A hideous death lurked unseen in the river...
When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.
When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.
Bradford Dillman Heather Menzies Kevin McCarthy Keenan Wynn Dick Miller Barbara Steele Belinda Balaski Melody Thomas Scott Bruce Gordon Barry Brown Paul Bartel Shannon Collins Shawn Nelson Richard Deacon Janie Squire Roger Richman Bill Smillie Guich Koock Jack Pauleson Eric Henshaw Robert Vinson Virginia Dunnam Diamond Farnsworth Bruce Paul Barbour Robyn Ray Mike Sullivan Jack Cardwell Sally Bondi Eric Braeden Show All…
Piraya, Piraña, Piranhas
Although not as pristine as the other works that he's crafted throughout the years following this, Joe Dante's Piranha is one top-of-the-line creature feature done right even if it took some compelling rationales from the original Jaws film due to its notable achievements at the box office back in '75.
Using genetically-modified piranhas as the prime wretches for the film, Dante truly knew what he was going for with this one as he efficiently implements his signature wittiness in this to give it more of his distinct edge in essence, and on top that, properly distributes in an earnest tone that balances both horror and comedy in extensive details as the detrimental piranhas here do what they do best -…
I did increase my rating a tiny bit just now, but I still wish this was more over-the-top. I think it could have used some of that good 'ol severed limb action or perhaps more importantly, extra bewbs! Hell, even if they had just given me a tiny bit more of that little stop-motion creature that we saw early on in the movie, this would have easily been 3,5 stars!
A solid, but rather tame affair.
Watching this with Michelle was a lot of fun however!
Piranha is one enjoyable flesh chewing fish jam and I love how Joe Dante was able to effortlessly fit in a curious little Harryhausen-esque lab creature who only appears in one scene and yet it’s totally believable (and also adorable)
Dante’s sense of humor shines even early on in his career, mixing a constantly drinking boozed up lead, rafts, speedboats, that cool sound the piranhas make, children getting chewed up, Barbara Steele, bloody Paul Bartel, Dick Miller, a person reading a copy of Moby Dick, John Sayles, excellent pacing, and Kevin McCarthy going classic batshit crazy when we first meet him. Not too shabby for a no budget, super fun, subtly dark, jaws capitalizin’ Corman jam about DEADLY FLESH MUNCHING PIRANHA.
It's almost hard to believe that I had seen Alexandre Aja's Piranha 3D but I had not seen the film that it was spawned from, I'm just as dumbfounded as you may be, trust me.
I really love Joe Dante's sense of humor, especially what's on display in Piranha, it's subtle but it's always present, one of my favorite scenes was when the flawed protagonist calls the camp his daughter is attending to warn them about killer piranhas in the river, the camp is run by Paul Bartel's character who just dismisses the protagonist because he's always drunk, the protagonist angrily hangs up the payphone and with an aggressive annoyance says "He thinks I'm drunk!" The funniest part about this…
Jaws' red-headed stepchild. Mischief. Skinny dippin' in the dark. A full moon. Bloody water. Video games that make the PS4 look like shit. A cool puppy dog. Demian Bichir's twin. Creepy critters. A colossal fuck-up. Grand Theft Auto. Summer camp. A body snatching Doc. Jack's hat. Target practice. A magic box. Fishing with dad. The shrinking raft. Fuckin' mutations. Quarantine. The ultimate distraction. A pay-phone. Johnny Law. Campfire tales. Dick fuckin' Miller. Prison break. The ass-hat with a whistle. Inner-tubing fun. A Baywatch-esque rescue. Scuba diving. A hot-shot on skis. Partying at the lake. Lunch time! Counting. A promise kept. Roger Corman + Joe Dante = a fun time in the water.
Quite possibly the best Jaws ripoff I've seen. Gratuitous boobs, graphic murky blood water shots, half-assed government experiment explanation, nonsensical resolution, everything you want in a murder-fish horror movie. Thank you, Joe Dante.
Part of HOOPT🔮BER 6.0: “Must be the Season of the Witch” challenge.
