FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Piranha - The Ultimate Edition

Co-presented by SECRET SIXTEEN.

Our screening comes from the lone 16mm print of Piranha: The Ultimate Edition, a new fan edit which includes scenes only found in the TV broadcast version! In the bloody, movie biz-altering, blockbuster wake of Jaws, an ocean of cheapo sea-creature features rushed in to chomp out their share of the ferocious fishploitation market. The very best of these was Corman’s 1978 jam Piranha, directed by up-and-comer Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs), and written by master scribe John Sayles, who balanced an “indie darling” filmmaking career with Corman flicks like Alligator and Battle Beyond the Stars. Starring Keenan Wynn, Kevin McCarthy, Barbara Steele and Dante stalwart Dick Miller, the plot finds weaponized piranha bred by the military set loose on a resort water park, resulting in some major teeth-chomping bloodshed. Dante’s love of 50′s sci-fi/horror and playful sense of mayhem make the film a rare delight — a knockoff that’s just as fun as the original, with fledgling SFX guru Rob Bottin’s puppet fish as a wonder to behold.
Dir. Joe Dante, 1978, 16mm, approx. 104 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Piranha”!