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Born: November 28, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Livingston, New Jersey, USA Profession: Director ...
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Director (feature film)

1.
Burying the Ex (2014)
Max has second thoughts about his relationship with Evelyn when they move in together. When Evelyn dies, he wants to move on with Olivia, but Evelyn rises from the dead to get him back.
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3.
Hole, The (2009)
Two brothers uncover a mysterious hole in the basement of their new home that appears to be a supernatural portal with the ability to release their worst nightmares.
4.
Trapped Ashes (2006)
Seven strangers are trapped inside an infamous 'House of Horrors' during a Hollywood movie studio tour and forced to tell their most terrifying personal stories to get out alive.
5.
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) as Director
Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are up to their feudin' ways again. Tired of playing second fiddle to Bugs, Daffy has decided to leave the Studio for good. He is aided by Warner Bros.' humor impaired Vice President of Comedy, Kate Houghton, who releases him from his contract and instructs WB security guard/aspiring stuntman DJ Drake to capture and "escort" Daffy off the studio lot. (In other words, he's fired and tossed out on his tail feathers.) Suddenly a sidekick without a hero, the duck decides to ally himself with DJ, whether he likes it or not. Consequently, Daffy is on the scene when DJ discovers that his famous movie star father Damian Drake, known for playing suave international spies onscreen, is actually a suave international spy in real life--and has been kidnapped by the nefarious Mr. Chairman of the equally nefarious Acme Corporation. It seems that Damian knows the whereabouts of the mysterious and powerful Blue Monkey Diamond, and the Chairman will do anything to get his hands on it. With Daffy in tow, DJ hits the road in a desperate attempt to outrace the evil Acme stooges to the diamond and save the world from their evil clutches. Unbeknownst to the two neo-spies, they are also being followed by VP Kate and Bugs--the studio brass has decided that the rabbit needs a comic foil after all, and Kate's job is on the line if she can't get Daffy back to work ASAP. Their chase sends the foursome around the globe to meet up with various undercover operatives, from Dusty Tails, a showgirl at Yosemite Sam's glitzy Las Vegas casino, to Mother, the stern but loving caretaker of the various otherworldly creatures housed at Area 52--a location so extraordinarily top secret that Area 51 was invented just to hide it. Then it's off to the lights of Paris and the treasures of the Louvre, and finally into the deepest jungles of Africa, where they must beat the dastardly Chairman to the deadly diamond--or it's "That's all, folks!" for the world as we know it.
6.
Small Soldiers (1998) as Director
In the small suburban town of Winslow Corners, Ohio, life is quiet, people are friendly, and action figures are only toys. Then again, don't judge an action figure by its box. Meet the Commando Elite--action figures with an attitude. To them, everything else is just a toy...including the unsuspecting suburbanites of Winslow Corners who have somehow found themselves allied with the Commando's sworn enemies: the Gorgonites. The monstrous-looking but noble Gorgonites want only to hide from the Commandos long enough to find the lost island of Gorgon. Unfortunately, the Commando Elite is not interested in truces or negotiations...and they don't take prisoners.
7.
Warlord: Battle For the Galaxy, The (1998) as Director
Renegade swashbuckler Heenoc Xian joins forces with former enemy and fellow adventurer Justin Thorpe to do battle against the Engineers, an alien race seeking to dominate the galaxy and create a universe without families. Justin's sister Nova has been kidnapped by the Engineers. Heenon Xian agrees t
8.
Second Civil War, The (1997) as Director
Set in the not-too-distant future, the Governor of Idaho decides to close his state's borders when a planeload of orphaned refugees from Pakistan are heading that way. Fed up with immigration policies that have transformed the nation into a tumultuous melting pot, the Governor vows to keep the American way of life intact and even threatens to secede from the Union if the federal government responds to his blockade with force. The White House responds with a 67-hour deadline for lifting the blockade. As anarchy reigns in the streets, a news service goes behind the scenes to cover what could be the news event of the century.
9.
Runaway Daughters (1994) as Director
Afraid she is pregnant, a girl sets out with two pals to find her boyfriend, who has gone to join the navy.
10.
Matinee (1993) as Director
Comedy set in Key West, Florida, about a group of teenagers who frequent a Saturday movie matinee during the time of the Cuban missile crisis.
11.
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) as Director
Chaos results when a developer levels the building which housed a purveyor of Gremlins.
12.
'Burbs, The (1989) as Director
A suburban father decides to stay home for a peaceful summer vacation, but his plans are shattered when a weird family moves in next door.
13.
Amazon Women On The Moon (1987) as Director ("Hairlooming" "Bullshit Or Not" "Critics Corner" "Roast Your Loved One" "Reckless Youth")
An astonishing number of cameos pepper this spoof targeting a local TV station's airing of '50s sci-fi B-movie, complete with film scratches, take-offs of TV commercials, and spots for upcoming TV series.
14.
Innerspace (1987) as Director
15.
Explorers (1985) as Director
Ben is obsessed with monster movies on late night television, reading comic books about space, and playing an arcade game with fighting space ships in his bedroom. Ben's best friend Wolfgang is a budding scientific genious, and when Ben describes a dream he had about the two of them flying in a spacecraft , Wolfgang creates a computer program that enables them to make such a machine. The boys take off to another galaxy and learn that things are more similar to home than they imagined.
16.
Gremlins (1984) as Director
A wholesome, All-American town is turned upside-down, when "gremlins"--some impish little creatures--are accidentally unleashed and wreck havoc.
17.
Twilight Zone--The Movie (1983) as Director ("It'S A Good Life")
Four separate stories in one movie. First a racist businessman gets the tables turned on him when he is transported back in time to being persued by Nazis in 1940s France, becomes an African-American at a KKK rally in the 1950s South, and and then a Vietnamese in 1960s Vietnam. The second story centers around an old man who makes the wishes of residents at a retirement home come true when he transforms them into youthful versions of themselves. In the third story a young woman on the road gives a ride to a little boy and ends up trapped with other people in an alternate reality created by the boy's imagination. And in the final story a man on a plane sees, but cannot convince anyone else that a mysterious creature is on the outside wing of the plane trying to sabotage the aircraft.
18.
Howling, The (1981) as Director
After taking part in a risky police operation intended to trap a serial murderer, Karen White witnesses something horrifying enough to trigger selective amnesia. Consumed by a series of violent nightmares, she decides to admit herself to a recovery center, but the other occupants may not be what they seem.
19.
Piranha (1978) as Director
When insurance investigator Maggie McKeown is sent to find two missing teenagers who were hiking near Lost River Lake, she hires a local man named Paul Grogan to be her guide in the area. The two come across an abandoned military facility whose only resident if Dr. Robert Hoak, who was formerly in charge of a secret project to breed piranha to be used in the Vietnam War. Although the project has been defunct for years, Hoak continued to raise the killer fish. When the doctor is knocked out, Maggie and Paul accidentally release the fish into a river that feeds into a lake which is used as a children's summer camp and a new tourist resort. Maggie and Paul try to warn the local citizens, and are met with skepticism until the piranha begin to attack.
20.
Hollywood Boulevard (1976) as Director
Joe Dante directs this story of the glamour, the glitter, the magical allure of Hollywood... and not a speck of it rubs off on Miracle Pictures, where "If it's a good picture, it's a Miracle." This is a hilarious tribute to the unsung heroes who grind out the B movies massacred by critics, but nursed fondly in the hearts of film fans everywhere.

