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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Monster-Western Melodrama 'Teenage Monster'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood November 21, 2012 at 10:49AM

I Was a Teenage Thanksgiving Turkey! week continues at Trailers from Hell, today with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing monster movie-meets-sagebrush saga "Teenage Monster," the sole directorial effort of cinematographer Jacques Marquette.
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"Teenage Monster"
"Teenage Monster"

I Was a Teenage Thanksgiving Turkey! week continues at Trailers from Hell, today with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing monster movie-meets-sagebrush saga "Teenage Monster," the sole directorial effort of cinematographer Jacques Marquette.

The sole directorial effort of cinematographer Jacques Marquette (A Bucket of Blood, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Burnt Offerings) came about when the intended director backed out, reducing the 8 day schedule by one, and DP Marquette took over. It's an odd but entirely conventional amalgam of monster movie and sagebrush saga. Shot for $57,000 under its eventual tv release title Meteor Monster, it's one of the more desperate entries in the 50s teenage monster cycle. 50 year-old Gil Perkins plays the title role.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.