Piranha Part Two: The Spawning Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ June 3, 2012
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!
Super Reviewer
½ January 16, 2008
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.
Super Reviewer
September 7, 2010
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).
Super Reviewer
½ August 10, 2010
This really isn't too bad a film, and is certainly a worthy sequel to the original. 'Piranha' worked because it was tongue-in-cheek, making fun of the films it was parodying. 'Piranha II' tries to be more serious, but is so cheesy that it manages, by default, to be just as effective.

This time round the Piranha have moved from the river and are in the sea, able to fly as a result of scientists crossing genes to make the ultimate killing machine. After the opening scene which is similar to the one in Jaws 2, (except here the two divers are lovers trying for some underwater coupling), the film introduces a variety of characters, most of which are surprisingly endearing in a 'B' movie kind of way; particularly two topless good-time girls who get provisions from a stuttering chef with the promise of a threesome.

Lance Henriksen, who continued a lucrative association with Cameron, plays the police chief, who is a hybrid of Brody from 'Jaws' and Colonel Kilgore from 'Apocalypse Now'. He valiantly plays a straight role as all around him descends into chaotic fun. The flying piranha attack like vampire bats, going for the throats of their luckless victims; whilst they also have Alien-like trends, one bursting out of a dead body to attack a nurse.

As can be gathered, I found this film great fun - most production values are of a reasonable standard, particularly the underwater photography. The piranha themselves are a disappointment, but they play second fiddle to the characters and storyline.

People who slate the film need to watch the likes of 'Barracuda' or 'Evil in the Deep', both of which are fathoms below 'Piranha II'. Any film with dialogue like "Do you dive on your first date?" gets the thumbs up from me
Super Reviewer
March 21, 2008
Funny and silly from james carmron in his 1st film!
Super Reviewer
July 2, 2008
Piranha II: The Spawning is a sequel to the 1978 classic Piranha directed by Joe Dante and produced by Roger Corman, the sequel was pretty good movie. The plot is a serious muddle. This movie packed with suspense, amazing special effects, and featuring a heroic performance by Lance Henriksen.
Super Reviewer
June 6, 2010
In a nutshell, the film tells the story of ignorant resort-owners who refuse to give up their profits when tourists on a sunny island start to die. The piranhas (deadly, human flesh-eating fish of the Amazon) are a military experiment gone wrong (yea that figures) of fish that have wings and can fly out of water and live hours on dry land and in salt water! As demonstrated in one scene where the piranha jumps out of a corpse's chest that has been lying in the morgue for an entire day....grabs a new victim by the throat....devours her entirely and then cheerfully flies through the window, back to the sea. Featuring a heroic performance by Lance Henriksen (Who would later appear in movies like The Terminator and Aliens) and Tricia O'Neil as Anne Kimbrough, a scuba diving instructor who makes the horrific discovery!

Directed by James Cameron (Yes! The James Cameron of Avatar, Terminator, Titantic and Aliens) his second film featured more nudity then any of other films. (Zenogenesis - 1978 was his first) At least James Cameron made all mistakes he could have made in one film which led him to more outstanding works so perhaps it's best we leave this one alone.

Watch it if you want to see a love-making session in the deep blue or some pretty girls dressed in skimpy bathing attire(or none at all). Lesson Learned: It's possible to have sex underwater.
Super Reviewer
January 20, 2013
James Cameron's debut directing feature and it was a disaster. Firstly the film was such a horrible B-movie, it followed all the conventions: Picking on minorities, gratuitous breast shots, cheap shocks, gratuitous gore, random killings. Secondly, there are no piranhas but some other sharp toothed fish. It's just plain horrible, it's hard to believe that this is the debut of James Cameron who will later go on to direct Alien series. This is the true rip off.
Super Reviewer
½ June 7, 2010
Some how flying fish and piranhas got together, put on a little Barry White, broke out the Strawberry Hill Boones Farm and GOT IT ON! The result? This movie...Yep.

