Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981)
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Movie InfoThis poorly scripted horror film about miniature, finny "jaws" details the mating rituals of the fictional "grunion" fish (falsely introduced as "piranhas" for more box-office recognition) and their need to attack and kill humans -- either inside or outside the water. These saber-toothed wonders have been hatched from a canister of eggs on a sunken ship in front of a posh Club Med resort, which features the mating rituals of humans who at times need to attack and kill fish. The product of a series of secret genetic engineering experiments, the toothy fish are to be tracked down by an undercover biochemist (Steve Marachuk), who is soon joined by the resident scuba diver at the resort (Tricia O'Neil). With believable gore but second-rate special effects, this film in no way presages the coming success of its debut director, James Cameron. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Piranha Part Two: The Spawning
Idiotic premise has US government genetic engineering experiments creating a deadly form of grunions (hinted at being used in the Vietnam war).
A copy rather than a sequel, this has none of the intelligence, wit or tempo that graced the first swarm of hungry fish.
Thankfully James Cameron went on to bigger and better things, but who can blame him for trying to pretend this movie never existed?
The special effects are awful (the piranhas are obviously hand puppets) and the script worse.
The piranha attack scenes are handled with minimal grace, giving us plenty of nice, long looks at just how fake the props are.
Geralmente, grandes cineastas dão indícios de sua genialidade mesmo em seus filmes de estréia, por pior que estes sejam. Não é o caso de James Cameron, que aparentemente reservou seus talentos para o filme seguinte.
As its director claims, this is the finest movie about flying piranha ever made, but otherwise only of interest to hardcore James Cameron completists.
Oh ... my .... gawd, they fly now! This is so bad it's, well, bad.
Audience Reviews for Piranha Part Two: The Spawning
Hard to believe James Cameron made both Terminator and Aliens within 6 years of making this nonsense. It's not a serious film, very silly but it's not 'So bad it's good' it's more So bad it's ok'. Actually some of the effects are quite interesting. Not interesting as in 'Wow, that's good' but more 'How did they do that'. You'll either love it or you'll hate it but you won't love it.More
First of all, the title is misleading, since we only see the Piranha's for about 20 minutes in the entire film, and that is not even the worst part. The acting is atrocious, the writing is absolutely dreadful, and the story is pretty much the same thing, with a failed attempt at a climactic conclusion. "Piranha Part 2" is not only a poor film for what it is trying to be, but is comes off as one of the worst films I have ever seen. Sure the piranha's may have been improved a bit visually, but when you don't see them, and the film is this poorly scripted, and not to mention how bad the framing and cinematography is. This is one of the most poorly structured pieces of shit I have ever seen!More
It's funny that even through Cameron only directed for 2 weeks, you can definitely see his fingers prints on several scenes and specifically the script.
The script for this movie isn't half bad, it's just executed poorly. Overall I have to say it is the best flying piranha horror comedy out there.
Gee Mr Cameron this film totally sucks ass!! totally hated every minute of this to be honest, its not scary, its not thrilling and its not interesting in the slightest, merely a cheap poor 'Jaws' rip off and unneeded sequel to a reasonable original 'Jaws' rip off hehe
The only thing I can say is the makeup on the eaten victims is pretty good in places and of course Lance does his best to elevate the crapola plot from whatever the hell was suppose to be going on (beats me).
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