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Piranha II: The Spawning (1982)

Tricia O'Neil , Steve Marachuk , James Cameron  |  R |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tricia O'Neil, Steve Marachuk, Lance Henriksen, Ricky Paull, Leslie Graves
  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Taiwanese Chinese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007JZUQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,045 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Club Elysium may seem like paradise but, just offshore, a new breed of terror has been unleashed and no one is safe from its savage, insatiable hunger. In the tradition of Anaconda comes a razor-sharp tale of mutant monsters from the deep, directed by James Cameron. While investigating the mysterious death of a diver, scuba instructor Anne Kimbrough (Tricia O'Neal), makes a horrific discovery: Piranha-like fish, with wings that enable them to fly, are responsible. As the body count rises, Anne desperately tries to convince the resort's manager to call off the annual fish fry on the beach -- but he's determined to give his guests the ultimate "feeding frenzy." Packed with suspense, amazing special effects, and featuring a heroic performance by Lance Henriksen, Piranha II: The Spawning willdrench you in waves of cold, biting fear.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Jim Cameron's words: "Not my movie!" December 22, 2009
Though Pirahna II is generally considered by many to be Jim Cameron's directorial debut because he is the credited director, he has said it really isn't his work and doesn't consider it part of his filmography.

Yes, he was the director of sorts on-set for part of the shoot (generally the first part, not the more lurid stuff with the penthouse girls). But the real reason Italian producer Ovidio Assonitis brought him on was because his production deal with Warner Bros. stipulated that he must have an American director (or in the case of Cameron, Canadian, which I guess was close enough) to offset Assonitis' less-commercial "European" sensibilities. Assonitis unceremoniously fired Cameron from the pic halfway through and shot the more racy elements himself.

Legend has it that upon seeing the final lurid Assonitis cut of the film, Cameron attempted to recut it in secret, but the producer found out and barred Cameron from doing this, releasing a final cut that Cameron abhorred.

There is no known "Cameron cut" of this film available, and though it is regarded as a curiosity due to Cameron's limited involvement, it really cannot be viewed as much more than that.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flying killer fish? Hey, why not? February 15, 2004
"The greatest film about flying Piranha ever made". Well, Jim Cameron definetly called it right on this one. About as "guilty" as guilty pleasures get, this stubborn but very watchable "mother nature run amok" B-movie will probably best be known as the directorial debut of James Cameron who would later go on to make a couple of small unknown indie films called Terminator 2 and Titanic.

This name-only sequel to the Roger Corman cult classic has a rather silly premise involving a strand of mutated killer piranha with the ability to fly who are terrorizing an island resort. Of course, the resort's diving instructor (Tricia O'Neil) wants to close down the water activities but her boss isn't having it. Her estranged husband, the island's law enforcement (a young Lance Henriksen) is skeptical at first but when dead bodies keep piling up, he starts thinking otherwise.

"Piranha II" is no Jaws in any way but it gets the job done as far as "late night creature features" are concerned. The special effects leave a lot to be desired as we get to see actors battle with fish on a string but it's all in good fun. The DVD has no added special features and is only available in its full-frame format.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The first one was good, but this one is horrible! February 5, 2010
By Amber
I enjoyed the original Piranha movie, so when I saw this one in the store, and that it was directed by James Cameron, I thought it would be good. I was wrong. Most of this movie was filled with sex, naked women, and people with major personality disorders. Normally I don't have a problem with the nude scenes in horror films, having decided that it is something the directors/producers feel they must do, but the frequency of these nude/sex scenes detracted from the rest of the film. I found myself spending most of the movie wishing the piranhas would eat everyone but the boy and his mom. It's really kind of pathetic when you find yourself cheering for the 'monsters'. The special effects (in a manner of speaking) were ok for the time, but nothing spectacular. Some of the actors were above average, but most were definitely C or D list. In short, this film has nothing going for it but the naked women, if that is what you like. I say skip this one and just watch the original. I know I will never watch this movie again. It had a fairly good concept that fell apart almost immediately.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By brownie
Piranha Part 2 The Spawning: Movie Review

Grade: F

Seeing as this was director James Cameron's movie debut, I had high hopes for this film, along with its awesome-sounding plot. But, even from the director who would later go on to make other much better sequels like Terminator 2 - Judgment Day (Extreme DVD) and Aliens (Two-Disc Collector's Edition), and the mega-blockbuster Titanic (10th Anniversary Edition), this film apparently fell into the wrong hands. (You can tell the fish are on strings! Strings!!!)

Now that awesome-sounding plot I told you about? Piranhas are genetically bred with a species flying fish, making the ultimate flying/undersea killer. Now that killer, a huge swarm of them, is loose in the ocean waters near a popular resort, and they soon start picking off the local vacationers. Sounds cool, but looks can be deceiving.
There are problems and plot holes in just about every scene in Piranha 2, and the movie just ends up looking downright pathetic in the end. You meet characters that have nothing to do with the movie, ("You're a doctor?" "No...I'm a dentist..." What?! That scene has nothing to do with the movie!!!!) seriously taking away from the action. It's almost as if they are just there to make the movie longer, because without them the movie would be only about an hour and ten minutes, and the Piranhas are only actually in about five of them. You know what that leaves us with?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
it is an okay movie
Published 1 month ago by Misty Sawyers
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
way too cheesey even for me
Published 4 months ago by LuckyLady5
3.0 out of 5 stars action
Watched this movie, and found it was very much full of action. If you like these kind of films, this is one to watch
Published 8 months ago by Jade
2.0 out of 5 stars Sucked
This movie was kind of a joke for a sci-fi classic. I actually ended up taking and re selling it.
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Published 13 months ago by Paperbackstash
3.0 out of 5 stars Spawning trouble
Pleasant outing feature sequel to the cult classically loved feature Piranha, although this plays like The Love Boat with many tangled funny soap opera relationships. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Robert
1.0 out of 5 stars Really stupid
When I consider the quality of Science fiction it should have a certain amount of reality to make the other parts somewhat convincing. Read more
Published 17 months ago by SWL
3.0 out of 5 stars bday gift
gave to a friend for his bday. he liked it. not sure what it follows although im assuming piranha 1?
Published 18 months ago by erika01930
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
i thought the film was good.. 1 of my fav special ffx artists of all time gino de rossi.. hbtc, 7 doors of death, ect
Published 19 months ago by bruno cardelli
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