Richard Eastham, in the episode "Killer Without a Conscience". About this same time, he guest starred on Barry Sullivan's adventure/drama series, set in maritime New England.
In 1958, Gordon appeared in a memorable bit role as one of Jean Lafitte's pirates in Anthony Quinn's movie spectacle The Buccaneer, alongside a cast including Yul Brynner, Charlton Heston and Claire Bloom. He had a similar role in 1960 as the character Garnett in the episode "Forbidden Island" of the NBC western television series, starring Darren McGavin as the captain of the vessel, the Enterprise; the episode focuses on Cajun outlaws. In the 1958–1959 season, Gordon hosted and starred in nine of the twenty-six episodes of NBC's docudrama of the Cold War, Behind Closed Doors, based on the files and war-time experiences of Rear Admiral Ellis M. Zacharias. Gordon appeared in Man Without a Gun, starring Rex Reason. In 1958, he guest starred on the NBC western Jefferson Drum and on the same network's adventure series Northwest Passage, with co-stars Keith Larsen and Buddy Ebsen. Gordon's role was that of a sadistic prison official; the program was based on Kenneth Roberts' 1937 novel about Major Robert Rogers and his efforts to help the British during the French and Indian War.
That same year, Gordon was cast as Myers, the trigger man in the episode "The Stool Pigeon" of the syndicated series, U. S. Marshal, starring John Bromfield. In 1958, he guest starred in Robert Culp's western series, episode "The Mistake" as the character, Steve Marriner. Gordon made three guest appearances on Perry Mason. In 1959 he played murder victim Frank Thatcher in "The Case of Paul Drake's Dilemma," for which Mason's private detective Paul Drake was accused of the crime. In 1960 he played murder victim Judson Bailey in "The Case of the Loquacious Liar," and in 1964 he played Mr. Winlock in "The Case of the Blonde Bonanza." Gordon appeared twice in 1961 on ABC's Adventures in Paradise. His subsequent frequent, energetic performances as Capone-era mobster Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti in Desilu Productions' The Untouchables led to his being typecast as an darkly humorous'heavy' for the rest of his career. Stealing scenes from the stolid, humorless Eliot Ness, as portrayed by Robert Stack, his famous catch-phrase in The Untouchables was "You're dead!"
In 1959, Gordon starred, alongside Pernell Roberts, as Capt. Emil Tremaine in an episode of ABC's One Step Beyond entitled The Vision. In 1960–1961, Gordon appeared as "Mercer" in two episodes of NBC's Outlaws Western series starring Barton MacLane, he was cast at that time in the NBC anthology series, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, in the NBC sitcom, Car 54, Where Are You? In 1964, Gordon guest-starred in the episode "Between the Rats and the Finks" of CBS's drama series, Mr. Broadway, starring Craig Stevens, with fellow guest stars Larry Hagman and Dyan Cannon. From 1965 to 1968, Gordon appeared in several episodes of the long-running prime-time soap opera Peyton Place alongside actress Lee Grant as Gus Chernak, the alcoholic and vengeful father of Grant's character Stella Chernak. In 1966, Gordon costarred with trumpet player Jack Sheldon in the 16-segment CBS sitcom, Buddy, about the fictitious Buddy Overstreet, on the run from the mob after "Buddy" overhears "Mr. D", played by Gordon, plotting the murder of a fellow gangster.
In 1966, he and Robert Stack appeared together in an episode of The Lucy Show spoofing their roles from The Untouchables. In 1968, he played the security man in the "Sour Note" episode of It Takes A Thief, starring Robert Wagner, appeared, in early 1969, in the Here's Lucy episode "Lucy and the Ex-Con" with Wally Cox, his film credits included roles in The Buccaneer, Curse of the Undead, Key Witness, Roger Corman's Tower of London, Hello Down There and Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann. He worked with Corman again, playing the nasty Colonel Waxman in the cult classic Piranha, starring alongside Bradford Dillman and Kevin McCarthy. Gordon retired from acting after playing himself in the 1989 film Ernest Goes to Splash Mountain, though he was the executive producer of the Australian telefilm Feds: the Betrayal and producer of the US/Chinese fantasy martial arts film Warriors of Virtue: the Return to Tao in 2002. For a time, he operated a dinner-and-show restaurant in Scottsdale, called "Frank Nitti's Place", in the early 1980s, a pizza restaurant of the same name in Kansas City, Missouri.
