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Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981) Poster

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In an interview, James Cameron said this movie gets better halfway through when seen at the drive-in with a six pack of beer.
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.
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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).
James Cameron's directorial debut, though due to reasons cited above, he personally does not consider it as such.
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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.
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In an interview, James Cameron said, "I believe 'The Spawning' was the finest flying piranha movie ever made."
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The concept of "flying piranhas" was an idea of a Warner Bros. executive.
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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.
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Ovidio G. Assonitis was set to produce a third entry in the Piranha series in the early 1990s but the proposed third entry was never materialized.
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James Cameron reused the flying piranha effects in Aliens (1986) for the face-huggers.
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The piranhas in this sequel developed an additional skill which they did not have in Piranha (1978). They could fly.
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One of a cycle of 1980s and mid-late 1970s movies that got made after the box-office success of Jaws (1975). The films include that movie's three sequels, Jaws 2 (1978), Jaws 3-D (1983), and Jaws: The Revenge (1987), as well as Orca (1977), Piranha (1978), Tentacles (1977), Killer Fish (1979), Barracuda (1978), Tintorera: Killer Shark (1977), Blood Beach (1980), Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981), The Last Shark (1981), Up from the Depths (1979), Humanoids from the Deep (1980), Screamers (1979), Devil Fish (1984) and Mako: The Jaws of Death (1976).
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James Cameron described his creative process as "what I'm good at is working with actors to create scenes and then editing they're performances to get the absolute best vibrating version of that scene and then share that with the audience. It's an amazing process to go through. Sometimes you think it's not going to work when you get started and then the characters come to life."
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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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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.
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As of 2015, this is the only film James Cameron has directed that does not have a title starting with the letter T or A.
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