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.
Doctor Baines has been conducting genetic experiments on piranhas and has made them virtually unstoppable. Unfortunately, his assistants, Maggie and Paul, accidentally release the hybrids ... See full summary »
Scott P. Levy
In this sequel to Sharktopus, two Piranhacondas hunt down their stolen egg. The scientist who stole the egg hitchikes the island and meets up with a movie crew on-set of filming. The star, ... See full summary »
Lake Victoria's annual Spring party by 50,000 young revelers is about to turn into a feeding frenzy with prehistoric hunger-pains. With knee-trembler's above the waves and tremors below, released from their dormant sleep, thousands upon thousands of flesh-eating nippers are released into the lake with whetted appetites and razor-sharp teeth. With a motley crew of strangers thrown together to defend these shores, it is now up to them to prevent the largest eat-out in human, and piranha, history. Written by
Production was originally slated to begin in late 2008, but was delayed until March 2009. See more »
Although it is very likely that prehistoric piranha trapped in an underground lake evolving over millions of years in complete darkness would, like many deep sea creatures, have vestigial eyes, be true albinos (colorless like cave species) and have developed bio-luminescent capabilities, this would not occur without random mutations to the generic code. Unless there is distinct evolutionary pressure (competition, shortage of resources, visibility to predators, etc.), they would not necessarily evolve these changes (and vestigial structures only become as such if specific random mutations occur or there is a major energy cost to maintaining the active structure). However, things that are advantageous when unable to see would have to evolve for them to find prey, so it is realistic that the piranha developed a highly sensitive sense of smell, as is apparent from their swift attraction to blood from a significant distance.
The concept that a top predator could survive for several million years purely by cannibalism without an input of external energy is false. However, they could conceivably have survived if some source of energy was available to fuel the bottom of the food chain. As the underground lake was sealed from sunlight, one possibility is an ecosystem based on geothermal energy. Such ecosystems do, in fact, exist in the benthic zones. So, in theory, at least, the piranhas could have sustained themselves as top predator of a food chain that started with geothermal micro-organisms. See more »
This Movie should be titled differently as it is NOT about Piranha
If this film were to be reedited to shots actually dealing with Piranha it would be a five minute static shot of the prehistoric creature. And if this were done, I would actually be much happier paying to see this five minute version rather than the film I actually viewed. I am a huge fan of this genre, I've watched just about every man eating water monster movie there is, but this movie was a huge let down. No doubt the director went into this movie thinking he had something to add to this genre, in the end he took all features that worked for the genre and tweaked them just enough to bring them to ruin. For instance, "the less is more" aspect of Jaws, wherein you don't see the Shark and blood and gore with each attack actually adds to the film because it leaves room for the imagination, where in this film the gore is so grossly overdone you are desensitized and apathetic. My objection is not due to a weak stomach, but merely it did not work or add to the film. I believe in getting what you pay for, which in this case should have been a movie about Piranha. However, in reality the title for this movie should be "Man Obsessed with Female Anatomy Has a Camera and Money to Burn." And while I didn't go into the movie looking for sophistication, I also didn't think they'd let a teenager going through puberty direct this film. At the very least there should have been a warning in the trailer, so that people don't waste their money and time.
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