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Piranha Part Two: The Spawning Reviews

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½ May 13, 2016
Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981) ? 1/2
First-rate junk (a sequel to the much more defined PIRANHA from 1978) has chomping fish picking off scuba divers. You know, usual stuff (expect for a climax where the fish actually hover on land!) Interesting only as James Cameron's first directorial feature . . . but this movie certainly bites.
April 1, 2016
James Cameron directs (sorta) an absolutely fabulous follow-up to the 1978 film. Much like its predecessor, the story is told in a light-hearted manner with much comedy. A few fish from the original movie survived, mutated and are now flying, attacking visitors at a tourist beach resort. Great B-movie stuff with gore, bad acting (but a decent story!), and beautiful women (esp. Leslie Graves).
August 18, 2015
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"?
May 31, 2015
Resort is afflicted with a mutant breed of flying piranha developed by the US army for use in Vietnam. A lot of vacations ruined. Be sure to check back for reduced rates at the Hotel Elysium. Notable as James Cameron's directorial debut, though he disowned the final product as tampered with by the producer.
½ July 26, 2014
A disaster, from James Cameron. Way to bring down all your future films in one clawing stoke. Avatar was at least watchable, but was a horrible film at its finest. Disappointing, awful. :-(
June 1, 2014
Even for what it is, this is pretty shitty. It's really entertaining though! Plus there's a score by the great Stelvio Cipriani!
½ April 2, 2014
Had it not been for Terminator, James Cameron's career would have probably been over by now.
February 14, 2014
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a fucking flying piranha!!!
Everyone has to start somewhere, so James Cameron started directing here, luckily he made something better 2 years later, The Terminator.
½ January 2, 2014
James Cameron!?!? You can do soooooo much better!!
½ November 16, 2013
Piranha II: The Spawning (AKA Piranha II: Flying Killers) is a sequel to the famous Roger Corman original that was directed by Joe Dante and was remade not too long ago. This is actually James Cameron's first film, and you can certainly tell that he didn't have a strong directorial stance just yet as he did later on when he became an obsessive and overbearing filmmaker. There's actually one scene in the movie that felt like it came from a James Cameron movie, which is the prelude to the love scene. Other than that, it's an Italian-produced schlock-fest that can be very entertaining. Suddenly in this film, the Piranha now have wings and can fly out of water and attack people. They also cause a helicopter to crash and it explodes when it hits the water. What's not to love about all that? This is also one of Lance Henriksen's first films and he would go on to do much better work with Cameron later in The Terminator and Aliens. Overall, it's just a fun movie, but if you're expecting a grand film from a master filmmaker, you'll probably be let down.
August 26, 2013
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.
August 14, 2013
"the finest flying piranha movie ever made"

worth watching
June 4, 2013
Usted sí que sabe como fingir ser un gran director.
½ May 20, 2013
a movie worse than Piranha 3DD?! I think we have a winner!
Super Reviewer
½ April 6, 2013
This film is whatever, but surprisingly, it's not god awful, but still nothing special to see here.
½ March 30, 2013
pirane koje se glasaju ko mali vrapcici...XD
March 13, 2013
Jaja, piranas voladoras!! Es increible la evolucion del trabajo de Cameron a partir de esto :)
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
January 22, 2013
I saw this, but I need to see it again. And again. And again.
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.
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