Monday, October 11, 2010

Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981)

Director: James Cameron

Starring: Tricia O'Neil, lance Henriksen

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The Terror Is Back....But This Time It Flies!

Plot: A scuba diving instructor, her biochemist boyfriend, and her police chief ex-husband try to link a series of bizarre deaths to a mutant strain of piranha fish whose lair is a sunken freighter ship off a Caribbean island resort.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? Shit, why not?

OK, look. It's a sequel to the low budget Roger Corman-produced PIRANHA (1978) and they've upped the ante by making the piranha live in salt water AND FLY! What would you expect from a movie like this? That is was James Cameron's directorial debut is just icing on the cake. It's actually pretty good considering. It's got everything you'd expect from a horror movie of that era, nudity, gore and great kills by FLYING FUCKING PIRANHA!!!

And the women! WOW!

Wait! What the fuck is she doing in this picture?

The effects of the FLYING FUCKING PIRANHA (!!!) are pretty damn good. Hell, they're great! I'm glad they kept the cool piranha sounds from the first movie. It's got a story that's just crazy enough to work and the pacing's good enough that you won't be bored - especially when watching this with friends and liquor. There's plenty to keep you interested until the final FLYING FUCKING PIRANHA beatdown on the resort guests.

If I had but one wish for this movie it'd be for a better score (sorry Stelvio Cipriani, I like a lot of your other work but this one just didn't cut it. I'm sure Corman gave you all of fifty bucks for your trouble and you just retorted by giving him a box filled with fifty bucks worth of notes).

Besides, it stars Lance. Even when he was young he looked old and tired. Seriously, it's pure cheesy fun so don't be turned off by the the title or what you think it is. Check it out, check your brains at the door and watch some FLYING FUCKING PIRANHA!!!

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