Piranha II: The Spawning (1981)


“Hey, come here. Do you go to a**hole school or something?’ – Police Chief Steve Kimbrough

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – On a Caribbean Island resort, a school of genetically engineered fish wreck havoc on the natives and tourists.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and saw that it was directed by James Cameron before he became the famed director  and sci-fi visionary that we all know.

This movie follows the typical animals attack film formula and is so terrible that it reaches the point of laughable quite easily.

They manage to give us the usual shopping list of these kind of films which help keep things in perspective.

They have lots of gore, simple special effects that try to make these fish seem more deadly than they truly are; a few nice scare jumps and of course, what would a film like this be without gratuitous nudity that is completely unnecessary yet is usually placed here in order to at least give the audience something enjoyable to look at.

They fail to develop any of these characters beyond a superficial level which helps make us not care whether any (or all) of them will eventually find themselves as fish food.

Bottom Line – Terrible film that is so laughable to watch. It’s so interesting to see that this film was directed by Cameron before he started creating his own kind of movies. This film’s plot is a typical animal attack story line that is filled with the various aspects of this genre; their is lots of gore, a few nice surprises that make the viewer jump and of course, their is the staple gratuitous nudity that always accompanies these kind of film in order to help keep the audience entertained.  None of the characters are develop beyond a very superficial level and it doesn’t matter much since they all have potential to be cannon fodder fro these killer fish.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #1 – James Cameron had come to Rome to see the film’s post-production, but he had spent his entire advance salary on the plane ticket. With no money for food, he just snatched leftovers and rolls from dinner trays in his hotel. Due to the exhaustion and malnutrition, he grew ill with fever, and had a nightmare about a metallic torso emerging from an explosion, and dragging itself over the floor with kitchen knives, which gave him the idea for The Terminator (1984).

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #2 – In an interview, James Cameron said this movie gets better halfway through when seen at the drive-in with a six pack of beer. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)

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One thought on “Piranha II: The Spawning (1981)

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