History Film / Piranha

21st Aug '16 11:44:25 PM ShiroAkuma
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Two teens break into an abandoned facility to engage in a spot of skinnydipping in the reservior, and are promptly pulled under and torn to shreds. The next day, insurance investigator Maggie [=McKeown=] (Heather Menzies) is dispatched to find them. Teaming up with local hillbilly Paul Grogan (Bradford Dillman), the two enter the facility themselves and inadvertedly drain the critters engineered by resident mad scientist Dr. Robert Hoak (Kevin [=McCarthy=]) as part of the now-defunct operation Razorteeth ([[VietnamWar in which they would be unleashed into the riverways of North Vietnam]]) into the river; wherein they make themselves en route to a nearby summer camp where Grogan's daughter is staying, and ultimately the ocean...

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Two teens break into an abandoned facility to engage in a spot of skinnydipping in the reservior, and are promptly pulled under and torn to shreds. The next day, insurance investigator Maggie [=McKeown=] (Heather Menzies) is dispatched to find them. Teaming up with local hillbilly Paul Grogan (Bradford Dillman), the two enter the facility themselves and inadvertedly inadvertently drain the critters engineered by resident mad scientist Dr. Robert Hoak (Kevin [=McCarthy=]) as part of the now-defunct operation Razorteeth ([[VietnamWar in which they would be unleashed into the riverways of North Vietnam]]) into the river; wherein they make themselves en route to a nearby summer camp where Grogan's daughter is staying, and ultimately the ocean...
27th Mar '16 8:57:11 AM MacronNotes
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A more notable [[ThreeDMovie 3D]] remake, ''Film/Piranha3D'', eventually arrived in summer 2010, directed by Creator/AlexandreAja. Shifting the action to Lake Victoria and ditching the GovernmentConspiracy set-up in favour of an equally implausible plot involving prehistoric versions of the eponymous fish, it was BloodierAndGorier, HotterAndSexier and generally [[RefugeInAudacity revelled in its own silliness]]. A sequel to the remake, ''Film/Piranha3DD'', was released in 2012.

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A more notable [[ThreeDMovie 3D]] 3D remake, ''Film/Piranha3D'', eventually arrived in summer 2010, directed by Creator/AlexandreAja. Shifting the action to Lake Victoria and ditching the GovernmentConspiracy set-up in favour of an equally implausible plot involving prehistoric versions of the eponymous fish, it was BloodierAndGorier, HotterAndSexier and generally [[RefugeInAudacity revelled in its own silliness]]. A sequel to the remake, ''Film/Piranha3DD'', was released in 2012.
11th Aug '15 10:27:17 AM mlsmithca
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In many respects a parody of ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', Universal Studios initially threatened to sue until Creator/StevenSpielberg saw it himself and loved it. In 1981 it got itself a sequel titled ''Film/PiranhaPartTwoTheSpawning'' in which the piranhas ''fly'' and which happens to be the directorial debut of none other than...... *drumroll* ...... [[spoiler:[[Creator/JamesCameron JAMES CAMERON!!!!!!]]]]

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In many respects a parody of ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', Universal Studios initially threatened to sue until Creator/StevenSpielberg saw it himself and loved it. In 1981 it got itself a sequel titled ''Film/PiranhaPartTwoTheSpawning'' in which the piranhas ''fly'' and which happens to be the directorial debut of none other than...... *drumroll* ...... [[spoiler:[[Creator/JamesCameron JAMES CAMERON!!!!!!]]]]
Creator/JamesCameron.
24th Jun '15 5:16:55 AM Morgenthaler
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'''''Piranha''''' is a 1978 [[BMovie B]] comedy-horror film, directed by Creator/JoeDante and written by director-to-be JohnSayles, about a swarm of [[AttackOfTheKillerWhatever genetically-engineered killer piranhas]].

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'''''Piranha''''' ''Piranha'' is a 1978 [[BMovie B]] comedy-horror film, directed by Creator/JoeDante and written by director-to-be JohnSayles, Creator/JohnSayles, about a swarm of [[AttackOfTheKillerWhatever genetically-engineered killer piranhas]].
4th May '15 4:23:00 AM Morgenthaler
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A more notable [[ThreeDMovie 3D]] remake, ''Film/Piranha3D'', eventually arrived in summer 2010, directed by Creator/AlexandreAja. Shifting the action to Lake Victoria and ditching the GovernmentConspiracy set-up in favour of an equally implausible plot involving prehistoric versions of the eponymous fish, it was BloodierAndGorier, HotterAndSexier and generally [[RefugeInAudacity revelled in its own silliness]]. A sequel to the remake, ''Piranha 3DD'', was released in 2012.

