Monday, April 19, 2010
It's one of the most perplexing franchises in cinema. Hell, the PIRANHA films aren't even a proper franchise. The 1978 original was itself a satire, and spawned (heh) a single sequel (entitled, appropriately enough, PIRANHA 2: THE SPAWNING), but the subsequent films have all been remakes. Or, in the case of the fresh offering MEGA PIRANHA, a delirious and inspired rip-off. Dig it:
Unsurprisingly there are a number of similarities between all of these films. Many films from producer Roger Corman have served as springboards for notable talents, and the PIRANHA films are no exception: the 1978 original helped put makeup/FX artists Rob Bottin and Phil Tippett on the map, and it was the high-profile filmmaking debut of Joe Dante, as well (and Dante rode the crazy momentum of the film to become one of Hollywood's most subversive genre craftsmen). And PIRANHA 2: THE SPAWNING is notable as the first film directed by one James Cameron, whose new movie you might have seen.
With the trailer for PIRANHA 3-D (it was only a matter of time) making the rounds, the time is right to take in other films in the series. Jaman has you partly covered, and we're pleased to offer the mid-90s PIRANHA to viewers around the world. Enjoy!