Joe Dante
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General Information
Full Name

Joseph James Dante, Jr.


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Joe Dante is a director for the second and third season of Salem.


Joseph James "Joe" Dante, Jr. (born November 28, 1946) is an American film director, producer, editor and actor. His films—notably Gremlins (1984)—often mix fantastical storylines with comedic elements.

Dante's films include Piranha (1978) and The Howling (1981) (both from scripts by John Sayles), Gremlins (1984) and its sequel (1990), Explorers (1985), Innerspace (1987), The 'Burbs (1989), Matinee (1993), Small Soldiers (1998), and Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003). His work for television and cable includes immigration satire The Second Civil War (1997) and episodes of anthology series Masters of Horror (Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution) and Amazing Stories, as well as Hawaii Five-0.[1]

Episodes Directed

Season 2

Season 3

To be added soon. Season 3 première is on Halloween week.


  • As Adam Simon and Brannon Braga wanted each season to be characterized by particular genres, dealing with more fantasy situations resulted in the addition of Joe Dante to the crew.
  • Shane West is a big fan of Dante.


  1. Joe Dante on Wikipedia

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