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Trailers from Hell: Max Landis on Joe Dante's 'Innerspace'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood July 2, 2013 at 11:30AM

"It's Back to the 80s!" at the newly revamped Trailers from Hell this week, with screenwriter Max Landis introducing TFH creator Joe Dante's 1987 comedy-fantasy entry "Innerspace," starring Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan and Martin Short.
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Dennis Quaid in "Innerspace"
Dennis Quaid in "Innerspace"

"It's Back to the 80s!" at the newly revamped Trailers from Hell this week, with screenwriter Max Landis introducing TFH creator Joe Dante's 1987 comedy-fantasy entry "Innerspace," starring Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan and Martin Short. 

"What if Dean Martin got shrunken down and put inside Jerry Lewis?" That was writer Jeffrey Boam's clever take on his rewrite of a straight spy-fi script conceived by producers who had seemingly never heard of Fantastic Voyage. It attracted director Joe Dante, looking to make a commercial hit after the failure of Explorers. But in the end, of course, it turned out to be just as wacky as his earlier stuff, and its most appreciative audience emerged a year later via home video. ILM won an Oscar for its still impressive pre-CGI special effects.

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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.