He greeted patrons at the door in his typical pin stripe suit with a carnation in the lapel. In 2003, he was unable to attend the funeral of Untouchab
Richard Deacon (actor)
Richard Deacon was an American television and motion picture actor, best known for playing supporting roles in television shows such as The Dick Van Dyke Show, Leave It To Beaver, The Jack Benny Program along with minor roles in films like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. Deacon portrayed pompous, and/or imperious figures in film and television, he made appearances on The Jack Benny Program as a salesman and a barber, on NBC's Happy as a hotel manager. He had a brief role in Alfred Hitchcock's film The Birds as Mitch's neighbor who advises Melanie that Mitch has gone to Bodega Bay for the weekend, he played a larger role in the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers, as a physician in the "book-end" sequences added to the beginning and end of this film after its original previews. In Billy Wilder's 1957 film adaptation of Charles Lindbergh’s The Spirit of St. Louis, Deacon portrayed the chairman of the Columbia Aircraft Corporation, Charles A. Levine, who, in February 1927, refused to sell Lindbergh his company's acquired Bellanca monoplane for Lindbergh’s trans-atlantic flight unless his company could choose the pilot.
His best-known roles are milksop Mel Cooley on CBS's The Dick Van Dyke Show and Fred Rutherford on Leave It to Beaver, although Deacon played Mr. Baxter in the 1957 Beaver pilot episode "It's a Small World", he co-starred as Tallulah Bankhead's butler in a classic episode of The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour called "The Celebrity Next Door". Deacon played Roger Buell on the second season of TV's The Mothers-in-Law, having replaced Roger C. Carmel in the role, he played "Principal'Jazz-Bow' Conroy" in The Danny Thomas Show. He appeared in the 1960 Perry Mason episode The Case of the Red Riding Boots as Wilmer Beaslee. In Carousel, the film adaptation of the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein stage musical, Deacon had a bit role as the policeman who admonishes Shirley Jones and John Dehner about Gordon MacRae in the famous "bench scene", it was one of the few films in which he did not wear glasses, as were his roles in Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy, the 1954 costumer Désirée, where he played Jean Simmons' elder brother, an 18th-century Marseilles silk merchant.
Philadelphia-native Deacon played the role of Morton Stearnes' butler, George Archibald, whose courtroom testimony is a turning point in The Young Philadelphians, starring Paul Newman. He played an imbibing Justice of the Peace, Reverend Zaron, in the classic 1957 Budd Boetticher-directed western Decision at Sundown. Deacon appeared in many sitcoms, including It's a Great Life, The People's Choice, How to Marry a Millionaire, Guestward, Ho!, Pete and Gladys, The Donna Reed Show, The Real McCoys, Get Smart and The Rifleman. In episode 5 of the first 1964 season of The Munsters, "Pike's Pique", he plays a Water District Commissioner, Mr. Pike, buying the underground right to lay pipe. In The Addams Family, he administers Cousin Itt a battery of psychological tests in the May 1965 episode "Cousin Itt and the Vocational Counselor". In 1966, he appeared on The Pruitts of Southampton, he guest starred in the NBC family drama National Velvet, in the ABC/Warner Bros. crime drama Bourbon Street Beat, played Mr. Whipple on The Twilight Zone in the 1964 episode "The Brain Center at Whipple's".
In 1967, Deacon played Ralph Yarby, director of security for lumber baron D. J. Mulrooney, in Disney's The Gnome-Mobile. In 1968, he played Dean Wheaton in the Walt Disney film Blackbeard's Ghost, he was an occasional panelist in the 1970s/early 1980s versions of Match Game. In 1969, he co-starred on Broadway as Horace Vandergelder in the long-running musical Hello, Dolly!, reuniting him onstage with Diller, who played the musical's zany title character. In 1983, Deacon reprised his role of Fred Rutherford in the television movie Still the Beaver, a sequel to the TV series Leave it to Beaver, which aired from 1957 to 1963; when the television movie spawned a series of the same name on The Disney Channel, he was to reprise the role once again but passed away weeks before the series began production. In 1984, Deacon had a cameo role in the teen comedy film Bad Manners. Although he was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he and his family moved to Binghamton, New York, living on the West Side, he attended West Junior High and Binghamton Central High School, where he met fellow Binghamton resident Rod Serling.
