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Piranha [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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Two people unwittingly free a mad military scientist's mutant fish near a summer camp and resort lake.
Roger Corman produced this shameless Jaws rip-off at the height of the "nature gone wild" boom of American cinema and struck B-movie gold. Scripted by John Sayles and directed by Joe Dante, this tongue-in-cheek thriller stars Bradford Dillman (doing his best Rip Torn impression) as an antisocial mountain man and Heather Menzies as a rookie detective who race a school of mutant piranha down river. Dante and Sayles provide the requisite blood and gore for this drive-in meat market: a kids' summer camp and a waterfront amusement park await the little beasties. Along the way, riverside retiree Keenan Wynn gets his ankles stripped clean, camp counsellor Paul Bartel is chomped on the cheek by a hungry little sucker who takes to the air, and hordes of unlucky bathers are caught in the centre of a feeding frenzy. What differentiates this little gem from the legion of similar knockoffs are the satirical swipes at military arrogance and crass commercialism, Dante's energetic enthusiasm and the bursts of black humour: "Lost River Lake: Terror, horror, death. Film at 11". The culty cast also includes Invasion of the Body Snatchers' Kevin McCarthy as the hysterical scientist guarding the creatures, horror diva Barbara Steele as a devious government researcher and long-time Corman regular Dick Miller as an unscrupulous entrepreneur ("Sir, the piranha are eating the guests"). --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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For it's age, the golden age of special effects before CG started to worm it's way in to movies and looking more fake than physical effects. The SFX in this film are primitive but very effective and the well presented HD picture doesn't spoil them buy showing them up.
I like the story line too. It's not too cheesy which is of course a lot of what good old horror films are about, great late night cheesy viewing but for those of you who don't like the old school horror films to be really cheesy. I'd say this is for you and remember it is a 1970s film.
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This dvd is 4 minutes shorter version from the original film.
Just be aware of this before buying it