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391 Ratings


Directed by Joe Dante
United States, 1978
Horror, Sci-Fi


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.

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Piranha Directed by Joe Dante
One of the subtlest and most radical film about the Vietnam War, Piranha remains to this day one of Dante’s greatest creations, and along with Homecoming (2005), a most lucid examination of the domestic repercussions of wars waged in faraway lands.
August 04, 2016
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Piranha doesn’t have Jaws’s incredible tension or compelling human narrative, but it outdoes it for sheer gore and chutzpah; Dante, for the first and only time in his career, lets children die for the sake of thrills. This would of course be unthinkable in a Spielberg film, and is, in fact, in direct opposition to the entire Spielberg ethos.
January 25, 2011
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Science distorted by unsavory government, with John Sayles’ screenplay feeding off the final vestiges of Seventies political betrayal. The budget allows for at least one luxuriant overhead crane shot surveying the fairgrounds about to be invaded, culminating in Dick Miller’s slippery cowboy intro, yet Dante’s focus remains on the low-tech underwater POV, funny-gross mayhem, and the public’s pained discovery, brimming with bites, of the lies of the system.
July 09, 2006
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