Piranha Part Two: The Spawning

Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981) movie poster

(1981) directors James Cameron, Ovidio G. Assonitis
viewed: 11/19/10

What do you get when you cross a piranha with a grunion and a flying fish?  A pretty darn bad movie.

Though director James Cameron is credited as the director, which made this his first feature film, he was actually fired a couple of weeks into the shooting and had limited influence on this sequel to the Roger Corman/Joe Dante original Piranha (1978).

The best thing about this film is the poster, which is pretty darn good.  But the hilarious flying piranha are definitely good for a laugh.  It’s hard to imagine the scenes of the bat-like piranha swooping down on a crowd of beachgoers actually frightening anyone.  But you could hurt yourself laughing.

The film stars Lance Hendriksen, the only recognizable face in the crowd.  Of course, Hendriksen would show up in Cameron’s The Terminator (1984) and his Aliens (1986) with a little more to show for himself.

At times the film is really, really bad.  At others just merely bad.

Still, I feel some sense of completion now having seen both Piranha and now this film.

There must be something wrong with me.

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