Information Exchange => Reader Comments => Topic started by: Squishy The Squid on June 30, 1999, 10:41:40 AM

Title: Piranha II
Post by: Squishy The Squid on June 30, 1999, 10:41:40 AM
Think the synchronized-quartz-watch bit is funny here, get a load of John Carpenter's VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED. A bomb timer and a wall clock in the same room just happen to be synched down to the millisecond. Faaart. VOTD is a good fun watch 'cuz a slew of bad actors are forced to kill themselves over the course of the film, and Michael Pare gets his before his credit appears.

Title: Piranha II
Post by: on August 23, 1999, 01:21:59 AM
The only saving thing about the whole movie is that the future star of millenium is in the movie .

Title: Piranha II
Post by: Warren H. on September 01, 1999, 01:40:33 PM
Uuhhhh . . . pain.  The first Piranha wasn't great, but this is worse.  Did little Jimmy Cameron actually direct this movie?  Whoa, if so, he went from making totally crappy movies to making kick-ass movies, to making crappy movies with awesome special effects.

Title: Piranha II
Post by: Paul Westbrook on February 07, 2000, 11:01:23 AM
Any movie that depicts something completely unrealistic, such as flying piranha has to be quite a unique film. I have not seen this one yet, but since I enjoyed the first film, my curiosity is getting to me. Nice video jacket cover.

Title: Piranha II
Post by: Paul Westbrook (again) on February 07, 2000, 11:03:01 AM
So these creatures are the real reason the Titanic sank.

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Post by: Sean Finnigan on February 09, 2000, 10:25:15 PM
James Cameron and H.A. Milton both worked on this project and the end result was one bad film. What was James Cameron thinking when he made this film?
The first Piranha was a spoof of Jaws but this film was a direct horror film. The nurse scene was funny but the rest of the film is retarded and unfunny. Is it me or is everyone in this film ugly where did James Cameron get these actors.

Title: Piranha II
Post by: Stefan Robak on February 22, 2000, 09:05:00 PM
I'm not sure about veryone else but I'm from Canada were we get Space (the Canadian Sci-Fi channel) where we aren't so uptight with censorship (Space even showed Flesh Gordon a couple of times!  Late at night of course)  Anyway I remember the commercial they did for when they were showing this.  They start playing the upbeat dancing music from Titanic and show under water shots and it says: Space Presents James Cameron's Romantic tale of Tragedy at sea..... Piranah 2: the Spawning.  SEE WHY JAMES CAMERON WAS FIRED. Then it shows a dork from the movie saying : "sounds great"  It still wasn't funny as the Godzillathon commercial they had that has to be scene to be believed.  BTW Space is from the creators of Much Music and Bravo (I don't know if you get Bravo in America).

Title: Piranha II
Post by: Squishy on March 27, 2000, 07:44:01 AM
Well, James Cameron had to start somewhere. It's not like he was given 200 million bucks and full creative control--and with a concept this preposterous, how much effort would ANYONE put into it?...He's not proud of it, but he also worked on Roger Corman's "Galaxy of Terror," famous for its scene of a woman being raped to death by a giant maggot. Like I said, they gotta start somewhere...

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Post by: Chris K. on April 06, 2000, 10:41:37 AM
James Cameron directed this mess! What an idiot! PIRANAH was good but PIRANAH 2:THE SPAWNING. Basicaly, do not see this bad film for it's numerous reasons(bad acting, dumb special effects, boom mikes are seen in windows, crappy plot,etc.). Of course I am not a fan of Cameron's work (When he recieved the Oscar for TITANIC, he asked the audience to bow their heads in prayer for the people who died on the ship! What an ASS).

Title: Piranha II
Post by: Dave on April 17, 2000, 04:35:15 PM
The reason for the boom mikes is becasue the filmmakers intend to place a matte over that, the video transfer that you probably saw was an open matte presentation.

Title: Piranha II
Post by: Chris K. on April 18, 2000, 07:32:37 AM
I take back what I said about the boom mikes, but still PIRANAH 2 is a junky-clunky film with no visual power. Worse than PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE.

Title: Piranha II
Post by: Chris K. on May 12, 2000, 02:20:35 PM
If anyone wonders why I called James Cameron an ass, when he recieved the Academy Award for TITANIC he said "Let's all bow our heads and pray for the people who was on the ship." I have one word to describe Cameron: Brownoser!

Title: Piranha II
Post by: Christina M. on May 19, 2000, 01:07:11 PM
Hilarious; the flying fish jumping out of the corpse was wonderful!  A "Jaws" cash-in, I assume?

