Average Rating: 6.5/10
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Release Date: Aug 3, 1978 Wide
Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 11,743
The sophomore effort for director Joe Dante, a future protégé of Steven Spielberg, this low-budget, high-camp horror spoof of Jaws (1977) features several chiller stars of yesteryear. Insurance investigator Maggie McKeown (Heather Menzies) is dispatched to find two missing teenage hikers near Lost River Lake. She hires surly backwoods drunkard Paul Grogan (Bradford Dillman) to serve as her guide. Searching the area, they find an abandoned military facility. The only resident is Dr. Robert Hoak
Aug 3, 1978 Wide
Nov 19, 1999
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Even Jaws director Steven Spielberg counts himself among the film's fans.
Essentially, Piranha is the best example of how to do a B-movie knockoff.
It's played more for laughs and digs at America's war policy than for scares.
As the boozy mountain man trying to stop the military-grade fish, Bradford Dillman acts as if he'd swallowed Charlton Heston and is now constipated.
Dante's tongue-in-cheek, teeth-in-thigh debut hasn't lost its bite; it spawns new meaning with each new eco-disaster. It plays very well as a cautionary tale about the dangers of invasive alien species... And don't those fish spread like an oil spill?
If you're looking for a senseless good time that goes a long way in terms of keeping you entertained, then this Piranha package may just be everything you've been hoping to sink your teeth into.
Dante and Sayles have a great deal of fun with the fact that their story of government created killer fish is completely ridiculous.
Effective and enjoyable on all counts, with plenty of campy laughs and in-jokes.
Of all the late '70s-early '80s Jaws knockoffs, none balanced tongue-in-cheek humor with out-and-out gore as deftly as Joe Dante's Piranha.
A great piece of B moviemaking. An absolute blast that's wickedly funny while still generating nail-biting suspense.
Já em seu filme de estréia, Dante exibia um senso de humor atípico - que, infelizmente, não envelheceu bem neste caso.
A fast-paced and nifty little thriller with some nice black-humored touches thrown in.
With more laughs than frights, it's tough not to have at least a little fun in all of its natural badness.
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