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Piranha [Import]

Bradford Dillman , Heather Menzies-Urich , Joe Dante    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Roger Corman produced this shameless Jaws rip-off at the height of the "nature gone wild" boom of American cinema and struck B-movie gold. Scripted by John Sayles and directed by Joe Dante, this tongue-in-cheek thriller stars Bradford Dillman (doing his best Rip Torn impression) as an antisocial mountain man and Heather Menzies as a rookie detective who race a school of mutant piranha downriver. Dante and Sayles provide the requisite blood and gore for this drive-in meat market: a kids' summer camp and a waterfront amusement park await the little beasties. Along the way, riverside retiree Keenan Wynn gets his ankles stripped clean, camp counselor Paul Bartel is chomped on the cheek by a hungry little bugger who takes to the air, and hordes of unlucky bathers are caught in the center of a feeding frenzy. What differentiates this little gem from the legion of similar knockoffs are the satirical swipes at military arrogance and crass commercialism, Dante's energetic enthusiasm, and the bursts of black humor: "Lost River Lake: Terror, horror, death. Film at 11." The culty cast also includes Invasion of the Body Snatchers's Kevin McCarthy as the hysterical scientist guarding the creatures, horror diva Barbara Steele as a devious government researcher, and longtime Corman regular Dick Miller as an unscrupulous entrepreneur ("Sir, the piranha are eating the guests").

The DVD features good-humored commentary by director Joe Dante and producer Jon Davison, who also narrate the 10 minutes of good-quality home-movie footage shot by Davison. There are also six minutes of outtakes. --Sean Axmaker

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3.0 out of 5 stars fun times April 18 2011
By falcon
Format:DVD
this actually is not that bad a movie. it's a bit too melodramatic in parts for my taste.and those moments don't fit for me.but mostly it's intentionally cheesy, with tongue firmly planted in cheek.and on that level,it works.the acting actually is not that bad,from both the main character and the supporting players.the extras on the other hand,that,s a different story.i nearly died laughing at some of the death scenes.overall,the movie is fun,and it does get your adrenaline going.i don't think it's a movie that's meant to be taken seriously,and if you approach as a serious piece of work,you will be disappointed.for me,Piranha (1978) is a 3/5
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4.0 out of 5 stars PEOPLE EAT FISH....FISH DON'T EAT PEOPLE Aug. 20 2010
By The Critic TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Somewhere in a Texas hillside in an abandoned Army testing facility long after the Vietnam War, a lone scientist named Dr. Hoak (Kevin McCarthy) continues his genetic research on a school of mutant killer piranha. Nobody knows of the whacked out scientist's existence or the mutant piranha until some hikers go missing and a rookie detective named Maggie (Heather Menzies) stumbles across their gear at the abandoned facility. Maggie believes that the hikers went missing there, so she enlists the help of an unlikely hero in the form of local town drunk and recluse Paul Grogan; played by veteran character actor Bradford Dillman to help her search for them.

After Maggie foolishly drains the military containment pool in an effort to find the missing hikers, the two of them quickly discover the facilities deadly secret has escaped and it becomes a race against time to save the unsuspecting residents down river; including a kid's summer camp and the waterfront amusement park of Lost River Lake. Can Maggie and Grogan reach the summer camp and amusement park in time to save everyone? Can they stop the Piranha from reaching the ocean? Is there anything that can kill the Piranha? You'll have to buy your own copy to find out.

