Wednesday, March 10, 2010
PIRANHA II: THE SPAWNING (1981)
James Cameron's finest moment? Probably not(actually Cameron only shot this thing for 2 and a half weeks before getting fired and producer Ovidio Assonitis was mostly responsible for the final movie).
No one loves stupid monster movies more than me, but this one is pretty awful. You really don't care about what happens to any of the characters and everyone does typical stupid things. Except Lance Henrikson, who seems to be the only halfway decent actor in this. The coolest thing, of course, is that piranhas fly around and rip peoples necks out! Since there weren't any flying shark movies in the 80's, that I'm aware of, I'm gonna say this is the best flying killer fish movie out there, if that means anything. The monster fish remind me of the creatures in PARASITE, the 3-D Demi Moore monster flick. Hell, this thing would have been a lot better in 3-D too. There are worse underwater JAWS rip-offs, that's for sure.
This was a frequent UHF favorite, back in the day, which is where I first saw it: