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Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Romance  |  5 November 1982 (USA)
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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tricia O'Neil ...
Anne Kimbrough
Steve Marachuk ...
Tyler Sherman
Police Chief Steve Kimbrough (as Lance Henricksen)
Chris Kimbrough (as Ricky G. Paull)
Ted Richert ...
Raoul, Hotel Manager
Leslie Graves ...
Allison Dumont
Carole Davis ...
Connie Lynn Hadden ...
Arnie Ross ...
Mal the Cook
Tracey Berg ...
Beverly (as Tracy Berg)
Albert Sanders ...
Leo Bell, D.D.S.
Anne Pollack ...
Mrs. Wilson
Hildy Magnasun ...
Myrna Benotti
Phil Colby ...
Ralph Benotti
Lee Krug ...
Ron 'Ronny', the Lifeguard


A sunken US supply ship off a Caribbean island resort is the focus for a series of mysterious piranha attacks. Investigating the death of one of her son's companions after a scuba-diving trip, Anne Kimbrough breaks into the morgue with holidaymaker Tyler Sherman, only to discover that the fish have wings and can fly. But the hotel manager refuses to call off the annual fish fry on the beach, with inevitable consequences... Written by Michael Brooke <>

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Can't believe it happened...
20 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

...the flying piranha special effect (is it a special effect?!), it has to be one of the worst moments in cinema history!.

Pros: it has hot girls in bikinis. That's it. Cons: a dumb plot, horrible special effects -the flying piranhas say it all-, a bad score, a bad cinematography, bad acting. It's even worse that the original "Piranha": This one didn't even try to be a good horror movie. I wonder what's James Cameron opinion about this movie, I'm sure he's not proud of it. Avoid this one, watch JAWS instead.

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