“There Go The Goddamn Brownies!” – Joe Dante Talks The ‘Burbs

As a part of Toronto’s Fan Expo, Rue Morgue Magazine runs the Festival of Fear, and they invited Joe Dante up to present a 35mm print of his severely underrated, but nevertheless, cult-classic Tom Hanks comedy, The ‘burbs. Dante talks about shooting on the Universal backlot, set visits and defecation by Michael Jackson’s pet monkey Coco, the amazing talents of Bruce Dern and the eccentricities of Brother Theodore, how much of the screenplay was improvised by the performers (“That’s about a 9 on the tension scale, Rube.”) due to the ongoing writers strike at the time and of course, the Alfred Hitchcock and Looney Toons references on the film. A top shelf event all around.

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Sean Kelly
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That was definitely a great screening.

While on the subject of Fan Expo, I have a video playlist set-up on my blog’s YouTube channel. I already have a 5 minute highlight reel up and I’m in the process of preparing extended Q&A clips from Don Coscarelli, the Soska Sisters, Colin Baker, and Ron Perlman. Those will be up in the next couple days.

Sean Kelly
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Small update – The Don Coscarelli Q&A videos are now uploaded (and in the playlist), the rest are uploading as we speak and should be online by this afternoon.

UPDATE 2: The whole playlist is online now.

Sean Kelly
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The very prominent laugh at the mention of the “Wilhem Scream” during the final question is me (I was sitting right next to Kurt).

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