After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.
A scuba diving instructor, her biochemist boyfriend, and her police chief ex-husband try to link a series of bizarre deaths to a mutant strain of piranha fish whose lair is a sunken freighter ship off a Caribbean island resort.
Ovidio G. Assonitis
The private investigator Maggie McNamara from Lyon Investigation is hired by the wealthy J.R. Randolph to find his niece that has disappeared with her boyfriend. Maggie seeks out the lonely... See full summary »
Scott P. Levy
A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded laboratory rats injected with growth hormones. The small reptile grows gigantic, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage.
Michael V. Gazzo
In this satire on 70s B-movie industry, a young ditsy pretty blond arrives in Hollywood to try her luck as an actress. After some mishap, a shady agent finds her a job with a sleazy B-movie crew plagued by strange deadly accidents.
In the novelization, Brandy dies as well when she jumps in the water after the piranha to avenge Jack. Since she isn't seen again after Jack's body is found, that scene was probably cut from the film. See more »
The water skier is doing his runs on the river. He is wearing a orange life jacket, but when he falls into the water the jacket is yellow. See more »
Are there any other shacks around here?
Cabins! This is a cabin!
Well, are there any more of them? Any place they might be hold up in?
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.
C'mon, let's go.
You're taking me up there.
Oh NO I'm not!
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The title sinks into the pond water at the start, and turns it blood red. Over the end credits, we hear the sound of piranhas swimming in the ocean. The water turns red as well. See more »
Let's face it, it's more fun to see a popcorn movie at the movies than one that's meant to be taken seriously. Not that I'm knocking more serious and socially relevant films, far from it, but the experience of watching a really fun movie with a crowd is like no other. B grade movies sure can be a lot of fun, including those that are obviously trying to cash in on really successful films. 'Jaws' terrified moviegoers and made a killing at the Box Office. Three years later came the first of three sequels, but this was also the year to see the release of one of if not the most popular of the 'Jaws' rip-offs.
Pros: Great cast, fun performances. Nice country scenery. Several good and bloody attack scenes. Moves at a good steady pace. Some suspense. Made with an obvious affection for these type of films. Made with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Nice job on the gore effects. An exciting and gory finale.
Cons: Pretty dated. Some weak spots in the writing. The low budget really shows and keeps the film from reaching the potential of the concept.
Final thoughts: I can imagine this must have been a ton of fun to watch at the drive-in. Still is a treat to watch on the small screen though. Instead of being a b-movie made by people out to make a quick buck, this one was made with heart and by people who cared about their craft. One of the best of it's kind and of the time.
My rating: 4/5
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