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tone as the original, but the clever camp that has turned Joe Dante's film into a cult-classic over the years has been replaced by idiotic humor and laughable villains.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.
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