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  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • It's 1962 and 15-year-old horror film fan Gene Loomis (Simon Fenton) is the new kid in a small Key West town; the Cuban Missile Crisis is happening in his own backyard; an intriguing girl (Lisa Jakub) is actually looking his way, and best of all, master showman Lawrence Woolsey (John Goodman) is in town promoting his latest sci-fi horror flick. Gene and his friends eagerly gather at the local theater for the debut of MANT!, a terrifying tale of one man's mutation into a demonic ant. At the theater they experience the thrill of a lifetime, as the threat of nuclear war looms overhead. John Goodman is at his uproarious best as the larger-than-life horror promoter who revels in the creation of one-of-a-kind shock and terror as the nation waits for its fate to be revealed. MATINEE is a masterful homage to B-movie science fiction classics of the 1950s and '60s that ingeniously combines science fiction shock and suspense with the real life horror of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • Credits
    Simon Fenton, Robert Picardo, Lucinda Jenney, Lisa Jakub, Kellie Martin, Jesse White, David Clennon, John Goodman, Naomi Watts, Omri Katz, Cathy Moriarty, Jesse Lee, John Sayles, Lucy Butler
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Funny....[Goodman] is great fun..."
    New York Times

    "...MATINEE is a sweetly resonant little movie-lovers' movie..."
    USA Today

    "...JOE DANTE lovingly recreates the monster pics of his youth in MATINEE....Solid comic turns by Goodman, Moriarty and Robert Picardo..."

    "...A delightful comedy and one of the most charming movies in a long time....There are plenty of big laughs in MATINEE..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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