A secret government plan involving flesh-eating fish causes havoc when, from a secluded secret pool, the leathal creatures are released by mistake into the river flow. To the delight of the rabid fish, downstream are a kids’ summer camp and a newly opened tacky summer resort, where herds of tourists are blissfully splashing around in the soon-to-be-deadly waters.
Dante’s second film for Roger Corman after Hollywood Boulevard, Piranha is a joyously biting take on 50s monster-movies, penned by indie director John Sayles. A 3D remake is due in theatres later this summer. —MIFF
Joseph Dante Jr. was born on November 28, 1946 in Morristown, New Jersey, and raised in the nearby borough of Parisippany. His parents were professional golf players and his father wrote some books on the instructions of playing golf some of which included Four Magic Moves to Winning Golf, and Stop that Slice. After a bout with polio that nearly crippled him at age 7, he slowly recovered and decided to take up drawing rather than athletics as his parents did.
Dante studied at the Philadelphia College of Art after graduating from high school. As a teenager, he contributed to Castle of Frankenstein and Famous Monsters of Filmland magazines with various drawings, and upon graduation from he College of Art, he became a film critic for the Film Buletin newspaper for which he later became the managing editor. With a friend, named Jon Davidson, Dante cut together a series of movie clips and film trailers and edited them into his first short film which was titled The Movie Orgy (1968… read more
Still crap, after all these years... and yet, still a million times better than the recently released dreck that is Piranha 3DD (not to be confused with Piranha 3D by Alexandre Aja, best of the bunch).