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|Seller Notes:||“Box, cover art in & out as well as DVD in like new pristine condition.”|
|Director:||Joe Danté||Region Code:||DVD: 1 (US, Canada...)|
|Rating:||R||Edition:||Collector's Edition, Widescreen, Special Edition|
|Modified Item:||No||Brand:||Shout! Factory|
|Former Rental:||No||Leading Role:||Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies-Urich, Kevin McC|
|"Operation Razorteeth," a government project involving the breeding of mutant piranhas, gets way out of hand when the fish raid a lake at a summer camp for kids in this Roger Corman-produced, Joe Dante-directed classic. Heather Menzies stars as Maggie McKeown, an insurance investigator out to trace a missing teenage couple who have disappeared in the woods. With the help of a drunken recluse, Paul Grogan (Bradford Dillman), they come across a supposedly deserted army base inhabited by Dr. Robert Hoak (Kevin McCarthy) who has been breeding the deadly fish in secret. In their hunt for the missing couple McKeown and Grogan drain the army pool, unleashing millions of mutant piranhas into the lake of a nearby children's summer camp and a newly opened tourist resort. Smart exploitation with a ludicrous and clever script co-written by John Sayles, this drive-in answer to JAWS is full of film references and plenty of B-movie thrills (gore and nudity). PIRANHA is the kind of movie they don't make anymore--and better yet--it holds up well.|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||84146293|
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|Leading Role||Kevin Mccarthy, Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies|
|Number of Discs||1|
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Does for lakes and rivers what “Jaws” did for oceans and beaches.
Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” is one of the most influential horror films ever made. Not only did it invent the modern blockbuster, but it also spawned a handful of imitators such as the film I’ll be reviewing today. Joe Dante’s breakthrough chiller “Piranha” is darn good one with its sophisticated film references and Phil Tippett’s handmade gore effects. A perky investigator (Heather Menzies) journeys to Lost River Lake in order to locate a missing teenage couple. So she teams with a drunken townie (Bradford Dillman) to lead her, and they discover an abandoned army base inhabited by a reclusive doctor (Kevin McCarthy) who has been running a top secret project that can raise mutant piranhas for the tenacity of increasing biological warfare. As the killer fish are accidently released into the lake, hilarity and ferocity ensues. I will say “Piranha” is not your usual Roger Corman production. Sure it’s a low-budget B-Movie but there’s much more than that. With a nonsensical and crafty script co-written by future director John Sayles, Dante pulls no punches when it comes to combining good-natured thrills with black humor. Something that can be traced in his future films such as “The Howling” and “Gremlins.” The cast alone is an exploitation film lover’s dream. Although the delectable Menzies and the serviceable Dillman are alright as the leads, McCarthy and Corman regular Dick Miller steal the movie pleasingly as the doctor and a money-grubbing resort owner. Director Paul Bartel is also a laugh riot as a smug camp counselor who has some attitude. And it’s great to see Barbara Steele in this film as well. “Piranha” does for lakes and rivers what “Jaws” did for oceans and beaches. Forget the creatively-bankrupt 3-D remake and spend some quality time with this one.
Great B movie
I remember this movie from my youth. Yes it's Corny and yes it's campy. That is what makes it great. Plus I remembered from my youth one full frontal shot and quite a few natural boobs. lol. In my youth those were important. Great blast from the past.
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