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.
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
Although implied by the film, the novelization confirms that Paul and Maggie slept together while Hoak is their prisoner. See more »
When Dr. Robert Hoak drives away in the Jeep, the tires make squealing sounds, as if it was driving on asphalt, when in fact it was a gravel road. 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 FBI warning at the end of the credits ends with the phrase "So There." Producer Jon Davison used the same joke for the FBI warning in his later picture "Airplane." See more »
I give "Piranha" a fairly high rating not because it's a great movie (like "Jaws") but because of its high entertainment value -- it's just a FUN ride!
The film was recorded along a river near San Marcos in the heart of Texas (Northeast of San Antonio). It's highlighted by numerous peripheral cuties with the alluring Belinda Balaski (from "The Howling") and Melody Thomas Scott (from "The Young and the Restless") featured in fairly prominent roles.
"Piranha" is widely (and inexplicably) available at a very low price and is well worth it. Enjoy!
The movie is lean and filler-free at 92 minutes.
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