Cast (feature film)

21.
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)
The story of B-movie king Roger Corman and how he influenced Hollywood through his films and the filmmakers he has mentored. Interviewees include Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Ron Howard, and Jonathan Demme.
22.
Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2011)
A portrait of the wild and unruly world of genre filmmaking in the Philippines when the country was a back-lot for a bevy of B-movie mavericks and cinema visionaries.
23.
American Grindhouse (2010)
Explores the hidden history of the American exploitation film. Despite being an often overlooked genre, exploitation cinema has left an indelible mark on American culture. Here, the shameless and occassionally shocking origins of the genre are revealed as well as its principles and popularity that e
24.
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue (2009)
Legendary auteurs examine the idea that horror films reflect the times and places in which they are made. They also illustrate how classic monster movies exploited the anxieties of war-time generations, and how more savage modern horror films stem from the psychic fallout of America's counterculture
25.
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007)
The last great American showman, producer-director William Castle used outrageous hype to sell his low-budget horror films.
26.
Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) as Jailer
A mean street New York Cop brings his style to a Beverly Hills Amuesment Park in order to track down a criminal.
27.
Silence Of The Hams, The (1994) as (Cameo Appearance)
In this parody of horror films, a handsome but featherbrained FBI agent investigates a handful of murders committed by a serial killer.
28.
Century Of Cinema, A (1994)
Documentary celebrating 100 years of moviemaking. Includes interviews with actors and directors.
29.
Magical World of Chuck Jones, The (1992) as Himself
Homage to animator Chuck Jones.
30.
Stephen King's Sleepwalkers (1992) as Lab Assistant
A supernatural mother and son come to a small town to seek out virgin victims.
31.
Oscar (1991) as Face On The Cutting Room Floor
Despite the bad influences that surround him, a mobster promises his dying father that he'll go straight.
32.
Fantasy Film World Of George Pal (1986) as Himself
Film is a tribute to the animation world of George Pal.
33.
Slumber Party Massacre (1982)
A psychotic killer invades a house inhabited by a group of teenage girls having a slumber party.
34.
Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel (1978) as Himself
The career of iconic low-budget filmmaker Roger Corman is chronicled. Beginning as a screenwriter, Corman began directing movies for American International Pictures in the 1950s, and gave many famous filmmakers and actors some of their first work in the industry. Former colleagues and protegees who
35.
Cannonball (1976)
This is another story of the secret Coast to Coast auto race across America The only rule is, the first to finish is the winner. Naturally, anyone driving 55 isn't going to win. They'll need to drive a little faster than that. Well actually, they will need to drive a LOT faster that 55.

