|Directed by:||Joe Dante|
|Written by:||John Sayles|
|Cast:||Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn|
|Studio:||New World Pictures|
Classic Jaws rip-off from Roger Corman is a lot of fun mostly because it acknowledges it's inspiration yet, becomes it's own movie and is all the more entertaining for it. It's gory and campy but, not without some tense sequences too as when the carnivorous fish attack a summer camp filled with kids. The cast has fun but, treats their roles just serious enough to make it work and that allows the audience to buy into it just enough to have a good time. Directed with equal parts humor and horror by Joe Dante who went on to direct The Howling and Gremlins, from a witty script by Howling scribe John Sayles. Piranha trancends it's rip-off status to become a classic in it's own right. Another Corman flick filled with talents who would go on to their own fame and fortune.