What a shame! This movie has a special place in my heart. You see, it was shot not far from Austin, my base of operations. There's an 'amusement park', if you want to call it that. I visited the place in high school. It was called Aquarena Springs. As I recall, its primary attractions were gondolas and a swimming pig. Yes, you read that right - a swimming pig. This pig swam alongside a variety of co-ed mermaids. It was indeed surreal, but not nearly as cool as it sounds. And it was here that Corman unleashed his aquatic carnivores.

The film, as you may recall, involves the opening of a water park, a la Jaws 3-D, which is rudely interrupted by giant, flesh-eating piranhas. And it has a crazy mountain man, played by Bradford Dillman. Watch this film and try not to fall in love with the lunatic hillbilly. He's the main character and he's completely unhinged! When he's not fighting off meat-eating fish indigenous to the Amazon, he's probably mailing explosive packages to government buildings. There's also a nifty bit of stop motion animation when he discovers the secret lab. Yes, Piranha is filled with all manner of glorious, b-movie tropes.

Recently, our own Brad McHargue reported that the Blu Ray release of this fine piece of cinema was due out in April. Sadly, Shout! Factory is now saying that they won't be blessing us with this high-def carnage until August 3rd. I imagine this has more than a little to do with the hopscotch that the Alexandre Aja-driven sequel/remake has been subjected to.

Hi-Def Digest has the skinny here.

categories Dvds, Horror