Piranha: Roger Corman's Cult Classics
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While searching for missing teenagers, novice skip tracer Maggie McKeown (Heather Menzies) and local town boozer Paul Grogan (Bradford Dillman) stumble upon a top-secret Army laboratory conducting genetic research on piranha fish for the purpose of developing biological warfare. When the deadly eating machines are accidently released from the compound, they are soon headed downstream and consuming everything, and anything, in their path.
* New Anamorphic Widescreen Version (1.85:1)
* Audio Commentary With Director Joe Dante and Producer Jon Davison
* Behind-the-Scenes Footage
* The Making of Piranha Featurette With New Interviews From Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Dick Miller, Belinda Balaski and Many More
* Bloopers and Outtakes
* Piranha Trailer With Commentary by Producer Jon Davison Courtesy of Trailers From Hell
* Stills Gallery With Photos and Posters From Around the World
* Behind-the-Scenes Stills Gallery Featuring Photos From Phil Tippetts Personal Collection
* Additional Scenes From the Network Television Version
* Radio and TV Spots
* New World Trailers
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And yes, even Barbara Steele is in it!
As far as creature features go, any fan of the critter exploitation 'venue MUST own this one.
The sequels, or as some say, the "re-imaginings" are fun too but as part of a different genre I suggest, more sleezy-comedic.
Piranha is Jaws, with beer and pizza and your buddies, and the landlady banging on your door screaming "TURN IT DOWN!"
Have fun, you've earned it.
Director Joe Dante pulls no punches by stating it was no secret ..."we were making a "ripoff" of Jaws..." and it shows in very first scene of movie when star Heather Menzies is playing a "Jaws" video game.
John Sayles (just a year away from penning very good The Lady In Red for Roger Corman too..) wrote PIRANHA with tongue nicely in cheek, sometimes asked to add a scene while on set in Texas himself. He also has small acting role as soldier.
Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) took the part as Doctor Roark replacing Eric Braeden who refused to take role after seeing what film crew did to USC's Olympic swimming pool (made to look like underwater lake...). "I can't go in that water..." He told Director Joe Dante. USC had to drain and "blast" the pool before it could be used again...! Something actually grew in there, Dante added.
Dick Miller is a blatant ripoff of Murray Hamilton's "mayor" character in JAWs. All that was missing from Dick Miller's wardrobe was the cheesy anchors on his suit coat.
Pino Donaggio as composer for a movie of this NON-magnitude was a major coup.
I found it interesting PIRANHA was actually released same time as JAWS 2.
This is B-movie entertainment that was well made (only $660,000...): What you cannot necessarily see from the speedy Piranha attacks is certainly made-up for with those "swarming, ravaging, sound effects." Vicious. And don't worry bloody too, as was the demand of Corman.
Easy, gory 4 star rating with subtle, in-movie-joke humor.
I am not going to go into the plot or the acting, as others can do that. It simply is a lot of movie for the money they had available. And they made it fun to watch. There is a reason this film is considered a classic.
When this movie was released, there was a newspaper strike on the East Coast, so there are actually few written reviews of the movie when it came out.
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even, looks as Bad a VHS Tapes !!!Read more