He was born in 1946 in Morristown, New Jersey. He was hardened in the legendary Roger Corman’s factory as editor until he took the leap to direction, co-directing with Allan Arkush Hollywood Boulevard (1976). In 1978 he tried his luck on his own with Piranha, written by a first-timer John Sayles, with whom he collaborated again on The Howling (1981). In 1983 he began a successful collaboration with Steven Spielberg as a producer, directing one of the segments of the film adaptation of the legendary series The Twiligh Zone. This collaboration continued with the successful Gremlins (1984), its sequel Gremlins 2 (1990) or Innerspace (1987). Other well-known titles by him are Explorers (1985), The ‘Burbs (1989), Matinee (1993), Small Soldiers (1998) or Burying the Ex (2014), his latest feature film to date.