In the 1975 underwater classic "Jaws" Roy Scheider shouted "you're going to need a bigger boat" and in 1978's "Piranha" we heard the classic line "Sir, the piranha are eating the guests". Trying to capitalize on the success of Jaws from three years earlier, Roger Corman produced a little B-movie gem called "Piranha" in 1978; it was scripted by John Sayles and directed by Joe Dante. While "Piranha" never quite reached the status of "Jaws" it did provide B-movie fans with enough blood and gore to satisfy them and it quickly became a classic in its own right.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Terror, horror, death. Film at eleven." June 17 2004
Format:DVD
Jaws (1975) frightened a whole generation of people out of the water. Why? Because of the very real elements within the film, being that there are sharks in the oceans, and occasionally they do attack people. Do they ever get as large as the one in the film? Possibly...regardless, the fear was real enough...fast forward to 1978...prolific B movie director/producer Roger Corman, in an effort to capitalize on the immense popularity of the film Jaws, released Piranha, directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, Innerspace, The 'burbs) and written by John Sayles (The Howling, Wild Thing), which, while didn't elicit the response anywhere near that of the film it borrows from, still provides us with a great deal of entertainment (genetically altered super fish just didn't come across with the same level of realism as a giant man-eating shark).
The film stars Branford Dillman, who, along with his extensive television credits, appeared in scores of films like Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) and The Swarm (1978), to name a couple. Also starring is Heather Menzies, who appeared in films like The Sound of Music (1965), SSSSSSS (1973), along with various television shows throughout the 70's. Rounding out the cast are Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), Paul Bartel, Barbara Steele (Caged Heat and Shivers), Melody Thomas Scott, and character actors Dick Miller and Keenan Wynn.
The film opens at night with two victims, er...
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorite cult horror films! Feb. 7 2004
Format:DVD
As a kid growing up on all the classic monster films on TV, this low-budget Roger Corman creature feature was always one of my favorites. As a teenage video collector in the 90's, I found this to be nearly impossible to find on VHS. Now as an adult in my early 20's, I own not only the video but have recently picked up the DVD and what a trip down memory lane, this "special edition" was for me.
"Piranha" is Corman's answer to "Jaws", a bad genre film that takes joy in being a bad genre film. When a private investigator goes looking for two missing kids at an old army test, she unwittingly releases a school of mutated killer piranha into the town's river system. With the help of a local mountain man, the two try to warn everyone from the military to a local resort. As is always the case in these films, the military has another agenda and they don't want the truth revealed.
Over the years, "Piranha" has earned a reputation as a true cult classic. With a great script from John Sayles, an amazing musical score from Pino Donaggio, and tremendous performances from underrated actors like Dick Miller, Keenan Wynn, Paul Bartel, and horror legend Barbara Steele, "Piranha" is the ultimate "nature goes wrong" B-movie.
My only real complaint about this DVD is that it is presented in a full-frame format (though the opening credits are finally presented in widescreen as the other way cuts the names pretty badly). Well, that and the fact that they didn't include any of the added footage from the original network TV version. Those complaints aside, it is good to hear director Joe Dante (who went on to direct "Gremlins") and producer Jon Davison reminisicing on the filming of this movie. Not to mention, the added value of seeing lots of never-before-seen footage from the making of the film. If you loved this movie growing up or are just a fan of the classic "creature feature" titles, this is a must-have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than JAWS!!!
There! I said it and I'm sure there are others who agree with me. As great as Jaws is, it is a very overrated film while Joe Dante's Piranha is a very underrated film. Read more
Published 19 months ago by A Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Low-budget trash 'B' movie mayhem!
I love these kinds of movies, especially whenever they turn out to be low-budget 'B' movies from the 70s-80s genre. Read more
Published on June 14 2004 by Blade
3.0 out of 5 stars silly but enjoyable movie that brings back memories for me
I used to love this movie when I was little. One of the things that fascinated me most about it was that it was filmed in San Marcos, Texas, at a riverside resort called Aquarena... Read more
Published on March 22 2004 by Steve J
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost River is Lost No More
First I read the book. Then I saw the video. Now I have the DVD. Why? Because this is an above average B-movie. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2004 by Joshua Koppel
3.0 out of 5 stars piranHAHA
what is this, jurassic park? what's with those little dinosaur things??
Published on Sept. 23 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars bzuzzuuxuzuuuzuzuuzzuzuxuzzzzuzzzzzuzzzzzz...
the best part of this movie is the ominous buzzing sound made by the pirahnas when they attack! yummy.
Published on July 23 2003 by "theodosya"
4.0 out of 5 stars Piranha has Bite
After the smashing success of "Jaws", B-movie producer Roger Corman delivers plenty of blood and gore in the Sci-Fi thriller "Piranha". Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars a great bloody flick
I don't know why people think this is silly while i thought it was pretty good, i bought it on dvd and i liked it very much, if you like to watch movies with a lot of blood than... Read more
Published on June 22 2002 by Nicholas F. Dandrea
4.0 out of 5 stars "THE PIRANHAS, THEY'RE EATING THE GUESTS, SIR..."
I LOVE THIS MOVIE. IT MANAGES TO HAVE A FEW SCARY MOMENTS WHILE LOADING UP THE CHEESE. THERE ARE SO MANY FUNNY LINES IN THIS MOVIE, AND WE CAN'T FORGET THE MAN WHO HOLDS HIS... Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2002
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