During World War II, he served in the Army medical corps and upon completion returned to Binghamton in 1946 where he resumed living with his parents and securing in occupations such as a laboratory technician and an intern at Binghamton General Hospital. He attended Ithaca College first as a medical student but found an interest in acting, partaking in doing nighttime radio announcing. According to academic writers David L. Smith and Sean Griffin, Deacon was gay, was among "a number of actors and actresses who were closeted homosexuals" working in Hollywood and employed on Disney films. Deacon was a gourmet chef in addition to working as an actor. In the 1970s and 1980s, he wrote a series of cookbooks and hosted a Canadian television series on microwave oven cooking, he never married. His New York Times obituary, published on Augus
Piranha 3D is a 2010 American 3D comedy horror film that serves as a loose remake of the horror film Piranha and an entry in the Piranha film series. It was directed by Alexandre Aja and has an ensemble cast featuring Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Jerry O'Connell, Ving Rhames, Steven R. McQueen, Jessica Szohr, Christopher Lloyd, Richard Dreyfuss, Dina Meyer, Kelly Brook, Riley Steele and Eli Roth. A sequel, Piranha 3DD, was released in 2012. Fisherman Matt Boyd is fishing in Lake Victoria when a small earthquake hits, splitting the lake floor and causing a whirlpool. Boyd falls in, is ripped apart by a school of piranhas that emerge from the chasm. Jake Forester is admiring attractive tourists, he reunites with his old crush Kelly and meets her arrogant boyfriend, Todd Dupree, who soaks Jake with a slush drink. Jake meets Derrick Jones, a sleazy pornographer, as well as Danni, one of his actresses. Derrick convinces Jake to show him good spots on the lake for filming a pornographic movie; that night, Jake's mother, Sheriff Julie Forester, searches for the missing Matt Boyd with Deputy Fallon.
They contemplate closing the lake. However, this decision is made difficult as two-thousand partying college students are on spring break, important for bringing revenue to the small town; the next morning, a lone cliff diver is consumed by the vicious, marauding piranhas. Jake bribes his sister and brother, Zane, to stay home alone so that he can show Derrick around the lake. After Jake leaves, Zane convinces Laura to go fishing on a small sandbar island, they are stranded in the middle of the lake. Meanwhile, Jake goes to meet with Derrick and runs into Kelly, who accepted Derrick's invitation on board his boat, The Barracuda. Jake meets his cameraman Andrew. Julie takes a team of seismologist divers—Novak and Paula to the fissure. Novak speculates. Paula and Sam scuba dive to the bottom and discover a large cavern filled with large piranha egg stocks. Both are killed by the piranhas. Novak and Julie find Paula's corpse and pull it onto the boat, capturing a lone piranha, which they take to Carl Goodman, a retired marine biologist who runs a pet store and aquarium shop.
He explains that it is a aggressive prehistoric species, long believed to be extinct, that the piranhas have survived through cannibalism. The species is able to vigorously devour its prey in seconds. Julie, Novak and Deputy Taylor Roberts try to evacuate the lake, but their warnings are ignored, until the piranhas begin to fiercely attack the tourists. Novak boards a jet-ski with a shotgun to help while Fallon drags people to shore, Julie and Taylor try to get swimmers into the police boat. Everyone in the lake is either wounded, dismembered, or killed by the piranhas, including Todd; the remaining tourists escape as the party spot turns into a bloodbath. Meanwhile, Jake forces Derrick to rescue them. Derrick crashes the boat into some rocks, flooding the boat's lower deck and causing the boat to begin sinking. Kelly is trapped in the kitchen while Derrick and Andrew fall overboard from the impact of the collision. Crystal is eaten, while Danni manages to get a eaten Derrick back on board, where he dies.