The playful minds behind "Piranha" certainly believe blindly in the idea that without characters making stupid decisions we wouldn't have horror movies. A lot of greed also makes the tragedy even bigger.
Of course the biggest inspiration comes from "Jaws", which also had political corruption as one of the main problems and so many other clear similarities. However, "Piranha" doesn't hide its inspiration, but instead rubs it in our face, proud to be a B-horror movie (Steven Spielberg himself called it "the best of the Jaws rip-offs"). There's even a scene where the protagonist plays a Jaws themed video game.
Most of the jokes work, especially…
Hooptober Fest 5.0
One aquatic menace film
For a movie that so obviously owes its existence to the success of Steven Spielberg's Jaws, Joe Dante's Piranha manages to be considerably more entertaining than 3 out of 4 movies in the Jaws franchise. Sure, there's some Jawsish overtones, but the film is so silly and creative and weird (like, really weird) that it's completely its own unique thing in the world of killer fish movies (or at least it was at the time of its 1978 release).
Joe Dante models his film less off of Spielberg's then-recent summer blockbuster and more so on the 50's creature features, complete with a script by John Sayles that takes a bite…
I really want to like this, but it feels like it's just stuck between two tones. You have Joe Dante directing, but he hasn't quite developed himself as the filmmaker with a campy fun voice like in Gremlins and The Burbs. You also have John Sayles writing, who went on to make a name for himself with dramas like Eight Men Out and Lone Star (though he did write The Howling as well). So it feels like it's a creation between two creative minds who later go in completely different directions.
Even when it wants to be fun, it is pulled back into some serious drama territory, possibly also coming from the fact that it was conceived to capitalize on…
“The best of the Jaws ripoffs” - Steven Spielberg
The videogame being played after the opening credits is Shark Jaws by Atari, released in 1975. Shark Jaws was the first ever movie-based videogame (for Jaws, not Piranha), though it was unlicensed and Atari even hid under a shell corporation called “Horror Games” to avoid a possible lawsuit.
Piranha is often referred to as satire. I hadn’t seen it in many years and didn’t remember it that way. After this rewatch I presume the satire is on the movie Jaws. It certainly steals some of the feeding frenzy scenes and it shares the “fear the water” motif from that classic, but the plot, characters and formula all feel unique to me.…
I always forget how goofy this is. Goofy fun but goofy nontheless. I remember watching this on tv as a youngin and being pretehhh freaked out.
Love the random stop motion monsters in the lab haha. The gore and SFX hold up pretty well and the hectic scenes at the end are pretty classic.
And do piranhas really make that noise when they feed? Sounds like a bunch of horny mogwai. Or is it mogwais. I think it's mogwai.
Great mindless fun to coincide with the summer.
a creature feature that doesn't count towards my lowest rated quest.. practically unheard of. this wasn't too bad at all, and i could see how it's kind of a starting point for some of the other more recent creature feature movies i've seen thus far. it was somewhat boring at times, some of the material didn't age well (misogynistically speaking), and it was a bit more gruesome than i anticipated, but overall it's a fine watch that you don't have to think too hard about. i think this could've benefited from having characters that the viewer cared about and invested in more, though. i think that's what would've taken it from decent to really good. but that's just my humble opinion as a creature feature and shark movie aficionado. take it for what you will.
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Pretty fun Jaws knockoff that's fully aware of how corny it is. Nothing spectacular by any means, but I had a good time with it on first viewing.
Boobs, Bush, & Blood. Sign me up!
This movie was actually a lot better than I thought it was going to be. Would watch again.
if we lived in a world where Jaws didn’t exists my rating would be higher.
A pretty fun time! The horror is effective, focusing on extreme close-up quick cuts and some BRUTAL special effects. The comedy's pretty fun too, with Joe Dante's characteristic absurd visual gags and screwball energy on full display. Once the story kicks off, it has freight train energy and never stops to let you catch your breath. The main issue is that it doesn't quite land the balancing act between the horror and humor. Dante's mean streak is present in other movies, but this movie is nightmarishly mean (especially to kids), and swinging from that to corny screwball comedy feels off. Dante would later perfect his balance of mean and scary, he just had to find his footing first. Still a good movie deserving of your attention if you're a horror-comedy fan!
