May 142010

Piranha was a fun little movie from 1978, it's plot centred around a military experiment on gene splicing piranha to use them in the Vietnam war, unfortunately the piranha have been released into the river and are heading downstream where there is a holiday resort and many visitors are looking forward to a swim, these piranha's have no problem with biting off more than they can chew, the director of the 1978 version was Joe Dante who went on to direct The Howling and Gremlins, James Cameron directed Piranha 2: The Spawning which is notable for it's underwater scuba sex scene and featuring flying piranha fish.

The new version of Piranha changes the plot and instead of genetically modified piranha fish we now have a volcanic underwater tremor causing the earth to open up and large numbers of prehistoric piranha are unleashed into the waters around Lake Havascu in Arizona.

On the 4th of July the population explodes from 5000 to 50,000 as visitors descend for the annual festivities but this year the piranha are waiting for those that step in the water. The plot may be changed but the basic idea remains the same, the cast list is impressive with Elisabeth Shue playing Sheriff Julie Forester, others in the cast include Adam Scott, Christopher Lloyd, Eli Roth, Dina Meyer, Ving Rhames, Kelly Brook and Richard Dreyfus, the original movie came about after the success of Jaws so it's interesting to see Richard Dreyfus in the cast.

The film opens at the end of August in both the UK and North America and i feel this could be either a fun entertaining rollercoaster ride of a movie or a complete disaster, at this moment in time i'm thinking disaster although hopefully the film will surprise me and be good.

You can view some movie stills below. Double click to close an image.

View a Kelly Brook picture gallery here and a blu ray movie review of Hollow Man here.

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