Piranha 3DD (2012)

Posted: June 2, 2012 in Movie Review
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Piranha 3DD (2012)

Directed By: John Gulager

Starring: Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, David Koechner, Katrina Bowden, Chris Zylka, Meagan Tandy, Katrina Bowden, Christopher Lloyd, Gary Busey, Ving Rhames, Paul Scheer, David Hasselhoff

Subgenre: Creature Feature

Piranha 3DD

Synopsis: The Piranha are back, this time invading a water park.

Thoughts: I have been looking forward to this sequel since it was first announced.  I loved the fact that it embraced the gore and gratuitous nudity of the first movie and amped it up even more.  The title even plays on this with the 3DD moniker.  3DD delivered on its promise of more nudity, but I have to think that Aja’s movie had better gore. 

I liked some of the additions to the cast, especially David Koechner, who just seems to have been born to play a creep.  Gary Busey and David Hasselhoff both have cameos and Ving Rhames returns as the now legless Deputy.  Unfortunately, the core cast is not nearly as good as the original.  The group of friends is straight from the horror mold, uninteresting and highly disposable.

While I thought the piranha invading a water park was a pretty cool idea, the execution and script are a mess.  The humor is forced and ultimately unfunny most of the time.  The final scene in the waterpark was intended to be similar to the epic attack scene at the beach in Aja’s version, but it was nowhere near as good.  Too many of the scenes were comedic and felt out of place. 

Piranha 3DD seems to parody 3D instead of being a sequel.  Like I said, the idea of the sequel appealed to me, but the execution just wasn’t good.  The end result is a pretty bad movie.  It ventures into that so bad it’s good territory, so it wasn’t a total waste of time, but I would rather watch either the Joe Dante original or Aja’s remake.


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