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Piranha (1978)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  3 August 1978 (USA)
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When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

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When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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Then... you were shocked by the great white shark - Now... you are at the mercy of 1000 jaws! See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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3 August 1978 (USA)  »

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PiraƱa  »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

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SEK 1,585,673 (Sweden)
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Trivia

A waitress from the Holiday Inn where the director and crew were staying stood in for Heather Menzies during the topless shots because Menzies was concerned that her husband might not approve of the nude scene. See more »

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Looking at the Commanding Officers ribbons, they are up side down. However, they are turned over in his next close up. See more »

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Maggie McKeown: Are there any other shacks around here?
Paul Grogan: Cabins! This is a cabin!
Maggie McKeown: Well, are there any more of them? Any place they might be hold up in?
Paul Grogan: There's an old fella named Jack who has a place downriver, but he woundn't treat any hospitality towards them. Oh, and there was some kind of Army test site way up on top of the mountain. But that closed down five, six years ago.
Maggie McKeown: C'mon, let's go.
Paul Grogan: To where?
Maggie McKeown: You're taking me up there.
Paul Grogan: Oh NO I'm not!
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I always enjoy a river horror.
2 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

I like horror movies that happen along or in rivers. Not that there are many "Shock Waves" and "Empire of the Ants" are the only two that come to mind right now. I do not know why, something about the scenery maybe? This movie is of course about piranha released in a river by two people who should not have been messing around a facility. Of course, if they did what they were supposed to do then there would be no movie. This movie was obviously trying to capitalize on the success of "Jaws", but for me it worked. The piranha are slowly making their way down the river and along the way they run into some kids at camp and this resort place. No one believes that they are coming, but that is the way it is in these movies. A sequel would come later and it would be directed by a then unknown James Cameron and it would be awful and a bit boring. Another piranha movie would be made by Roger Corman in the 90's, but it is essentially the same movie as this only not as good.


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