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|Distributed by||The Asylum
|Directed by||Eric Forsberg|
|Produced by||David Michael Latt
|Written by||Eric Forsberg|
|Music by||Chris Ridenhour|
|Editing by||Bill Parker|
|Production company||The Asylum|
|Release date||April 10, 2010|
|Running time||90 minutes|
Mega Piranha (also known as Megapiranha) is a 2010 science fiction disaster film produced by The Asylum. It was directed by Eric Forsberg and stars Tiffany, Paul Logan and Barry Williams. In the tradition of The Asylum's catalog, this film is a mockbuster of Piranha 3-D. It was filmed in Belize, Central America.
The film focuses on the Parana River in Argentina, where a pack of genetically modified piranha have escaped into an isolated tributary of the river. Through natural interference of the local environment, the megapiranha manage to escape from their isolated spot and swim downstream, killing all that crosses their path. The megapiranha gradually make their way towards the Amazon River Basin at the height of the dry season.
After the outbreak, a team including Icthyologist Fitch and Cryptozoologist Sarah Monroe, work to reduce the megapiranha population within Argentina. They begin to get into trouble with the authorities when they attempt to cross over the Parana river. having proper clearance and documentation, Icthyologist Fitch resorts to telling the truth and heads off. He is pursued by one of the Authorithies in a high-speed chase through the river. Fitch escapes by holding onto the talons of an Argentavis and heads to an abandoned labratory. During the journey, the giant condor loses it's grip and Sarah Monroe rigs a Parachute to make it to the labratory safely.
The megapiranhas continue to move north, consuming two giant otters and a caiman. They eventually reach northern Brazil, where they kill at least five Capybaras on a riverbank and manage to cross a fallen branch. Meanwhile, the only force that can stop them is located at the Labratory. After their sheer numbers prove impervious to both rockets and sonar—and even a water grenade fails to stop them—the determined Fitch and Sarah Monroe conclude that the only way to stop the megapirannhas is to face them in their own terrain: underwater. An introduced shoal of Tigerfish would decimate the huge fish's numbers, causing them to flee from attack and intimidate themselves. If this was to fail, then a bull shark would be used to kill the megapiranha, as well as the deaths of many species.
In the middle of the operation, the Authority arrives, clinging on the talons of the Argentavis- presumably to get a higher view point to attack. He aims to get revenge on Icthyologist Fitch and throws a rope into the water.This allows him to trick Flitch into climbing to the talons of the Argentavis. Fitch, upon his arrival, stabs the rider in the skull with a bowie knife, which slices the rider's head. Fitch then uses a earthworm (which is actually a strip of CO2) to attract a small pack of Megapirannha. He dismounts the dive bombing giant bird shortly before it is consumed by the predatory foursome.
Fitch is pursued by the megapiranhas that killed the Argentavis, eventually hiding in a crevice where the megapiranha are unable to fit their bodies in. When he follows the trail of blood left by the Argentavis, Fitch throws a small bomb at the bird's corpse, still with the giant fish. The bird explodes, intimidating the Pirannha. The other megapiranha converge on the bloodshed and Fitch is able to escape as they disassemble the pack, seemingly resulting in them isolating themselves out. Sarah and Fitch make out, with a line of destruction ready to be solved.
- Tiffany as Sarah Monroe
- Paul Logan as Jason Fitch
- Barry Williams as Bob Grady
- David Labiosa as Colonel Antonio Diaz
- Jude Gerard Prest as Dr. Higgins
- Jesse Daly as Gordon
- Alessandro Tierno as Sargento Ayudante
- Jay Beyers as Seaman Toby
- Cooper Harris as Lt. Julia
- Gregory Paul Smith as Greg the submarine navigator
- Jonathan Nation as Mort
- Eric Forsberg as US Ambassador Arnold Regis
- William Morse as Lt. Stritch
- Lola Forsberg as Steph
- Robert Don as Rodriguez
- David Dustin Kenyon as Lt. Baker
- Sex Henderson as Submarine Crewman
- Jillian Easton as Jane Fisher (Credited as Jane the Reporter)
- Matt Lagan as Submarine Captain Jim
- Anthony Wemyss as Bernie
- John P. Napoleon as Lt. Miller
- Sally Elphick as ISB Tech
- Carl Watts as Captain Decker
- Myles Cranford as Sy
- Ryan Sherman as Jim The Tech
- Ashley Carr as Half Dead Person
- Fernando Huc as Jose the Driver
- Natalie Nastulczykova as Technician
The mockbuster was produced to capitalise on the 2010 film Piranha 3-D. On March 29, 2010 the SyFy Channel released an exclusive sneak peek of a scene from the film in anticipation of their April 10 premiere of the film. On the April 7, 2010 The Asylum released the official trailer online.
Usual Asylum audience may notice the film recycles short clips from other Asylum films, likely due to low production costs and a limited filming schedule. Such clips come from films like Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, Journey to Middle Earth, War of the Worlds and Transmorphers: Fall of Man.
The film was immediately met with derision upon its announcement. The horror film website Dread Central wrote of the film:
Now, the question becomes whether Mega Piranha means we should expect a super-sized piranha a la Asylum's Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus or if they are basing their film around the prehistoric Megapiranha, a toothier, three-foot version of the carnivorous fish that went extinct millions of years ago. Given the big screen 3D remake is about these Megapiranha, I would say odds are high the latter will prove the case.
Despite the initial reaction, the film was a huge hit for Syfy garnering a 2.2 million audience for its April 10 premiere:
Syfy's Saturday night movie "Mega Piranha" drew 2.2 million viewers, making it the channel's most-watched movie of the year. Of those, 807,000 were children 8-16. This is also a larger audience number than Syfy's Friday night drama "Caprica" has ever seen.
The score was composed by Chris Ridenhour and featured the song "Frozen Skies" by Tiffany.
- Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus - another sea-monster film by The Asylum, starring Deborah Gibson.
- Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus - the 2010 sequel.
- Mega Python vs. Gatoroid - A 2011 film by The Asylum starring both Gibson and Tiffany.
- "Syfy Offers First Sneak Peek at Mega Piranha".
- "Official Mega Prianha Trailer Everything You Could Want in Life".
- "Exclusive: Director Eric Forsberg Talks Mega Piranha and More!".
- Mega Piranha at The Asylum
- The Asylum breeding a Mega Piranha
- Mega Piranha Sneak Peek
- Syfy Offers Second Look at Mega Piranha
- "Mega Piranha Official Trailer".
- "The Asylum breeding a Mega Piranha".
- Hibberd, James (November 30, 2010). "The Hollywood Reporter: Syfy piranha movie devours 'Caprica'".
- "Tiffany Goes From Jailbait to Fishbait in 'Mega-Piranha'". Brutal as Hell.