Deputy Fallon makes a last stand, taking a boat motor and using its propeller to shred many piranhas, though he is presumed to be killed by the piranhas. After the chaos settles, Julie receives a call from Jake pleading for help. Julie and Novak steal a head off towards the kids, they attach a rope to his boat. Julie, Danni and Zane start crossing the rope, but the piranhas latch onto Danni's hair, causing her to lose her grip on the rope and fall into the water, where she is devoured; the others make it across safely. Using Derrick's corpse as a distraction, Jake goes to save Kelly, he ties lights a flare after releasing the gas from a pair of stored propane tanks. Novak speeds away just as the piranhas surround Kelly and Jake, they are dragged to safety as the propane tanks explode, destroying the boat and killing most of the piranhas. Mr. Goodman calls Julie on the radio, Julie tells him that they seem to have killed the majority of the piranhas. A horrified Goodman tells her that the reproductive glands on the piranha they obtained were not mature, which means that the fish they have killed were only the babies.
As Novak wonders aloud where the parents are, a human-sized adult piranha leaps out of the water and eats him. Richard Dreyfuss said that he accepted the role after Bob Weinstein persuaded him by offering him a larger salary, which Dreyfuss donated to charity. Dreyfuss stated that the ill-fated character he plays is a parody and a near-reincarnation of Matt Hooper, the character he portrayed in the film Jaws, with whom his character shares the same first name. Jaws served as inspiration for the parody film entitled Piranha; the song the character in Piranha 3D listens to on the radio on his boat is "Show Me the Way to Go Home", which Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw sing together aboard Quint's boat the Orca in Jaws. Eli Roth, Ashlynn Brooke, Bonnie Morgan, Genevieve Alexandra and Gianna Michaels appear as spring breakers who meet gruesome demises, while Franck Khalfoun and Jason Spisak portray deputies. Chuck Russell was scheduled to direct the film, made uncredited rewrites to the script by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger, as well as incorporating the orig
The terms special edition, limited edition, variants such as deluxe edition, or collector's edition, are used as a marketing incentive for various kinds of products published products related to the arts, such as books, video games or recorded music and films, but now including clothing, fine wine, whisky, among other products. A limited edition is restricted in the number of copies produced, although in fact the number may be low or high. Suzuki defines limited edition products as those “sold in a state that makes them difficult to obtain because of companies limiting their availability to a certain period, region, or channel". A special edition implies; the term is used on DVD film releases when the so-called "special" edition is the only version released. Collector's edition may just be another term for special edition and limited edition products that include additional features or items that regular versions do not have. Speaking about books, collector's edition products may refer to books in special limited and numbered editions, sometimes hand-bound, signed by the artist and containing one or more original works or prints produced directly from their work and printed under their supervision.
Whatever these extra features or items are, they must represent additional value to collectors of these products. Popular culture employs Special, Deluxe and Limited Edition in marketing, releasing subsequent, improved versions of film DVDs, video games. Companies use special editions and incremental improvements to sell the same products to consumers multiple times; this has been seen in the 10th Anniversary edition of Titanic, which consists of the first two discs of the previous Special Collector's edition, only with new packaging, on CD with the 30 Year Anniversary Edition of Bob Marley's Exodus, which has the same content as the original album, but in new packaging. In many cases, successful film releases have had items made in limited numbers; these "limited editions" contain the best DVD edition possible of a film with special items in a box set, sometimes containing items available only in the limited edition. Items marked thus are released for a shorter time and in lower quantity than common editions with a running number printed on the products to boost the rarity feel, as the company implies not to manufacture more.
It is common to have such items packaged with unique designs. With the success of DVDs, special editions of films themselves have become common. Sharing similarities with the concept of a director's cut; these feature additional in-movie material. The material may be footage deleted from the final cut, or new digitally-created, interpolated content. Unlike true director's cuts, the directors may not have had part in such projects, such as in Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, in which Richard Donner did not help create the new version, just supply the material; the Doctor Who television movie The Five Doctors was edited, amongst various other changes, to make the "Special Edition" in 1999 for the first DVD release of the episode. Limited edition prints known as LEs, have been standard in printmaking from the nineteenth century onwards. A limit to the print run is crucial, as many traditional printmaking techniques can only produce a limited number of best quality impressions; this can be as few as ten or twenty for a technique like drypoint, but more would be in the low hundreds - print runs of over a thousand are regarded as dubious by the serious art market for original prints though with many techniques there is no loss of quality.
