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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
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"I was replaced after two-and-a-half weeks by the Italian producer. He just fired me and took over, which is what he wanted to do when he hired me. It wasn't until much later that I even figured out what had happened. It was like, "Oh, man, I thought I was doing a good job." But when I saw what they were cutting together, it was horrible. And then the producer wouldn't take my name off the picture because [contractually] they couldn't deliver it with an Italian name. So they left me on, no matter what I did. I had no legal power to influence him from Pomona, California, where I was sleeping on a friend's couch. I didn't even know an attorney. In actual fact, I did some directing on the film, but I don't feel it was my first movie."
James Cameron on "directing" Piranha II: The Spawning.
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This sequel to the 1978 Piranha completely loses the fun, campy spirit of the original and is a poorly conceived mess of a film. I'm sure James Cameron did not have the freedom or control that he has had on films that followed and that this is not a reflection of his talents as a director.
The premise of the film about flying Piranha at a Caribbean resort is just too ridiculous but it seems to take itself seriously rather than poking fun at itself.
Cameron's "The Terminator" would only come a few years later putting him on the map and making this early film debut, a little noticed footnote in the Academy Award winning director' career.
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