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Encyclopedia > Dante Tomaselli

Dante Tomaselli (born October 29, 1969, in Paterson, New Jersey) is an Italian-American horror screenwriter,director, and score composer. Logo of Sons of Italy, which is the largest Italian American fraternal organization in the United States. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... A film score is the music in a film, generally written for the film and often used to heighten emotions provoked by the imagery on the screen or by the dialogue. ...


Dante studied filmmaking at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute, then transferred to the New York School of Visual Arts, receiving a B.F.A. degree there. His first film was a 23-minute short called, Desecration, which was screened at a variety of horror and mainstream film festivals and venues. Tomaselli later expanded Desecration, which he also wrote, to feature-length. In 1999, the film received its world premiere to a standing-room-only audience at the prestigious Fantafestival in Rome, Italy. Brooklyn (named for the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... Pratt Institute is a specialized, private college in New York City with campuses in Manhattan and Brooklyn. ... The School of Visual Arts Main Building, circa 1992. ... Bachelor of Fine Arts Bermuda Football Association Bahamas Football Association British Fencing Association This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Short subject is an American film industry term that historically has referred to any film in the format of two reels, or approximately 20 minutes running time, or less. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Old Farts by the Sometimes-United Nations. ... The Roman Colosseum Rome (Italian and Latin Roma) is the capital city of Italy, and of its Lazio region. ...

Tomaselli has been a lifelong supernatural/horror aficionado and is also the cousin of film director Alfred Sole, whose Communion (1976), made its own mark in the world of Catholic-themed horror films twenty-eight years prior. 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... DVD cover showing horror characters as depicted by Universal Studios. ...

His second feature film, Horror (2002), began principle photography January 15, 2001, in Warwick, upstate New York. It was his first commercially successful film, as well as the first to receive a wide DVD release. January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ...

Tomaselli then made Satan's Playground (2005), his first linear film (as opposed to the extreme surrealism of his previous features). It starred 70's and early-80's cult-horror icons Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Ellen Sandweiss (The Evil Dead), and Edwin Neal (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), as well as Raine Brown and Danny Lopes, both of whom starred in Horror. The film is set, and was filmed in, New Jersey's infamous Pine Barrens Forest. Satans Playground is a 2005 horror film directed and written by Dante Tomaselli, starring Felissa Rose, Ellen Sandweiss, and Edwin Neal. ... Felissa Rose, actress Felissa Rose is an American actress best known for her role as Angela Baker in the 1983 cult classic, Sleepaway Camp. ... Sleepaway Camp was a 1983 horror movie directed and written by Robert Hiltzik about murders at a summer camp and is considered by many viewers to have the most disturbing ending of all horror films. ... Ellen Sandweiss (born December 30, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American stage and screen actress and singer who starred some horror film in the late 70s and early 80s like the 1981 b-slasher movie classic Evil Dead and another Sam Raimis small productions. ... The Evil Dead (also known as Evil Dead, The Book of The Dead , Sam Raimis The Evil Dead and The Evil Dead: The Ultimate Experience in Grueling Terror) is a 1981 horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell. ... Edwin Neal (b. ... Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation is a 1994 sequel to the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) horror film. ... Actress Raine Brown Raine Brown is aNew Jersey-based actress. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ... The Mullica River in the New Jersey Pine Barrens Pine barrens, also known as pine plains, sand plains, pinelands, pine bush, and pitch pine-scrub oak barrens, occur throughout the northeastern U.S. from New Jersey to Maine (see Atlantic coastal pine barrens) as well as the Midwest and Canada. ...

Upcoming Works

Dante is currently in pre-production on his fourth feature, The Ocean (2007), which is an occult shocker about mysterious and deadly riptides. The Ocean is a 2006 horror film directed by Dante Tomaselli and stars Adrienne Barbeau, Felissa Rose, John Fallon, and Judith ODea. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

He has also has announced plans to write and direct a film about the Salem Witch Trials, entitled Salem. 1876 illustration of the courtroom; the central figure is usually identified as Mary Walcott The Salem Witch Trials, which began in 1692 (also known as the Salem witch hunt and the Salem witchcraft episode), resulted in a number of convictions and executions for witchcraft in both Salem Village and Salem...

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