Edition sizes higher than about 500 are to be of print reproductions of paintings, of much less value, though some modern techniques blur this traditional distinction. As in other fields, the use of the concept has become driven by marketing imperatives, has been misused in parts of the market. In particular, photogravure and giclee reproductions of prints, derived from photographs of an original print, which are most unlikely to have any investment value, are issued in limited editions implying that they will have such value; these need to be distinguished from the original artist's print produced directly from his work, printed under the artist's supervision. In UK and New Zealand the Fine Art Trade Guild ensures the quality and verification of limited edition prints by employing a number of administered regulations for all processes and aspects related to them. In the United States limited editions are regulated under state consumer protections laws. California became the first state to regulate the sale of limited edition art prints with the "California Print Law" of 1971.
The state of Illinois expanded on the California statute. However, it was not until 1986 that more comprehensive provisions, still in place today, were enacted with the passage of the "Georgia Print Law"; that law became the template for statutes subsequently enacted by other states.. The Georgia Print Law written by State Representative Chesley V. Morton, became effective July 1, 1986; the law requires art dealers, artists, or auctioneers to supply information to perspective purchasers about the nature of the print, the number of prints and editions produced, the involvement of the artist in the creation of the print. The penalty for violation of the law ranges from simple reimbursement to treble damages, in the case of
Comedy horror is a literary and film genre that combines elements of comedy and horror fiction. Comedy horror has been described as able to be categorized under three types: "black comedy and spoof." It crosses over with the black comedy genre. Comedy horror can parody or subtly spoof horror clichés as its main source of humour or use those elements to take a story in a different direction, for example in The Cabin in the Woods or Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. Author Bruce G. Hallenbeck cites the short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving as "the first great comedy horror story"; the story made readers "laugh one moment and scream the next", its premise was based on mischief found during the holiday Halloween. Horror and comedy have been associated with each other since the early days of horror novels. Shortly after the publication of Frankenstein, comedic parodies appeared. Edgar Allan Poe put humor and horror on the same continuum, many nineteenth century authors used black humor in their horror stories.
Author Robert Bloch called them "opposite sides of the same coin". In comedy horror film, gallows humor is a common element. While comedy horror films provide scares for audiences, they provide something that dramatic horror films do not: "the permission to laugh at your fears, to whistle past the cinematic graveyard and feel secure in the knowledge that the monsters can't get you". In the era of silent film, the source material for early comedy horror films came from stage performances instead of literature. One example, The Ghost Breaker, was based on a 1909 play, though the film's horror elements were more interesting to the audience than the comedy elements. In the United States following the trauma of World War I, film audiences sought to see horror on screen but tempered with humor; the "pioneering" comedy horror film was One Exciting Night, written and produced by D. W. Griffith, who noticed the stage success of the genre and foresaw a cinematic translation. While the film included blackface performances, Griffith included footage of a hurricane for a climactic storm.
As an early experiment, the various genres were not well-balanced with horror and comedy, films improved the balance and took more sophisticated approaches. Charles Bramesco of Vulture.com identifies Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein as the first commercially successful comedy horror film. Its success established it as commercially viable. List of comedy horror films List of genres Zombie comedy – a subgenre involving zombies Hallenbeck, Bruce G.. Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914–2008. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 0-7864-3332-9. Och, Dana. Transnational Horror Across Visual Media: Fragmented Bodies. Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies. Taylor & Francis. Pp. 201–208. ISBN 978-1-136-74484-6. Carroll, Noël. "Horror and Humor". Beyond Aesthetics: Philosophical Essays. Cambridge University Press. Pp. 235–253
Piranha 3DD is a 2012 American 3D comedy horror film. A sequel to the 2010 film Piranha 3D, it is part of the Piranha film series and was directed by John Gulager from a screenplay by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, it stars Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, David Koechner, Chris Zylka, Katrina Bowden, Gary Busey, Christopher Lloyd and David Hasselhoff. Production began on April 27, 2011 with a release scheduled for November 23, 2011, but a month prior to release, the date was revised, the film was released in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2012, the United States on June 1, 2012. A year after the massacre on Lake Victoria by prehistoric piranhas, an eradication campaign has left the lake uninhabitable, the town itself has been abandoned as a result of the lake drying up. Meanwhile, at Cross Lake, two farmers search the waters to recover the body of a dead cow. Piranha eggs that have been laid inside the cow hatch, the farmers are killed by the swarm, but before they both die, one farmer pops out of the water, bites the head off one of the piranhas and spits it into the air before sinking back into the water.
