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John’s Horror Corner: Piranha 3D (2010)

March 22, 2012

With Piranha 3DD right around the corner I just had to try to save you folks who missed Piranha 3D.  While I doubt that the order in which you watch these movies is of any concern, I wouldn’t want you to miss out.  This was truly something special.


MY CALL:  This movie was architected for high school and college guys who like energetic, fun-kill-filled flicks with no more pertinent plot than “these piranhas happen to be in this lake and start killing Spring Breakers”.  If you’ve ever enjoyed a movie like that, then taking issue with Piranha is like faulting a crack whore for her spilt ends.  Don’t sweat the small stuff.  This is a “check your brain at the door and enjoy” kind of movie.  [A-, for a good B-horror]  IF YOU LIKE THIS, WATCHPiranha (1978), Piranha 2: The Spawning (1981), Gnaw: Food of the Gods II (1989, but skip part one), and the Jaws series (which is due for an honorable, thoughtful remake).  If you want a somewhat biologically accurate animal-turned-monster flick, then I strongly suggest Lake Placid (1999).  My doctorate-toting biologist friends enjoyed it without many “Oh, God, they got that all wrong” moments.  Want more sci-fi stupid-ish, then try Deep Blue Sea, perhaps. Just want gory, campy fun?  Then go with Humanoids from the Deep (1980) or some other John’s Horror Corner installments from the 1980s.  Lastly, definitely brace yourself for Piranha 3DD (2012)!

CGI-level is above acceptable.  Remake of 80s animal-turned-monster flick: APPROVED!

Quite a cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Ving Rhames, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd, Jerry O’Connell, Adam Scott, Dina Meyer, Scream Queen Kelly Brook and a cameo by Eli Roth.  Was it worth it?  I think so!  This remake (which is at least as fun as the original) kicks off like Girls Gone Wild: Spring Break, foreshadowing gratuitous nudity for teenagers with Netflix across the globe.  Appropriately, Jerry O’Connell plays the “Wild, Wild Girls” director/producer who goes to a small, Spring Break-friendly lake town in the Southwest to make his fortune.  Meanwhile Elisabeth Shue and Ving Rhames play local cops trying to keep Spring Break order.  Good luck.

Skeazy?  Just a bit.  This movie flirts with being exploitative, but really never gets passed a healthy dose of gratuitous nudity.

Despite all the 2011 Oscar buzz, Kelly Brook didn’t win the Academy Award for Best Bikini.

This flick gets pretty Jaws-ish pretty fast.  Shue finds a body and considers closing the lake.  But the lake is too big of a Spring Break cash cow for her small town.  Back to funville, satirical gratuitous nudity has already begun in the form synchronized swimming performed by two “Wild, Wild” girls to an operatic soundtrack.  How tasteful.

Complete with Eli Roth hosting a wet t-shirt contest.  Priceless.

Now for some explanation of these piranhas’ origin…

There’s seismic activity which opens an underwater chasm through which the piranhas escape from an underwater lake that was previously sealed off for a way-like-dinosaur-long time.  Naturally, it’s filled with eggs.  Some seismology researchers want to investigate but, come on?  Scuba-diving in a movie called Piranha?  They never stood a chance.

Christopher Lloyd plays some dude who owns an aquarium store who, based on his level of expertise, holds a doctorate in fish systematics (naturally specializing on piranhas).  He instantly recognizes a captured specimen as representing a species which went extinct two million years ago.  An amateur paleontologist as well, hmmm?  He even has a fossil of that exact species in his store!  Shouldn’t that be in a museum, bro?



That water looks a bit chummy.

The CGI attacks are fun and better than any made-for-ScyFy Saturday night movies.  The kill-humor is 80’s-chic and includes eyeballs being tugged from their sockets.  Some other kill-innovations include clever boat collisions, high tension wires, a girl getting scalped by a boat engine propeller, and a fish eating its way out of a person’s mouth.  Breast implants, a severed penis and disembodied eyeballs drift about in the tidal chaos as well.  Oh, and a piranha eats and then belches out a dick, there are lots of “halves” of people, one woman is “accidently” torn in half by her rescuers, and a dude walks on his bone foot.  Nothing but fun, folks!!!  I’m giving you pearls here!

To answer your question: YES.  That is Ving Rhames using a boat engine propeller as a weapon.  If you haven’t seen this movie, then you now know why you MUST.

What happens to O’Connell is absolutely priceless and even the very last moment of the movie is hilarious!  I enjoyed this so much that I ordered it the same day I saw it and, with a little beer, I’d gladly watch it with friends two nights in a row.  It’s that fun.

48 Comments leave one →
  1. John Leavengood permalink
    April 20, 2019 2:54 pm

    I wonder if someone will one day look back at this as a classic without knowing of Joe Dante’s original Piranha (1978)…


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