Mr. Goodman: Piranha hunt in packs - not for protection, but for overwhelming force. They're organized, methodical. The first bite draws blood. The blood draws the pack.
"There's Something In The Water"
After seeing Piranha twice now, I still believe to be a great addition to the creature feature genre. It works so well because it is played just right. It appeals to the fan base. It's blood, boobs, and humor. There's nothing scary about this movie, there's nothing great about this movie, and there's nothing overly special about it either. What it is though is a humorous, entertaining, and fun, brisk ride.
When an earthquake occurs under a small towns lake, it opens up a little pathway that allows a bunch of piranha's that were thought to have been extinct for millions of years to come up to the surface. It's perfect timing too because the small town is booming with thousands of college students in for spring break. The sheriff tries to get everyone out of the water, but the drunken college kids aren't going to listen to authority.
What I particularly liked about this movie was that it was presented in a quick way. It didn't overstay its welcome. Coming in at about an hour and twenty-five minutes, it's perfectly paced and perfectly timed. While, it's moving quickly, it pauses for many comedic sequences and for the most part they work. It's never hilarious, but it's often laugh out loud funny, like the last words from the porn director, "Wet t-shirt... wet t-shirt."
Piranha is a movie that has a select, target audience. It's stupid, it's bloody, and it's sexist. Breasts are running wild in this film. So I wouldn't argue with anyone who threw the movie aside as just another brainless, nudity filled creature feature, but you have to admit this is better than most. It's no Jaws or anything, but it's still an above average addition to a rather shitty sub-genre.