Marine biology student Maddy returns home for the summer to the waterpark. She finds to her horror that the other co-owner, her stepfather Chet, plans to add an adult-themed section to the waterpark with "water-certified strippers", re-open it as "Big Wet". At a party at the waterpark that night, Maddy encounters several old acquaintances, including her policeman ex-boyfriend Kyle and Barry, who has secretly had a crush on her since grade school, she runs into two of her close friends and Shelby. Shelby and her boyfriend Josh go skinny-dipping in the lake, where a piranha makes its way inside her vagina. Meanwhile and her boyfriend Travis begin to have sex in their van, but Ashley accidentally trips the handbrake with her foot, causing the van to roll into the lake. Handcuffed to the van during foreplay and unable to escape, Travis is devoured while Ashley, on the roof of the van, calls for help. With no one around to hear her cries, the van sinks into the lake and she is eaten alive by the killer fish.
The next day, Maddy is consoling Shelby about their missing friends. While sitting on a jetty, they are both attacked by a swarm of piranhas, they manage to kill one, Maddy and Barry take it to marine expert Carl Goodman to examine. He informs them that the piranhas may be moving via sewage pipes and underground rivers between lakes, attracted by chemicals involved in swimming pool cleansers that match their spawning routes. However, the wider world wouldn't listen to his theory that the fish could evolve to become terrain-viable; the trio return to the lake, where they establish that the piranhas cannot make their way into the outflow pipes connecting the lake and the waterpark. While Shelby and Josh are having sex, the piranha in Shelby's vagina bites Josh's penis, forcing him to chop the organ off with a knife. Both survive. Kyle is revealed to be corrupt and taking bribes from Chet, secretly pumping water from an underground river into the waterpark, lowering his costs and boosting his profits.
Chet orders Kyle to keep Maddy from finding out about his nefarious plans. "Big Wet" opens the next day. Among the first guests are Deputy Fallon, who survived his previous ordeal with the piranhas but lost his legs, former cameraman Andrew Cunningham. While the duo attempts to overcome their fear of the water after they were attacked a year ago, David Hasselhoff makes an appearance as himself, a celebrity lifeguard. Discovering the connection between the park and the underground river, Maddy attempts to shut the waterpark down, but is stopped by Chet and Kyle; the piranhas make their way to the area and attack, killing many of the lifeguards and waterpark-goers. Fallon attaches a shotgun prosthesis to his legs in order to save the visitors, while Hasselhoff, after rescuing a small boy named David, is pleased that he has become a real lifeguard and seems to be nonchalant and unfazed by the bloodbath around him. In the chaos, Chet refuses to help any survivors, including Kiki, eaten by the fish.
He reluctantly offers some cash to a young girl whose mother is dead, but accidentally reverses over her with his golf cart. As he attempts to drive off to safety, Chet is decapitated by a hanging cable when he is distracted by a fleeing woman in a bikini. Maddy instructs Barry to begin draining the pools. After Kyle refuses to save her because of his fear of piranhas, despite being unable to swim, Barry leaps down and brings her to the surface, whereupon Maddy is revived, she and Barry kiss. Another employee, Big Dave, pours pure chlorine into the pipes, followed by a lit joint; the resulting explosion kills most of the piranhas. The celebrations are cut short, when Maddy takes a phone call from a horrified Mr. Goodman, who informs them that the escaped piranha are evolving and are now able to move on land, to which Maddy replies that she knows; the film ends as a piranha emerges from the pool and decapitates David, leading Hasselhoff to quip "Little ginger moron", while the surviving visitors pick up their phones and take pictures of the dead child while the credits roll.
