3.5/10
5,765
77 user 71 critic

Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981)

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.

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(screenplay) (as H.A Milton), (screenplay) (as H.A. Milton) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Piranha (1978)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

Director: Joe Dante
Stars: Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies-Urich, Kevin McCarthy
Piranha (1995)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

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 »

Director: Scott P. Levy
Stars: William Katt, Alexandra Paul, Monte Markham
Piranha 3DD (2012)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

After the events at Lake Victoria, the pre-historic school of blood-thirsty piranhas make their way into a newly opened waterpark.

Director: John Gulager
Stars: Danielle Panabaker, Ving Rhames, David Hasselhoff
Adventure | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

James Franciscus tries to save hundreds of swimmers in a coastal resort after a Great White Shark starts terrorizing the area.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: James Franciscus, Vic Morrow, Micaela Pignatelli
Monkey Shines (1988)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A quadriplegic man has a trained monkey help him with his paralysis, until the little monkey begins to develop feelings, and rage, against its new master.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil
Jaws 2 (1978)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Stars: Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

In a very old textile mill, with a serious rat infestation, the workers discover a horrifying secret deep in the basement.

Director: Ralph S. Singleton
Stars: David Andrews, Kelly Wolf, Stephen Macht
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

It is the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Maria does not like what is going on during the "Auto De Fe". When she speaks out, she is arrested and accused of being a witch. Torquemada has ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Lance Henriksen, Stephen Lee, William J. Norris
Adventure | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A scam artist tries to sell bogus real estate deals in an area overrun by giant ants.

Director: Bert I. Gordon
Stars: Joan Collins, Robert Lansing, John David Carson
Bad Moon (1996)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

One man's struggle to contain the curse he hides within... and his last-ditch attempt to free himself with the love of family. But when it looks as if he is losing his battle, and ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Red
Stars: Mariel Hemingway, Michael Paré, Mason Gamble
Piranha 3D (2010)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

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.

Director: Alexandre Aja
Stars: Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Richard Dreyfuss
Castle Freak (Video 1995)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A man struggles to save his family from the strange and deadly occurrences in the castle they've inherited.

Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Jonathan Fuller
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
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 ...
Jai
Connie Lynn Hadden ...
Loretta
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
Edit

Storyline

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 <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

piranha | fish | death | beach | party | See All (24) »

Taglines:

The Terror Is Back....But This Time It Flies! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

5 November 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Spawning  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$145,786 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Extended Version)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

While filming in Rome, Grand Cayman and Jamaica, James Cameron had to struggle with a crew made up of Italians who didn't speak English. See more »

Goofs

Obvious dummy when Ann goes into the wreck and the supposedly dead diver floats down on top of her. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Half Baked (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

"Guess who's coming to dinner?"
10 October 2005 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

If you guessed Sidney Poitier you'd be wrong. So begins James Cameron's fascination with water. And what humble beginnings they are. Cameron would probably like to forget this one, because it is sadly less perfect than Dante's original. In Piranha II: The Spawning you're no longer safe outside the water. This time they can fly. Now, with a premise like that you expect certain things. Evil, flying, man-eating fish just begs for comedy. But I assure you, this film is never played for laughs; and that's its downfall. Dante's Piranha had elements of comedy in it and this one should have followed suit (especially with flying fish!!!). Make-up legend Giannetto De Rossi did the effects for the film, however, the picture quality on the VHS I was watching was so muddled I couldn't appreciate them. The fish themselves are still accompanied by that menacing sound effect, so they still have that going for them. Unless you're a hardcore Lance Henriksen/James Cameron fan, I'd say you can miss this one.


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Perfectly watchable spookycopter
Japanese Version/Directors Cut luciofulci-1
' 'The Spawning' is the finest flying killer fish movie ever made.' blueyoda
Available on DVD at Big Lots for $2 TMasson26
How does it end? skulldogg05
ok i ..... johanwictorsson
Discuss Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?