Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981) Poster


Credit for directing this film was given to James Cameron. Most of the work was actually performed by Ovidio G. Assonitis, the film's producer and prolific film-maker. Assonitis was dissatisfied with Cameron's progress after the first week and took over. According to "Dreaming Aloud," a biography of James Cameron by Christopher Heard, Cameron did do the shooting for this movie, but was not allowed to see his footage and was not involved in editing. He broke into the editing room and cut his own version, but was caught and Assonitis re-cut it again.
One of only two James Cameron films not to be scored by James Horner or Brad Fiedel. Stelvio Cipriani (as Steve Powder) did the score for this film.
James Cameron's directorial debut, though due to reasons cited above, he personally does not consider it as such.
The concept of "flying piranhas" was an idea of a Warner Bros. executive.
It was during the Rome release of this movie in which James Cameron grew ill and had a dream about a metallic torso dragging itself from an explosion while holding kitchen knives, which gave Cameron the idea for The Terminator (1984).
In an interview, James Cameron said, "I believe 'The Spawning' was the finest flying piranha movie ever made."
The piranhas in this sequel developed an additional skill which they did not have in Piranha (1978). They could fly.
In an interview, James Cameron said this movie gets better halfway through when seen at the drive-in with a six pack of beer.
Ovidio Assonitis was set to produce a third entry in the Piranha series in the early 1990s but the proposed third entry was never materialized.
James Cameron's name remained on the picture despite being fired as the film was contractually obliged to have an American name cited as director.
The original director was Miller Drake, Roger Corman's head of post-production. He was swiftly removed by producer Ovidio G. Assonitis.

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