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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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They're here...Hungry for flesh! Who can stop them? See more »

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3 August 1978 (USA)  »

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$600,000 (estimated)

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SEK 1,585,673 (Sweden)
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Trivia

In one if the scenes a girl is seen reading Moby Dick, this story is also about a marine animal attacking people. See more »

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In several of the "summer" camp scenes it is clearly early spring. Many of the trees still have no leaves. See more »

Quotes

Dumont: People eat fish, Grogan. Fish don't eat people.
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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 »

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Referenced in Father Ted: Grant Unto Him Eternal Rest (1995) See more »

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Drive-in, b-movie fun at it's finest
27 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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