Opens July 5th at the Regent Square Theater
Joe Dante’s breakout film, PIRANHA, details the horror of mutant man-eating Piranhas determined to ruin a beautiful summer by the lake. Produced by Roger Corman and written by John Sayles, the “best of the jaws rip-offs” according to Steven Spielberg is Joe Dante’s hilariously gory contribution to B-movies in a time when the genre was elevating from drive-in fodder to box office blockbuster.
Half a JAWS spoof and half trash-gore fishploitation powerhouse, PIRANHA holds the key to a most bitchin' summer. When some jerkfaces skinny-dip near a government testing lab, they accidentally unleash…PIRANHA!! The bloodthirsty mutoids rend flesh in a small-town lake while a drunk-ass scientist, a go-getting detective and exploitation superstars Dick Miller, Paul Bartel, and Barbara Steele hang out and take care of business.
From GREMLINS to INNERSPACE, from THE ‘BURBS to SMALL SOLDIERS, director Joe Dante is a master of transforming genre pastiche into peerless entertainment. His love of Fifties sci-fi/horror and playful mayhem make PIRANHA a rare delight -- a knockoff just as fun as the original, with fledgling SFX guru Rob Bottin's puppet fish a wonder to behold.