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Piranha Part Two: The Spawning

Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981)

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This 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

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Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy

H.A. Milton

Jan 28, 2003

Columbia Pictures

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Idiotic premise has US government genetic engineering experiments creating a deadly form of grunions (hinted at being used in the Vietnam war).

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
Variety
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A copy rather than a sequel, this has none of the intelligence, wit or tempo that graced the first swarm of hungry fish.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Thankfully James Cameron went on to bigger and better things, but who can blame him for trying to pretend this movie never existed?

June 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comment (1)
Cinema Crazed

The special effects are awful (the piranhas are obviously hand puppets) and the script worse.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

For curious completists only.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The piranha attack scenes are handled with minimal grace, giving us plenty of nice, long looks at just how fake the props are.

December 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

June 18, 2006
Cinema em Cena

As its director claims, this is the finest movie about flying piranha ever made, but otherwise only of interest to hardcore James Cameron completists.

July 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Oh ... my .... gawd, they fly now! This is so bad it's, well, bad.

August 4, 2002
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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.
June 28, 2013
SirPant

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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!
June 4, 2012
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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.
December 10, 2010
kenstachnik

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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).
September 7, 2010
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