Watched this LOOOONG ago. Don't remember it being a epic masterpiece. More of a chicks in bikinis getting eaten 80's style by flying piranhas. Now have to rent it again on friends recommendation. didn't realize this was Jame Cameron's first.
Super Reviewer
January 8, 2009
It sounds crap and probably should be but the talent of a young James Cameron, here in his debut, raises this film. It's also chock full or irony: at the start there are two divers swimming around a sunken ship, and the film was written by H.A.Milton. There's also a strong lead female/mother, and the same edditing tricks he used in Aliens to make five fish look like twenty. And you don't see the fish that often either. It's as if he knows they look cheap and rubbery so minimalises their appearances, instead choosing to focus more on a wide range of characters - while also invoking Jaws. Oh, and Lance Henriksen is in it as well, being brilliant.
Super Reviewer
January 1, 2008
Slightly interesting, but not as strong in intrigue as the first.
November 24, 2012
Dull. Flying killer fish. The worst sequel I've ever seen from the dude who made the greatest sequel of all time (aside from the Godfather Part II and ESB probably). That's all really.
½ June 16, 2011
This sequel is the feature film debut of director James Cameron who would release the successful Terminator as his next film. Lance Henrickson is rather wooden as the cop who trolls around the shore in his police boat, until he is called into action by our familiar deep water carnivores. He's not the worst though, some of the supporting cast are downright awful. This time, the Piranha fly and can somehow live outside of the water. This sets the scene for a sequel that rivals the original for ridiculous premise, but somehow lacks the crazy charm. That being said, it still manages to generate a few laughs as the sight of stiff, plastic fish flying through the air and biting people's throats is a crazy good time. This one can be pretty fun, though the build up to the climax is not nearly as enjoyable as in the original. The script has some issues, but with these the actors, it didn't have a chance anyway. Cameron would go on to prove himself, though this one does not stand out as anything particularly special.
August 29, 2010
Nice Thriller, Here we go with Piranha again, guess what, now they can Fly!
First I thought, Not great effects but then I realized it was like 30 years ago & its directed by James Cameron, the same guy who brought us Titanic (1997) & Avatar (2009) so No comments.
August 26, 2010
James Cameron (el rey del mundo del cine de Hollywood) debuta con esta floja secuela de "Piranha". La primera fue dirigida por Joe Dante ("Gremlins") y con guión de John Sayles ("Lone Star"). Pero la diversión de la primera entrega aquí desaparece. Las pirañas de Cameron vuelan, pero les falta fuerza para agarrar con sus dientes al espectador. ¿Quién hubiera pensado que este director llegaría a sorprendernos después con "Terminator"?
June 13, 2013
Even for what it is, this is pretty shitty. It's really entertaining though! Plus there's a score by the great Stelvio Cipriani!
June 4, 2013
Usted sí que sabe como fingir ser un gran director.
½ February 1, 2013
A new breed of genetically-altered piranha have set their sights on a small Caribbean island just in time for tourist season in PIRANHA 2: THE SPAWNING, directed by James Cameron?! That's right, long before he ever even conceived the world of Pandora, James Cameron had his name slapped on to this stinking sequel by Italian producer Ovidio G. Assonitis, who truly retained creative control over the picture. Although he has often been known to dispute the fact since he only received selective responsibilities and no editing rights on the picture, it is considered to be his first feature film. PIRANHA 2 retains the same half-serious tone as the original, but the clever camp that has turned Joe Dante's film into a cult-classic over the years has been replaced by idiotic humor and laughable villains. The military has found a way to splice piranha DNA with that of the flying fish and grunion, allowing the mean little bastards to fly and survive outside of water. This leads to nothing but onscreen absurdity that crosses over into pure cheese. Despite the ridiculousness of the plot, Tricia O'Neil and genre favorite Lance Henriksen put in a pair of honest performances that carry us through the bloody action, and surprisingly, PIRANHA 2 still retains some entertainment value, but only at the film's expense.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
Super Reviewer
January 20, 2013
James Cameron's debut directing feature and it was a disaster. Firstly the film was such a horrible B-movie, it followed all the conventions: Picking on minorities, gratuitous breast shots, cheap shocks, gratuitous gore, random killings. Secondly, there are no piranhas but some other sharp toothed fish. It's just plain horrible, it's hard to believe that this is the debut of James Cameron who will later go on to direct Alien series. This is the true rip off.
September 28, 2012
I just loved this one. Flying piranhas? Why not!
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