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Piranha (1978)
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Terrific little horror-comedy."
4 stars

Joe Dante’s solo directorial debut (he’d previously codirected 'Hollywood Boulevard') is goofy fun from start to stop, a sly 'Jaws' riff about experimental piranha developed by our government for use in Vietnamese rivers.

When the killer fish are accidentally let loose in a lake near a summer camp, the carnage begins. There were a lot of Jaws ripoffs in the ‘70s, but this was Steven Spielberg’s favorite, because Dante and screenwriter John Sayles (before he started directing his own, more serious scripts) have their tongues firmly in cheek (as they did with The Howling a couple years later). It actually also works as straight horror, because it gives people another reason to stay out of the water. “Yeah, but piranha can’t survive in fresh water.” Not these suckers. They’re butt-ugly, too, and Dante has them bolting right at the camera whenever possible.

Effective and enjoyable on all counts, with plenty of campy laughs and in-jokes, and a cult cast including Barbara Steele, Paul Bartel, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn, and the great Dick Miller.

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User Comments

9/12/17 morris campbell a good companion piece 2 JAWS 4 stars
7/15/11 mr.mike The sequels were better. 3 stars
3/12/11 art PIRANHA BLows jaws OUT of the water!,just like FRIDAY THE 13TH blew away halloween! 5 stars
8/24/09 GroovyDoom Excellent 70s monster flick. Great fun. 5 stars
10/20/08 Monster A Go-Go JAWS rip-off but done in good fun. Great little movie. 4 stars
4/03/07 David Pollastrini good gore and hot women! 4 stars
3/23/07 action movie fan not bad jaws type film-extreemy gory at times, but good story 4 stars
7/17/06 CTT Monstrously overrated 2 stars
7/20/05 Brandy Harrington A pile of shit. Huge Jaws rip-off. 1 stars
8/03/04 Kyle Not as good as "Jaws" , but still a good scare, with it's share of suspense. 4 stars
3/28/04 john a bad film - a very bad film but if you imagine you're watching it in a drive in it's fun 3 stars
11/06/03 Samuel It has a great premise, and it shows Heather Menzies without a top on...lol 4 stars
8/07/03 3man This gave me nightmares when I was little. Kinda cheesy now. 4 stars
4/04/03 Jack Sommersby Unevenly paced (like all Dante's films) but fright-filled fun. 4 stars
3/02/02 Butterbean One of the many films that tried to follow Jaws. It makes great camp tho. 3 stars
1/19/02 Andrew Carden Unpleasent Horror Movie. Made Me Throw Up. 1 stars
12/08/01 Monster W. Kung Ridiculous thriller, it's a masterpiece compared to the hilarious sequel. 2 stars
8/08/01 E-Funk It's a Roger Corman production for fuck's sake! Live a little! 5 stars
6/25/01 Lars Pettersson Underrated thriller with much humour, and a smart script that Joe Dante takes good care of. 3 stars
10/26/99 Ed How could anyone watch such crap as this movie. It is beyond being a cheesy movie! 1 stars
10/26/99 Karahde Khan Only for cheesy bad movie fans, who could have good fun. Others watch Jaws instead. 2 stars
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