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Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: NR
Street Date: 08/03/10
Wide Screen: yes
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
Foreign Film: no
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 morePublished on Sept. 24 2012 by A Fan
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. Read morePublished on April 18 2011 by falcon
I love these kinds of movies, especially whenever they turn out to be low-budget 'B' movies from the 70s-80s genre. Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by Blade
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 morePublished on March 22 2004 by Steve J
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 morePublished on Jan. 30 2004 by Joshua Koppel
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"
After the smashing success of "Jaws", B-movie producer Roger Corman delivers plenty of blood and gore in the Sci-Fi thriller "Piranha". Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2002