• Piranha (1978)


Release Date: August 3rd, 1978

DVD Release Date: October 26th, 1999

R |1 hr 32 min

Plot Summary

Two people (Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies) unwittingly free a mad military scientist's (Kevin McCarthy) mutant fish near a summer camp and resort lake.

Cast: Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies-Urich, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn, Dick Miller, Barbara Steele, Belinda Balaski, Melody Thomas Scott

Director: Joe Dante

Genres: Horror

Production Co: New World Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Slant Magazine

    Dante makes films that Spielberg’s id might make, movies that double down on pop cultural know-how and riotous thrills without pausing for anything so unentertaining as an earnest assessment of humanity. show more

  • 60

    Whether Piranha was made as an intentionally cheesy spoof of Jaws or a cynical bargain-basement imitation, the fact remains that it's just bad enough to qualify as good. As long as you don't take it too seriously (after all, the filmmakers clearly didn't). show more

  • 80
    Kim NewmanEmpire

    Like all the best exploitation flicks, Piranha is driven by a ruthless desire to entertain and, in this non-pretentious ambition, it succeeds magnificently. show more

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