If you love bad Henriksen movies, try "Delta Heat" with Anthony Edwards ( Dr. Green from E.R.)  It's a mis-matched buddy cop thing, a 48 hours rip-off, maybe? Henriksen has a _hook_ in this movie.   I howled!

Title: Piranha II
Post by: John B. on August 08, 2000, 03:23:32 PM
I agree with my fellow postees that this sucker is bad in all the usual ways. But I gotta tell you, the sight of Tricia O'Neil scuba diving in that white bathing suit was ALMOST worth the price of rental....

Title: Piranha II
Post by: Dave Moran on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
One  funny  film
I  like  Mr  Henriksen,  and  at  least  he  looks  slightly  cheerier  here  than  he  ususally  does.
And  there's  that  '  added  footage'  with  the  semi-nude  ladies.
And  there's  the  way  that  flying  piranha  make  a  noise  like  a  gaggle  of  irritated  turkeys ( make  you  own  pun,  please )
And  there's  the  guy  who  wanders  out  into  the  darkness  carrying  a  flaming  torch.  What's  he  goona  do,  shoo  them  away?
Get  drunk  and  watch  it  again.
You'll  laugh  like  a  drain.

Title: Piranha II
Post by: chadzilla on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
Cinematic urban legend has it that the producers took the film away from James Cameron (bad choice considering what his sophomore effort turned out to be, The Terminator) and reshot and deleted a whole mess of stuff.  Cameron then, reportedly, broke into the lab after hours to secretly edit the film and fix the tampering.  Why did he even bother?

James there is a name you should have known about...Alan Smithee.

The only stuff in this mess of a movie that Cameron said is actually his work is the underwater footage, and that is because the producers and their toadies did not know how to dive, and, of course, Cameron does!

But it does have Lance Henrikson, whoo-hoo!

Title: Piranha II
Post by: Steve Bentley on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Why was James Cameron fired from Piranha 2?  Cameron, given a 23 day shooting schedule and an extremely specific budget,
used up all of the time (and money) and only shot about half of the movie.  (This becomes a common factor in Camerons career.  That and plagiarism, too.)  When asked why the feature wasn't complete, Cameron supposedly said "I couldn't get the artistic shots I wanted".  The producers reaction?  "James, it's called show BUSINESS, not show ART."
Only the features made while married to Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator, Aliens) seem to have been well produced, though.  Cameron would drive The Abyss so over-budget and over-schedule, that the movie was almost scrapped by the production company, and in the end, the single most expensive sequence (the tidal wave) was left on the cutting-room floor.  By the way, the plagiarism charges?  Terminator now holds an inserted credit to Harlan Ellison whose work (particularly the short story SOLDIER, actually an episode of the original OUTER LIMITS) "inspired" the story.  F. Paul Wilson successfully proved Aliens ripped off the entire last third of his novel THE TOMB, but declined the credit in favor of taking Camerons paycheck. James Cameron did indeed work as a model-maker on Galaxy of Terror, as well as Battle Beyond the Stars, and is credited as having helped build the miniature of New York in John Carpenter's ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK.

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Post by: Davis on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
All I have to say that this was the worst piece of horse crap I've ever seen in my entire life. I nearly executed myself for actually sitting through this horrible piece of filming.

Title: Piranha II
Post by: lostmissy on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I'm developing a theory about Corman movies i.e. "the earlier in the movie the girls clothes comes off, the worse the movie will be" . Let me see ,4 minutes, hmm another link in the chain of proof!!  

Title: Piranha II
Post by: Doc Hazzard on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
To John.B ..Check out Tricia O'Neal in a bikini top and daisy dukes in THE GUMBALL RALLY(1976)a really funny road race comedy with Raul Julia.Nice bit in it of her wiggling and jiggling while she's washing a windsheild.

Title: Piranha II
Post by: spike on May 21, 2003, 06:01:44 PM
I thought the movie was fun to watch just to see the stupidity.  I just like the fish killing now that I seen Carnosaur. I thought Piranah series is cool.

Title: Piranha II
Post by: da mojoman on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Not much to add...welllll, maybe a bit. You forgot they were also created with grunion DNA to allow them to breathe air.
The people looked like real people and not model beautiful... that they acted like idiots is another matter.
First story I heard about a game warden and a man fishing with dynamite was many years ago and was in the bayou country of Louisiana...on throwing the bomb to the officer he said, "You here to talk or to fish?"
Would a bell UH-1? helicopter, in autorotation, about 30 feet in altitude crumple like tinfoil on hitting the water and burst into flame? With no prior damage like bulletholes in the fuel tanks? Sounds fishy to me.
The special effects, particularly makeup are almost Tobe Hooper or Rick Baker quality, and this is one of the first movies where the wings on the critters flapped in an appropriate ratio to their flight speed.
If you are gonna get laid in a dinghy, take padding to lie on...lots of padding.
In the final moments the diver who has been holding her breath for a minute, at least, after exerting herself to dislodge the steel grating to get out of the pending blown up ship, can swim enough to grab an anchor on a boat moving about 8 knots, and survive the explosion of 30 or so sticks of dynamite underwater at about a quarter mile (being generous) not only floats stunned on the water for less than 30 seconds but can immediately start yelling and swim straight for the dive boat where hubby is disorientation, no bleeding from the ears, no apparent broken bones, when even surfacing should have been impossible until her corpse started to bloat.
And it had a wicked collection of a variety of tatas.

