Allan Arkush (born April 30, 1948 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American cult film and television director and frequent collaborator of Joe Dante.
Arkush grew up in Fort Lee, New Jersey. He got his start in the industry working in the trailer department for Roger Corman. He later went on to direct the Corman produced films Hollywood Boulevard, Deathsport, and Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Arkush also contributes commentary to the web series Trailers From Hell.
Joseph Dante Jr. was born on November 28, 1946 in Morristown, New Jersey, and raised in the nearby borough of Parisippany. His parents were professional golf players and his father wrote some books on the instructions of playing golf some of which included Four Magic Moves to Winning Golf, and Stop that Slice. After a bout with polio that nearly crippled him at age 7, he slowly recovered and decided to take up drawing rather than athletics as his parents did.
Dante studied at the Philadelphia College of Art after graduating from high school. As a teenager, he contributed to Castle of Frankenstein and Famous Monsters of Filmland magazines with various drawings, and upon graduation from he College of Art, he became a film critic for the Film Buletin newspaper for which he later became the managing editor. With a friend, named Jon Davidson, Dante cut together a series of movie clips and film trailers and edited them into his first short film which was titled The Movie Orgy (1968… read more