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Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981)

Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981)

Piranha Part Two: The Spawning




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Movie Info

Voracious baby piranhas find a veritable smorgasbord at a lakeside resort in this sequel to Piranha.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: H.A. Milton, Lee Reynolds, James Cameron
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 28, 2003
Columbia Pictures


Tricia O'Neil
as Anne Kimbrough
Steve Marachuk
as Tyler Sherman
Lance Henriksen
as Steve Kimbrough
Ricky G. Paul
as Chris Kimbrough
Leslie Graves
as Allison Dumont
Tracy Berg
as Beverly
Anne Pollack
as Mrs. Wilson
Lee Krug
as Ron the Lifeguard
Ward White
as Dumont
Paul Issa
as Waither
Myra Weisler
as Randy's Wife
Johnny Ralston
as Randy's Son
Jim Pair
as Robert Haywood
Tracey Berg
as Beverly
Ricky G. Paull
as Chris Kimbrough
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Critic Reviews for Piranha Part Two: The Spawning

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

A copy rather than a sequel, this has none of the intelligence, wit or tempo that graced the first swarm of hungry fish.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Thankfully James Cameron went on to bigger and better things, but who can blame him for trying to pretend this movie never existed?

Full Review… | June 4, 2012
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
TV Guide's Movie Guide

For curious completists only.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
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.

Full Review… | December 1, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Piranha Part Two: The Spawning

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!

KJ Proulx
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.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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).

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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