Decided I was going to double feature Piranha I & II today since I recently got both of them from Scream Factory.
Horror legend Joe Dante’s first real “horror” movie. Like most 70’s horror movies, it’s a slow burn but has some perfectly bloody moments of carnivorous mutated piranhas. The body count by the end of the movie is pretty wild and I loved the cheesiness and B movie effects of it all.
Piranha bellies up a bit in the middle, but finds its feasting fins at the summer camp inner tube, swim competition banquet. The chew count is high with this one - damn!
* stop-motion monster (a mystery never fully explained/explored, but perhaps realized in one of the piranha sequels?)
* underwater moment of the camp counselor pulled away in a ethereal cloud of blood, accompanied by Donaggio melodic phrase
* Kevin Mcarthy, frantic as ever
* the sound effect of the feasting piranha
* a nice-looking light blue CJ sadly rolled for a crash sequence. Also starring a couple of military Willys Jeeps
* hesitant-turned-heroine, Suzie Grogan!
* Barbara Steele
* Marcia Brady lookalike, Heather Menzies
As far as JAWS knockoffs go, this is a pretty decent one!! Hilights of the film include the cute Harryhausen-esque fish monster in the lab that served no purpose to the plot whatsoever & also DICK MILLER!!!!
Tbh, for a Roger Corman film called Piranha, I was expecting a little more gore! Don't get me wrong, we got some gore, but Piranhas are literally known for their ravenous frenzies, go big or go home in the blood-n-guts department!
Also, the place where the Piranhas attack is Aquerena Springs?!?! Like San Marcos, TX's Aquerena Springs?!?!?!!!! They even mentioned the swimming pig!! I guess that gets this movie the southern gothic tag.
I wanna give Joe Dante a wet sloppy kiss on the mouth.
Gremlins but in water, Piranha is a fun comedy horror film that has me questioning it's choices like what was with the claymation creature? I really wanted to know more about that but nothing came of it. Besides that I noticed that a lot of the people in this movie don't like taking their limbs out of the water, it's not that hard just take them out your not in the water only your arm is just pull it out. The piranhas look decent and the biting attacks look okay, but what I really like is the comedy that is funny bad, you can't hate it for being terrible.
“They called it Operation Razorteeth.”
I’m caught in a weird place with Piranha. It’s a solid B movie and better than it has any right to be. I find the low-budget special effects endearing and occasionally unironically effective. The characters are simple but entertaining. And the story is about as basic as you would expect while still being told well. It also certainly got some laughs out of me.
However, for many reasons, I didn’t enjoy the last half as much as I hoped. I didn’t get the guilt-free fun I wanted. I go back to the 2010 remake, which admittedly has a ton of its own problems. But I can say that I unequivocally laugh my way through the…
A camp counselor like that would never make it in today’s society with Karen’s
Mais um dos muitos filmes lançados para aproveitar o imenso sucesso de tubarão (1975). Roteiro raso, repleto de clichês e personagens estereotipados e caricatos, o longa tinha tuda para ser péssimo, porém, surpreendentemente funciona. Com baixo orçamento, o diretor, inteligentemente, opta por mais sugerir do que mostrar os ataques das piranhas. Utilizando uma edição com cortes rápidos, muitos planos sendo mostrados em poucos segundos e muito "sangue" na água para maquiar os ataques, juntamente com uma trilha sonora espetacular criam cenas extremamente tensas e agonizantes, causando desconforto desejado para este tipo de obra.
Um filme B, que segue rigorosamente a receita criada pelo "primo rico", mas sem os mesmos recursos, mesmo assim, consegue entregar um "cardápio" bem simples, porém, muito bem "temperado". Sim, com certeza, um guilty pleasure!!!
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As it reads on the tin.