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A more notable [[ThreeDMovie 3D]] remake, ''Film/Piranha3D'', eventually arrived in summer 2010, directed by Creator/AlexandreAja. Shifting the action to Lake Victoria and ditching the GovernmentConspiracy set-up in favour of an equally implausible plot involving prehistoric versions of the eponymous fish, it was BloodierAndGorier, HotterAndSexier and generally [[RefugeInAudacity revelled in its own silliness]]. A sequel to the remake, ''Piranha 3DD'', ''Film/Piranha3DD'', was released in 2012.
12th Aug '14 11:18:28 PM Fyrmer
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* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: Genetically-engineered killer piranhas. 'Nuff said.
7th May '14 10:37:06 AM erforce
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* ExecutiveMeddling: The reason why the second movie is as it is.



* HeyItsThatGuy: Dick Miller.
** Young MilaKunis as Paul's daughter in the TV remake.
29th Mar '14 9:07:10 AM erforce
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In many respects a parody of ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', Universal Studios initially threatened to sue until Creator/StevenSpielberg saw it himself and loved it. In 1981 it got itself a sequel titled ''Piranha II: The Spawning'' in which the piranhas ''fly'' and which happens to be the directorial debut of none other than...... *drumroll* ...... [[spoiler:[[Creator/JamesCameron JAMES CAMERON!!!!!!]]]]

Well, sort of. The sequel endured massive behind-the-scenes turmoil and repeated re-edits, and how much of the above individual's work actually made it into the final project is open to debate (rumor has it that said individual at one point attempted to ''break into the studio'' either to salvage or ''destroy'' the film). Whoever is ultimately responsible, the sequel is jaw-droppingly, gut-bustingly, {{Narm}}-tastically bad; [[spoiler:Cameron]] at least has enough of a sense of humor to have said for the record that it's the [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative finest "flying piranha" movie ever made]].

Midway through the filming, the director (or at least the credited one) had a nightmare; the result of that nightmare was ''[[spoiler:TheTerminator]]''. So at least something good came out of this.

The first film was rather pointlessly remade as a [[MadeForTVMovie TV movie]] in 1995, most notable for starring a young MilaKunis and for [[StockFootage reusing footage]] from the original film.

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In many respects a parody of ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', Universal Studios initially threatened to sue until Creator/StevenSpielberg saw it himself and loved it. In 1981 it got itself a sequel titled ''Piranha II: The Spawning'' ''Film/PiranhaPartTwoTheSpawning'' in which the piranhas ''fly'' and which happens to be the directorial debut of none other than...... *drumroll* ...... [[spoiler:[[Creator/JamesCameron JAMES CAMERON!!!!!!]]]]

Well, sort of. The sequel endured massive behind-the-scenes turmoil and repeated re-edits, and how much of the above individual's work actually made it into the final project is open to debate (rumor has it that said individual at one point attempted to ''break into the studio'' either to salvage or ''destroy'' the film). Whoever is ultimately responsible, the sequel is jaw-droppingly, gut-bustingly, {{Narm}}-tastically bad; [[spoiler:Cameron]] at least has enough of a sense of humor to have said for the record that it's the [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative finest "flying piranha" movie ever made]].

Midway through the filming, the director (or at least the credited one) had a nightmare; the result of that nightmare was ''[[spoiler:TheTerminator]]''. So at least something good came out of this.

The first film was rather pointlessly remade as a [[MadeForTVMovie TV movie]] in 1995, most notable for starring a young MilaKunis Creator/MilaKunis and for [[StockFootage reusing footage]] from the original film.



* OldShame: ''Piranha II'' for a certain [[Creator/JamesCameron "king of the world".]]
** Yet Mr. Cameron calls it the finest "Flying Killer Fish" movie ever made.



* PropRecycling: The "flying piranha" mechanics were later reused in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' as the moving facehuggers.
29th Mar '14 4:33:46 AM erforce
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* TheresNoBInMovie: In the original movie some guard watches ''The Monster That Challenged the World'' from 1957.
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23rd Feb '14 12:16:08 PM m8e
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A more notable [[ThreeDMovie 3D]] remake, ''Film/Piranha3D'', eventually arrived in summer 2010, directed by AlexandreAja. Shifting the action to Lake Victoria and ditching the GovernmentConspiracy set-up in favour of an equally implausible plot involving prehistoric versions of the eponymous fish, it was BloodierAndGorier, HotterAndSexier and generally [[RefugeInAudacity revelled in its own silliness]]. A sequel to the remake, ''Piranha 3DD'', was released in 2012.

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A more notable [[ThreeDMovie 3D]] remake, ''Film/Piranha3D'', eventually arrived in summer 2010, directed by AlexandreAja.Creator/AlexandreAja. Shifting the action to Lake Victoria and ditching the GovernmentConspiracy set-up in favour of an equally implausible plot involving prehistoric versions of the eponymous fish, it was BloodierAndGorier, HotterAndSexier and generally [[RefugeInAudacity revelled in its own silliness]]. A sequel to the remake, ''Piranha 3DD'', was released in 2012.
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