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Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :

There's something in the water at Lost River Lake.
Something you can't see...something you can't feel...until it's too late!

Just watched Piranha and i loved it.
It has all the Joe Dante movie ingredients:
Cool scary scenes, some funny moments, great characters and D1ck Miller.

Bradford Dillman and Heather Menzies were good in the title roles.
The co-stars include Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn, Barbara Steele, Paul Bartel and Belinda Balanski.


Once again Universal Studios attempted to sue New World for spoofing Jaws.
However, Steven Spielberg saw the movie in advance and loved it. After that, Universal dropped the lawsuit.

I laughed in the beginning of the movie when we see Menzies´ character playing Jaws arcade game,
maybe Spielberg found that also funny.

Piranha (1978) trailer

Any Piranha fans here?

Next: Piranha Part Two: The Spawning


[ 26. April 2012, 04:51: Message edited by: aTomiK ]
Posted by JAY LEE (Member # 6345) on :
Piranha fan, reporting for duty [Smile]

I love this stupid movie, and even enjoy the even stupider (is that a word?) sequel!

Joe D is the man!
Posted by HarryCanyon (Member # 9143) on :
YES loved the original movie since i was a kid in the 80's when i rented it on video and the sequel sucked *** despite being James Cameron's debut and the 1995 cable remake sucked too for it was just re-inserting footage from the original into the film.

Piranha 3D was tons of fun for being a proper remake without re-inserting clips from the old movie but something fresh and new added.
Posted by logan5 (Member # 1467) on :
I don't know... always seemed a bit fishy to me!

Fun movie. Dante is a king.
Posted by Lovers with Cassie (Member # 7794) on :
I own a copy of Piranha on DVD.

I have liked it from when I first saw it as a child.

It definitely is a relishable film.
Posted by Bernie_Lomax (Member # 8571) on :
I am pretty sure I remember watching this as a kid and I think I liked it. I might have to check it out again.

Hey Cassie, slightly off topic here but there are not many Ozzies on the board. Do you remember a 1982 Oz movie called Fast Talking? It was pretty good but nobody I have ever met has ever seen it.
Posted by skatexedge (Member # 5712) on :
Check it out here for free. I love this movie and the remake!
Posted by Zach (Member # 9459) on :
Deja vu! I just watched Piranha about two weeks ago, courtesy of the excellent Shout! Factory release from a couple years ago. As a fan of Joe Dante and nature gone berserk movies, I was not disappointed.

There's so many great things about the original Piranha, including but not limited to:

Convincing piranha attacks (Shooting them in a succession of quick cuts, combined with Pino Donaggio's score, added to the suspense for me).

A usually witty script by John Sayles

The aforementioned score by Pino Donaggio

Solid chemistry between the two leads. Even though their characters are total opposites - the gruff individualist (Bradford Dillman, who was equally terrific in Bug) and the spunky investigator (Heather Menzies) - yet it's their contrasting personalities that make them a fine pair

A truly eclectic supporting cast - Kevin McCarthy, Barbara Steele, D-i-c-k Miller (Not sure why his first name keeps getting censored when I preview my post), Belinda Belaski, Paul Bartel, Keenan Wynn, Melody Thomas, Richard Deacon, Bruce Gordon, to name some.

The cameo by the Jaws arcade game. I'm a sucker for appearances by arcade video games in movies.

I can't recommend Piranha enough. If you haven't seen it yet, go get it!
Posted by Bernie_Lomax (Member # 8571) on :
I have been putting it off for a while. Will definitely watch it in the next couple of days. I have not watched it since I was 10 or so.
Posted by The Good Package (Member # 9492) on :
i havent seen pirahana yet, been wanting to.
Posted by Bernie_Lomax (Member # 8571) on :
I watched it today thanks to the link Skate provided.

I remember vaguely that I thought it was alright as a kid but today I just could not get into it. I didn't think much of it at all.
Posted by Zigyma7ik (Member # 12351) on :
I recall watching this and Tintorera the same day. freakn' awesome.
Posted by gotta go back (Member # 9818) on :
Saw it when I was 9 and liked it alot. Kinda reminds me of The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.
Posted by Jakey V (Member # 37348) on :
I saw the remake/reboot a couple of years ago, but it doesn't compare. I thought it would resemble an old Jaws or slasher flick, but I didn't like it as much.
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
Remake is good for a laugh but it's the original all the way for me,it's such good fun!

Pity Joe Dante seems to have lost his touch a bit,his latest burying the ex is meant to be a bit of a stinker [Frown]
Posted by April Fool (Member # 37390) on :
I love this movie. I am Facebook friends with Heather Menzies, and Belinda Balaski.
Posted by April Fool (Member # 37390) on :
This is a great summer movie.

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