Piranha II: The Spawning (1981)

Posted: October 20, 2013 in Movie Review
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Piranha II

Directed By: James Cameron

Starring: Tricia O’Neil, Steve Marachuk, Lance Henriksen, Ricky Paul Goldin, Ted Richert, Leslie Graves, Ancil Gloudon, Carole Davis

Subgenre: Creature Feature

Synopsis: A school of mutated piranha terrorize a Caribbean resort.

Thoughts: I’d heard of this sequel many times, mostly because it was one of James Cameron’s inaugural movies and I was excited to see it as part of a multi-film set.  There really isn’t anything better than picking up cheesy movies on the cheap.

By 1981, the Jaws ripple effect had already washed over Hollywood.  There were all sorts of animal attack movies already made, and not all of them happening in the water.  This left Hollywood to come up with a spin that would draw in audiences.  In hindsight, it was obvious that they needed the fish to fly. Yeah, that’s what I said; the fish FLY.  So, we have a movie about killer piranha that have mutated to fly that is directed by James Cameron.  I’m all in.

As far as the cast, there are a couple of attractive ladies throughout, which is a prerequisite for a movie taking place in the Caribbean.  The best, and brightest star is without a doubt Lance Henriksen.  It amazes me just how many movies this guy has done.  He’s seemingly everywhere, but it’s a well-known fact that Henriksen automatically adds cool points to any movie.

James Cameron is arguably the most successful Director of all time.  He’s got the two highest grossing films of all time.  He brought us Aliens, Terminator and T2.  He even worked on the script for Rambo 2.  To think that this movie was one of his first is just awesome.  Quite honestly, you don’t see a lot here that points towards Cameron’s success, although it is interesting that there were a lot of underwater scenes, a place that Cameron loves.

In all reality, Piranha II is a pretty bad movie.  But to sum things up, there are flying piranha, Lance Henriksen and James Cameron.  How can you not watch this?

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