Piranha Part Two: The Spawning

1981

Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981)

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Flying and swimming mutant piranhas terrorize a tourist club, and a diving instructor and a biochemist team up to destroy them.

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Critic Reviews for Piranha Part Two: The Spawning

All Critics (16) | 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).

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
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.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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The fish in this flick can not only bite but can also fly -- a twist that isn't terrifying as much as it's laughable.

Aug 7, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Jun 4, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

For curious completists only.

Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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

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½

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
Ken Stachnik

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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).

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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½

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

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

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