Where've you been, Joe Dante?

The filmmaker's last effort, a 3D horror movie titled 'The Hole,' vanished into some sort of distribution hell (it remains unavailable in the United States), and his previous film was the criminally underrated 'Looney Tunes: Back in Action' from waaay back in 2003. It's a shame that the mad genius behind 'The Howling,' 'Gremlins' and the original 'Piranha' seemingly has to struggle to get projects made.

This makes the news that he's attached to direct 'Monster Love' (via Shock Til You Drop) almost feel like a sigh of relief -- at least the universe has decided to let the man keep working! The film itself, described as a horror comedy, doesn't get any help from the press release, which opens with "A werewolf and a vampire fall in love, igniting a war between their respective communities. It's ROMEO AND JULIET with fangs." Taken by itself, the premise sounds like 'Underworld' by way of 'Twilight,' which doesn't sound too enticing, but Dante's mere involvement makes this one to keep on your radar.

Moving on from people who need to make more movies, we arrive at the news of people who are about to be making many more movies. James Wan, director of 'Death Sentence,' 'Dead Silence,' the upcoming 'Insidious' and, most notably/infamously, the original 'Saw,' has signed an eight-film deal with Icon Entertainment (via Coming Soon). The fine print specifies that Wan will produce two films a year for four years, which should be easy enough considering that he helped crank out seven 'Saw' films in seven years. There's no word yet on whether or not Wan will personally get behind the camera on any of these films, but he did write the story for his first film under this contract, the not-so-subtly titled 'House of Horror,' which will be directed by F. Javier Gutierez ('Before the Fall').

Finally, we leave you with trailers for two little horror films you may not have heard of just yet (both courtesy of Twitch). First up, here's 'Elevator,' which looks like the spiritual follow-up to last year's 'Devil' -- just double the size of the elevator (and the cast) and replace the devil with a bomb. If the blood-splattered characters are any indication, things get pretty nasty:



Next up is the new film from the recently revitalized Hammer Films, fresh off the critical (if not financial) success of 'Let Me In.' The film is 'Wake Wood'; the specific horror subgenre is cult-in-a-small-British-town-terrorizes-visitors (an old standby, that one); and the star is Timothy Spall, doing what Christopher Lee used to do in productions like this: class up the joint.



Other than a dramatic "Coming Soon,' 'Elevator' is without a release date. 'Wake Wood' hits British cinemas at the end of March and will surely find its way to North America (at least on DVD) soon enough.