This story has all the ingredients of a great killer-fish movie. I was, however, bitterly disappointed that Bradford Dillman was not in this one. . The scuba diving instructor of the local resort Anne Kimbrough Tricia O'Neil breaks in the morgue with her acquaintance Tyler Sherman Steve Marachuk and finds that the bodies have been eaten in many parts. Whether the deleted director's cut version was better like The Crow City of Angels then i guess i'll never know. Anne cancels all of her diving classes for fear that it is not safe to be in the water.
Periodically they attack various chumps in enjoyably gruesome ways. The movie isn't a total loss; at least it racks up a respectable body count by the time it's over. Anne discovers the piranhas do not like the sunlight and develops a plan. Steve discovers the piranhas on his own and surprises Anne with one. This is just a shoddily put together film with nothing memorable. Fate steps in when Evelyn is the victim of a fatal, freak accident, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. The Good: Lance Henriksen The Bad: Awful sfx Horribly made Things I Learnt From This Movie: Underwater sex scenes look seven shades of awkward Every time Lance Henriksen smiles an angel gets its wings During a feeding frenzy flying piranah sound like pigeons The only reason I watched this movie because it was the directorial debut of one of my favorite directors and probably one of your favorite directors, James Cameron.
But the fact that they suddenly had wings and were flying about? Hard to believe it's Cameron, that's right. This film is also painfully boring. During the fishing party promoted by the resort, the piranhas attack the guests. What was it about little things attacking people in movies at this time? There's no way a movie about flying Piranhas could be actually good. This movie has way too many characters and not a single one is memorable.
The next day, a group of tourists, including Tyler Sherman, are taking the diving courses provided by Anne Kimbrough, an employee of the Hotel Elysium. Extremely humble beginnings for James Cameron! Investigating the death of one of her son's companions after a scuba-diving trip, Anne Kimbrough breaks into the morgue with holidaymaker Tyler Sherman, only to discover that the fish have wings and can fly. While the police refuse to think that piranhas are causing all the deaths more swimmers are being eaten alive. It does possess a certain weird cheesy charm though. According to sources, it was on the set of this film that Cameron came up with the idea for The Terminator, the film that made him a star and matured him as a director, so much so that this was forgotten for years until now. Not everyone seems to agree including her boss.
As can be gathered, I found this film great fun - most production values are of a reasonable standard, particularly the underwater photography. The gap between them is widening and he is fearful that she will leave him for a co-worker. After the first week of shooting, the set harmony was disturbed by some discussions about the work between the director and the producers the executive producer, Ovidio G. So yes, this time the genetically altered killer fish can fly, and they've also reached the ocean although that event is completely unrelated to the end of the first Piranha. Could you imagine how good he'd make a b-movie if he made it now? This movie features piranhas that are actually genetic experiments that are able to fly.
I actually saw this back in the 80's when it was called Piranha 2: Flying Killers. I suggest heckling this piece of poo. This sequel to 1978's Piranah was the initial stepping stone that put James Cameron on the map. While it's fairly common to dismiss horror sequels as cheap knock-offs that merely cash in on superior originals, most genre fans generally find one or two good things to say about these follow-ups. Little did they know they found a piranha breeding ground and were eaten by the fish. I'd love to see Scream Factory's Blu ray.
Investigating the death of one of her son's companions after a scuba-diving trip, Anne Kimbrough breaks into the morgue with holidaymaker Tyler Sherman, only to discover that the fish have wings and can fly. It isn't as good as the first but still kinda fun. One can attribute this to first-time director Cameron being kicked out of the cutting room and losing all kind of control over the project which is why he generally considers The Terminator his directorial debut , but the truth is the project was flawed from the very beginning: taking the Corman-derived cheapness to the extreme, the movie is sunk by lackluster writing at least the original had some kind of subtext beyond the mayhem , poor performances even Henriksen looks completely lost and, most disappointingly, scaled-down special effects, namely winged fish that look so fake they lose all their credibility after a few minutes. But the hotel manager refuses to call off the annual fish fry on the beach, with inevitable consequences. I have seen the first part of these movies and it wasn't too bad.
When she goes after the student she finds that he was also eaten by the piranhas. Anne and Steve get away safely and the fish are gone. All the humans in the story act like Disco-Era yotzes from the first frame of the movie, and it is simply not a tragedy when one person after another gets killed. I mean, to any person that participated in this film making, it's a negative point for their careers and could actually flunk it if it's to be discovered that they had anything to do with it. Just don't expect something awe-inspiring as you will be disappointed with it. This time round the Piranha have moved from the river and are in the sea, able to fly as a result of scientists crossing genes to make the ultimate killing machine.
The lead female character seems to have been based on Stevie Wayne from The Fog if we got to see her a few years later. Their lair is a sunken ship off the coast of a Caribbean island, and when a couple decide to go swimming nearby, the killing spree begins, with only a scuba diving instructor Tricia O'Neil a biochemist Steve Marchuk and the local sheriff Lance Henriksen willing to stop them. José is bitter that his wife, Ana, is employed when he is not. It builds up to an attack that only lasts for a few minutes. After the opening scene which is similar to the one in Jaws 2, except here the two divers are lovers trying for some underwater coupling , the film introduces a variety of characters, most of which are surprisingly endearing in a 'B' movie kind of way; particularly two topless good-time girls who get provisions from a stuttering chef with the promise of a threesome. The piranhas have now developed the ability to fly so they are a threat in and out of the water.
Anne is the instructor of the class and one of her divers swims into the shipwreck. I wish it would just grow wings like the fish did and then fly away. Lino, an aging family man doggedly pursuing positions beyond his qualifications. It's really too bad; with a premise like that, and a story that references the Joe Dante original, this should have delivered more fun. However, unless you are a die hard Cameron fan, avoid this muddled mess! They find a sunken ship off the shore and swim in for some fun. The movie is full of intriguing little unanswerable questions, like: why does the nurse in the morgue carry a baseball bat to defend herself on the job? Even the opening credits seem to be done in a really choppy manner.