Title: Piranha II
Post by: Martin Bak on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I watched this movie and Starship Troopers the same night which almost caused me to dehydrate because of the tears running down my cheeks - it's a beaut!! it's definately up there with other cheese heavy weights such as the cars that ate Paris and popcorn.

only complaint: it's freakin' dark i guess extra lights would have blown the budget

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Post by: pete on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
For all the bad things that's been said about this film, one thing I have to say in it's defense: At least it acknowleges the first film. So many times a supposed "sequal" comes out (particularly if it's a horror movie sequal) that calls itself something-something part 2 and then not only does not include any of the characters from the origonal but makes no mention of any of the events from it's prdessessor. This one at least remembers it's roots. Beyond that, all I can say is you might enjoy this as a campy, so-bad-it's-good film, (and some may delight in thinking of this as an early project that both Lance Hendrickson and James Cameron must wish everyone would forget about) or you may simply loathe it. I had a fun time.

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Post by: Brady on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
This movie is the most abominable , despicable piece of f**king s**t i have ever seen in my entire life. I'd rather shove a pineapple up my arse than watch this disgrace to humanity ever again.

Title: Piranha II
Post by: Griff on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
This should have a skull rating. I've never seen the film but from watching the clip on this site, you'll see what I mean.

Title: Piranha II
Post by: kjw on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
To me this isn't as bad as most people make it out to be.At least there is plenty of action throughout and plenty of killings.And to see a fish fly is pretty comical in my book.Not great but not the worst I've ever seen either.

Title: Piranha II
Post by: Max Brandt on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Piranah II, yes, I know this film is a bit old and so many, many comments have been made about how horrible it is but I have always wondered one thing, who was that amazingly sexy and alluring dark haired beauty in the white bikini that got it from the nasty fish half way through the film? Andrew Borntreger say she and her friend were ugly, what? They were pretty good looking! Especially the dark haired gal, she is very hot and I am STILL p**sed to this day she got "killed off" in that horribly bad movie. What a total babe and Cameron just heartlessly offs her and her cute pal! To hell with you, Mr. Cameron! But seriously, who was that foxy woman in the whit bikini and what ever became of her? Any one out there know her real name and is there any good pics of her around? She has one very BIG fan with me!

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Post by: Rob on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Ahhh anything to do with water and people getting eaten is an attention drawer to me, that's my fortay. I first saw this in the UK with another monster fim called Devouring Waves. Yeah it sucked compared to the original but it has some bright spots: the fish are utterly silly. On land they're flapping puppet props. In the sea they're sped up models going around in a circle? So why are they so friggin' scary? The viciousness of how the little guys attacked their victims, though campy, was kinda unsettling. The music store at times is very effective. One scene I get a kick out of which was edited from the original release is the nightwatchman "Aaron" patroling the shore one minute, and then the next scene he apparently wanted to to take a swim because he's staggering out of the water zombie-like and all chewed up. There is a very almost Fulci-like horror feeling when his body is dragged backwards through the shallows into the killer pack of killer flyin grunion piranhas

Title: Piranha II
Post by: Sora the B-Movie Alchemist on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Me and my mom got 'Piranha' off netflix. And as soon as told her "the fish can fly" she went on netflix and got it. You don't know how happy I was when I found out that the piranhas chirped in the sequel.

Sometimes I wonder how James Cameron sleeps at night. This is probably how the idea process went with Titanic...
Movie dude 1: We someone qualified for Titanic...
Movie dude 2: What about the dude who made Piranha 2?

And did anyone notice that the actors were HOLDING the fish to their throats?

Sora the B-Movie Alchemist's Ratings
Violence: ** 1/2
Goofiness: ****
Monster: *** Flying piranha, I mean c'mon
Actors: *
Overall: ***
Comments: More titties than you can shake a stick at!

Title: Piranha II
Post by: IT on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I'm trying to find this movie on DVD.I remember seeing this movie when I was younger bad as it was i enjoyed it.The scene where the two b***hes take advantage of the retard was not cool.The fishes eatting the two ladies that was cool.