Writer (feature film)

36.
Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever (1991) as Characters As Source Material
Sequel to 1979 film, "Rock 'N' Roll High School" where the militaristic powers-that-be battle the music loving student body.
37.
Rock 'N' Roll High School (1979) as From Story
A high-school hellcat will stop at nothing to meet her favorite band-The Ramones.

Producer (feature film)

38.
Dark (2013)
A model struggles with emotional issues and paranoia during the 2003 New York City blackout.
39.
Warlord: Battle For the Galaxy, The (1998) as Executive Producer
Renegade swashbuckler Heenoc Xian joins forces with former enemy and fellow adventurer Justin Thorpe to do battle against the Engineers, an alien race seeking to dominate the galaxy and create a universe without families. Justin's sister Nova has been kidnapped by the Engineers. Heenon Xian agrees t
40.
Phantom, The (1996) as Executive Producer
Deep in the jungled island of Bengalla lies four centuries-old secrets the outer world only suspects exist. The Skulls of Touganda--one of gold, another of silver, and the third of rare green jade--are ancient relics of incalculable value, and extraordinary power. According to legend, they harbor an
41.
Malevolence (1995) as Producer
Unjustly imprisoned as a young boy, Billy Bob Jones is set free after half a lifetime behind bars. Shortly afterwards, a charismatic black politician is assasinated and a shady Washington, D.C. figure frames Billy Bob for the murder.

Editing (feature film)

42.
Howling, The (1981) as Editor
After taking part in a risky police operation intended to trap a serial murderer, Karen White witnesses something horrifying enough to trigger selective amnesia. Consumed by a series of violent nightmares, she decides to admit herself to a recovery center, but the other occupants may not be what they seem.
43.
Piranha (1978) as Editor
When insurance investigator Maggie McKeown is sent to find two missing teenagers who were hiking near Lost River Lake, she hires a local man named Paul Grogan to be her guide in the area. The two come across an abandoned military facility whose only resident if Dr. Robert Hoak, who was formerly in charge of a secret project to breed piranha to be used in the Vietnam War. Although the project has been defunct for years, Hoak continued to raise the killer fish. When the doctor is knocked out, Maggie and Paul accidentally release the fish into a river that feeds into a lake which is used as a children's summer camp and a new tourist resort. Maggie and Paul try to warn the local citizens, and are met with skepticism until the piranha begin to attack.
44.
Grand Theft Auto (1977) as Editor
Young lovers race to Vegas to get married before the girl's father can catch them.
45.
Hollywood Boulevard (1976) as Editor
Joe Dante directs this story of the glamour, the glitter, the magical allure of Hollywood... and not a speck of it rubs off on Miracle Pictures, where "If it's a good picture, it's a Miracle." This is a hilarious tribute to the unsung heroes who grind out the B movies massacred by critics, but nursed fondly in the hearts of film fans everywhere.
46.
Arena, The (1973) as Editor
Two thousand years ago, the people of Rome are so blasTe, so used to violence, that entertaining them becomes a political problem. Someone suggests, after a hectic girl fight in a kitchen between a Nubian and a Viking slave, as a joke, that they should fight in the arena, instead of male gladiators. The idea is approved, though - and a female "Spartacus" theme follows.

Misc. Crew (feature film)

47.
Puppetoon Movie, The (1987) as Assistance
"The Puppetoon Movie" is a compilation of George Pal's puppetoon shorts, as well as some new animation.
48.
Fantasy Film World Of George Pal (1986) as Assistance
Film is a tribute to the animation world of George Pal.
51.
Tex (1982)
Tale of two American teenagers growing up in the Southwest who are trying to make the right decisions with little parental guidance.

Cast (special)

52.
Night at the Movies, A: Merry Christmas! (2011)
Actors and filmmakers reveal the secrets of great holiday classics.
53.
Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens -- A Life in Animation (2000) as Interviewee
Documentary about Chuck Jones, the creator of animated characters Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner and other "Toons."
54.
Phil Hartman: The E! True Hollywood Story (1998) as Interviewee
Profile of the late actor/comedian Phil Hartman.
55.
Masters of Fantasy: Industrial Light & Magic (1998) as Interviewee
A look at visual effects factory Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), founded by George Lucas in 1975. Since its inception ILM has won Academy Awards and created effects for some of the highest-grossing movies of all time including "E.T.," "Star Wars" and the "Indiana Jones" series.
56.
Roger Corman Special, The (1995)
Retrospective special honoring B-movie director/producer Roger Corman. Includes interviews with Corman himself as well as celebrities who got their start under his tutelage.
57.
Horror Hall of Fame II, The (1991)
The second annual presentation honoring the best horror films, television shows, actors, producers and special-effects designers.

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