You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Matinee

Joe Dante lovingly re-creates the monster pics of his youth in Matinee, an okay film geared toward buffs that should have been much better.

With:
John Goodman Cathy Moriarty Simon Fenton Omri Katz Lisa Jakub Kellie Martin

Joe Dante lovingly re-creates the monster pics of his youth in Matinee, an okay film geared toward buffs that should have been much better.

Matinee derives from a high concept (credited to Jerico and scripter Charlie Haas) in which the real-life fears of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis interact with the artificial fears of a horror film premiering at a Key West movie house.

Believably cast as a huckster/showman modeled after producer-director William Castle, John Goodman is previewing his new monster pic Mant! (Half Man, Half Ant, All Terror!) in hopes of impressing exhibitor Jesse White to book it at his 50-theater chain.

Film-in-a-film is a very accurate, hilarious black & white pastiche featuring (uncredited) genre vets Kevin McCarthy, Robert Cornthwaite (of the original The Thing) and William Shallert opposite Goodman’s girlfriend Cathy Moriarty. Yet Dante lets his own film lapse into the excruciating cliches of both the ‘good teen’ romances and the j.d. sagas of the ’50s.

Even when the film gets bogged down in romantic drivel, there are enough clever in-jokes and well-remembered period details to keep buffs happy. Casting is accurate.

Matinee

Production: Universal/Renfield. Director Joe Dante; Producer Michael Finnell; Screenplay Charlie Haas; Camera John Hora; Editor Marshall Harvey; Music Jerry Goldsmith; Art Director Steven Legler

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1993. Running time: 99 MIN.

With: John Goodman Cathy Moriarty Simon Fenton Omri Katz Lisa Jakub Kellie Martin

More Film

  • ITV Studios Global Ent. To Handle

    ITV Studios Global Ent. To Handle Movistar+ Original 'Felix'

    Joe Dante lovingly re-creates the monster pics of his youth in Matinee, an okay film geared toward buffs that should have been much better. Matinee derives from a high concept (credited to Jerico and scripter Charlie Haas) in which the real-life fears of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis interact with the artificial fears of a […]

  • Virtual Reality Conference Promises to Ignite

    Virtual Reality Conference Promises to Ignite Singapore Media Festival

    Joe Dante lovingly re-creates the monster pics of his youth in Matinee, an okay film geared toward buffs that should have been much better. Matinee derives from a high concept (credited to Jerico and scripter Charlie Haas) in which the real-life fears of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis interact with the artificial fears of a […]

  • SGIFF: Anup Singh Readies Third Film

    Singapore: ‘Scorpions’ Director Readies Third Film With Irrfan Khan (EXCLUSIVE) 

    Joe Dante lovingly re-creates the monster pics of his youth in Matinee, an okay film geared toward buffs that should have been much better. Matinee derives from a high concept (credited to Jerico and scripter Charlie Haas) in which the real-life fears of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis interact with the artificial fears of a […]

  • Canal Plus

    Canal Plus Orders Thomas Lilti's 'Hippocrate' Medical Series

    Joe Dante lovingly re-creates the monster pics of his youth in Matinee, an okay film geared toward buffs that should have been much better. Matinee derives from a high concept (credited to Jerico and scripter Charlie Haas) in which the real-life fears of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis interact with the artificial fears of a […]

  • A Profile of Argentine Fantasy Genre

    Mar del Plata: Argentina on the Rise -- Demián Rugna

    Joe Dante lovingly re-creates the monster pics of his youth in Matinee, an okay film geared toward buffs that should have been much better. Matinee derives from a high concept (credited to Jerico and scripter Charlie Haas) in which the real-life fears of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis interact with the artificial fears of a […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content