In a post-credits scene, Hasselhoff is running on a beach holding a trident, advertising a film titled Fishhunter. Danielle Panabaker as
Joseph James Dante Jr. is an American film director, producer and actor. His films—notably Gremlins —often mix fantastical storylines with comedic elements. Dante's films include Piranha, The Howling, Innerspace, The'Burbs, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Small Soldiers, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, his work for television and cable includes immigration satire The Second Civil War and episodes of anthology series Masters of Horror and Amazing Stories, as well as Hawaii Five-0. Dante grew up in nearby Livingston, his father, Joseph James Dante, was a professional golfer, though Dante was more interested in becoming a cartoonist. Dante began his film career working for legendary, low-budget producer Roger Corman, who provided similar opportunities to future directors Francis Ford Coppola and James Cameron, he made The Movie Orgy in 1968. He worked as an editor on Grand Theft Auto after co-directing Hollywood Boulevard with Allan Arkush, his next feature film, Roger Corman-produced Piranha, was released in 1978.
Inspired by Steven Spielberg's Jaws, the film was written by John Sayles. Dante invited Sayles to rewrite the script for werewolf tale The Howling, loosely based on the novel by Gary Brandner. Dante directed episodes of cult television series Police Squad!, before Steven Spielberg invited him to join the directing team on anthology movie Twilight Zone: The Movie. Dante's segment,'It's a Good Life', featured cartoon-style special effects, revolved around a woman who is'adopted' by an omnipotent boy. Gremlins proved one of Dante's biggest hits to date. Combining horror and comedy elements, the film revolves around Billy Peltzer, given a strange creature he calls Gizmo as a pet. After Billy fails to follow the rules for looking after Gizmo, the creature spawns other creatures, which transform into destructive monsters who begin rampaging through the local town. Six years passed before Dante directed the more anarchic Gremlins 2: The New Batch, set this time in a New York high rise. Aside from the Gremlins films, Dante worked with producer Steven Spielberg on comedy adventure Innerspace, in which Dennis Quaid's character is miniaturised and injected inside a human body.
His 1985 boys meet alien tale Explorers marked the film debuts of actors River Phoenix and Ethan Hawke. Dante would work with Tom Hanks on The'Burbs, a black comedy in which Hanks' character deals with nightmare neighbours. In 1993 Dante directed Matinee. Set during the 1960s, the film pays homage to the showmen who made and promoted them. Matinee has a 91 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In his review for the Chicago Reader, Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote, "At the same time that Dante has a field day brutally satirizing our desire to scare ourselves and others, he re-creates early-60s clichés with a relish and a feeling for detail that come close to love". USA Today reviewer Mike Clark wrote "Part spoof, part nostalgia trip and part primer in exploitation-pic ballyhoo, Matinee is a sweetly resonant little movie-lovers' movie". Dante was creative consultant on short-lived fantasy series Eerie and directed five episodes, he played himself in the series finale. In 1995–1996 he worked on The Phantom; when he was removed from the film, he chose screen credit rather than pay.
Dante directed Looney Tunes: Back in Action. A box office bomb, the film received mixed reviews. In 2007, Dante launched the web series Trailers From Hell, which provides commentary by directors and screenwriters on trailers for classic and cult movies, he is a contributor to the website. Dante's 2009 film The Hole received positive reviews, was awarded the Premio Persol at the 2009 Venice Film Festival; the new award was for the "3-D feature deemed the most creative among those produced globally between September 2008 and August 2009."With Roger Corman producing, Dante directed the interactive web series Splatter for Netflix. The series stars Corey Feldman as a rock star seeking revenge on those. In November 2011 it was announced that Dante would direct a thriller called "Air Disturbance" starring Robert Englund and Dylan Walsh. Various projects Dante is involved in are struggling with funding for years, among them the anthology film "Paris, I'll kill you", the werewolf feature "Monster Love", the Roger Corman biopic "The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes".
In 2014, Dante made Burying the Ex, a horror comedy about a young man whose controlling girlfriend dies in a freak accident but when he tries to move on with his life along with his new partner he discovers that his now undead Ex has come back. The film stars Ashley Greene, it was selected to be screened out of competition at the 71st Venice International Film Festival, was released in 2015. As of 2015, he is a member of the board of advisers for the Hollywood Horror Museum. Dante served as executive producer on the independent feature length thriller Dark, starring Whitney Able and Alexandra Breckenridge, directed by Nick Basile; the film is set in New York City during the 2003 blackout. The film was released by Screen Media Films on June 7, 2016. Dante developed a stock company of actors. Dick Miller, for example, has been in all of Dante's feature films and most of his television work, while Belinda Balaski, Archie Hahn, Robert Picardo come in at close second and fourth, with one l