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Rated R
Copyright 1981 Chesham Investments
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Steve Kimbrough - Lance Henriksen! Local officer of the law, he seems to be a cross between the Coast Guard and a Sheriff.
  • Annie Kimbrough - Marine Biologist and Steve's (Estranged? They certainly aren't doing well.) wife who works for the local resort.
  • Chris - Annie and Steve's son who wants them to work things out, pretty good kid overall.
  • Gabby - Jovial island fisherman, he's the type of guy that can toss a stick of dynamite (fuse burning) to you and get a laugh. Tries to stand up to the fish, lies down, gets eaten.
  • Tyler - Government scientist who sleeps with Annie. Fish food.
  • Raoul - Jerk manager of the hotel.
  • Allison - Well developed young girl who gives Chris a taste of what the 80's are going to be like.
  • Mrs. Wilson - Horny older woman. Ugh.
  • A modest number of resort guests - Fish food.
  • The Piranha - Those pesky guppies are back and this time they've been crossed with flying fish. Oh yes, you guessed it: prepare for a horde of fish suspended on wires...

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The Plot: 

It is a crying shame that this movie is at the opposite end of James Cameron's directing career from Leonardo DieCrappo, I would pay good money to watch him run screaming from a flock of fish suspended on wires. Oops, I have upset the herd of Leonardo worshipping females - shut up, sit down. I loved the last thirty minutes of "Titanic." That would be the section where he is slowly dying of hypothermia.

On this quiet tropical island, we will just call it Jamaica, horror is about to unfold. A navy ship containing experimental Piranha eggs sank several months ago and now a new breed of terror will menace the beaches. Flying carnivorous fish, baby! (Hehehe!) Prepare to watch as meaningless people have their necks ripped out; every time the piranha attack it is right in the jugular. These things are not the most graceful flyers, mind you. Somebody needed to grab a bat or tennis racket and do some serious fish thumping.

Not much else to say about this mess. The plot is a serious muddle. I was just overjoyed with Gabby as a character. Point of fact: here is a imposing, but cheerful, Jamaican dynamite fisherman who builds a time bomb with his quartz desk clock and then gets killed after he attacks the Piranha with a torch. Whew...

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Never have sex while scuba diving, it upsets the fish.
  • Ugly women can drown in three feet of water.
  • Piranha instinctively go for their victim's throat.
  • Jamaican nurses are tough hombres.
  • Half eaten bodies get women in the mood.
  • Making out under a waterfall isn't as fun as it sounds.
  • Fish have rhythm!
  • Piranha see everything through a red filter.
  • Two humans wearing awkward scuba gear can out swim a school of super piranha through the narrow hallways of a sunken ship.
  • Every quartz watch in the world is synchronized.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 1 min - These intro special effects do not bode well.
  • 15 mins - Ugly woman meets nerd, they fall in love, and I'm not going any further than that...
  • 26 mins - Where did this floating head go to acting school? Clear camera!
  • 32 mins - Is that fish really flying?
  • 38 mins - You have to be kidding me, that piranha has been hiding inside the corpse's body cavity all this time?
  • 51 mins - Gabby is making a waterproof time bomb out of dynamite and a cheap quartz clock?
  • 67 mins - I am officially tired of it being too dark, when did James Cameron start having enough pull to afford lights?
  • 75 mins - He is going to ditch the helicopter? As in drop it into the ocean?

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note piranhaii1.wav Steve: "I told you the next time I caught you and your son dynamite fishing I'd throw your sorry ass in jail, and I meant it!"
Green Music Note piranhaii2.wav Annie's Father: "And by the way, you may call me Captain."
Green Music Note piranhaii3.wav Raoul: "You're sticking a red hot poker up my ass by canceling now."
Green Music Note piranhaii4.wav Tyler explains how the Piranha were created.

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Gabby heroically takes on the Piranha, but unfortunately underestimates the power of fish. He was my favorite character too, I almost cried.

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Piranha II
Reply #9. Posted on April 17, 2000, 04:35:15 PM by Dave
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.
Piranha II
Reply #10. Posted on April 18, 2000, 07:32:37 AM by Chris K.
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.
Piranha II
Reply #11. Posted on May 12, 2000, 02:20:35 PM by Chris K.
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!
Piranha II
Reply #12. Posted on May 19, 2000, 01:07:11 PM by Christina M.
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!
Piranha II
Reply #13. Posted on August 08, 2000, 03:23:32 PM by John B.
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....
Piranha II
Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Dave Moran
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.
Piranha II
Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by chadzilla
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!
Piranha II
Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Steve Bentley
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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