Piranha (DVD)

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Man has meddled with mother nature and the result is not only deadly... it's voracious! With a clever screenplay by John Sayles from a story by Richard Robinson, director Joe Dante creates an eerie and devilishly fun tale of mutant piranhas terrorising a local swimming hole. On an inviting, tranquil evening, two venturesome teenagers take a moonlit skinny-dip in the inviting waters of Lost River Lake... little did they know they would quickly become fish food for a hungry school of man-eating piranha!

Their deaths prompt an investigation that reveals a governmental cover-up of a top secret experiment called Operation Razorteeth. And it only gets worse. These insatiable, gilled monsters are heading downstream where a newly opened summer resort will give them a smorgasbord of tasty vacationers, unless a brave outdoorsman (Bradford Dillman) and a sharp, beautiful investigator (Heather Menzies) can stop their deadly spawn... for good.

Product Details

Barcode
6003805025524
Department
Movies & TV
Released
1 Jan 2003
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Horror
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Studio
MGM
Runtime
90 min
Age Restriction
13 V
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Piranha
Release Year
1978
Running Time
92 min
Language
English
Categories
Horror/Suspense / Animals / Fish / Killer / Mutants / Science Fiction / Science-Fiction / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
"Operation Razorteeth," a government project involving the breeding of mutant piranhas, gets way out of hand when the fish raid a lake at a summer camp for kids in this Roger Corman-produced, Joe Dante-directed classic. Heather Menzies stars as Maggie McKeown, an insurance investigator out to trace a missing teenage couple who have disappeared in the woods. With the help of a drunken recluse, Paul Grogan (Bradford Dillman), they come across a supposedly deserted army base inhabited by Dr. Robert Hoak (Kevin McCarthy) who has been breeding the deadly fish in secret. In their hunt for the missing couple McKeown and Grogan drain the army pool, unleashing millions of mutant piranhas into the lake of a nearby children's summer camp and a newly opened tourist resort. Smart exploitation with a ludicrous and clever script co-written by John Sayles, this drive-in answer to JAWS is full of film references and plenty of B-movie thrills (gore and nudity). PIRANHA is the kind of movie they don't make anymore--and better yet--it holds up well.
Cast & Crew
Director
Joe Dante
Star
Belinda Balaski / Bradford Dillman / Bruce Gordon / Kevin McCarthy / Heather Menzies / Dick Miller / Shawn Nelson / Barbara Steele / Melody Thomas / Keenan Wynn
Screenwriter
John Sayles
Composer
Pino Donaggio
Executive Producer
Roger Corman / Jeff Schectman
Producer
Jon Davison
Director of Photography
Jamie Anderson
Editor
Mark Goldblatt
Production Designer
Bill Milling
Movie Critics
Total Film
"...A surprisingly effective gag-barrel of B-movie cliches and JAWS guffaws....It's a reminder of when Hollywood could laugh at itself with unself-conscious glee..."
Andy Lowe (1 Aug 2000, p.102)
Variety
"...This is one film where the fish win...Menzies is attractively competent..."
Poll. (2 Aug 1978, )