Piranha 3D (2010)

Directed By: Alexandre Aja

Starring: Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Jerry O’Connell, Ving Rhames, Richard Dreyfuss, Christopher Lloyd, Steven McQueen, Kelly Brook

Subgenre: Creature Feature

Synopsis: A school of prehistoric piranha infests a lake during spring break.

Thoughts: I’ve said it before, but you can’t disqualify a movie just because it is a remake before seeing it.  A movie like Piranha was a good target for a remake, but here’s the thing, other than the title, there is little in common between the 1978 version and this one.  I can easily enjoy both the original and Aja’s vision.

Alexandre Aja is a name most horror fans know, as he brought us the brutal Haute Tension and the equally brutal The Hills Have Eyes remake.  I think he stumbled a bit with Mirrors, but that was still pretty decent.  Piranha is definitely campier than his other work, but his penchant for gore shines through.

There is a surprisingly strong cast here as well, with such names as Elisabeth Shue, Ving Rhames, Jerry O’Connell and a great cameo by Richard Dreyfuss.  The story is nothing to exciting, but is still done well, even if it serves as a vehicle for the gore and gratuitous nudity.

Piranha 3D is a fun movie, which seems odd with all the gore in it, but it really is.  If you go into it looking to have fun, I think you will enjoy it, I know I did.


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