A genuine love for B cinema informs all the work of director Joe Dante, from his own Roger Corman-produced cheapies through the GREMLINS films. This affection finds its purest expression in MATINEE, an affectionate homage to the "creature features" of the 50s and 60s.
The story is set in Key West, Florida, in October 1962, just before and during the Cuban missile crisis. Teenager Gene Loomis (Simon Fenton) lives with his mother (Lucinda Jenney) and brother Dennis (Jesse Lee) on a Naval base; his dad is serving on one of the US ships blockading Cuba. Mass
destruction looms, but Gene's preoccupied with the imminent arrival in town of his idol, horror filmmaker L...