Killer Fish

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Killer Fish
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Produced by Alex Ponti
Written by Michael Rogers
Starring Lee Majors
Karen Black
Margaux Hemingway
Marisa Berenson
James Franciscus
Music by Guido De Angelis
Maurizio De Angelis
Cinematography Alberto Spagnoli
Edited by Cesare D'Amico
Fawcett-Majors Productions
Victoria Productions
Filmar do Brasil
Distributed by Paris Filmes
ITC Entertainment[1]
Release dates
  • 1979 (1979)
Running time
101 minutes
Country Italy
Language English

Killer Fish is a 1979 Italian-French-Brazilian horror film directed by Antonio Margheriti.[2][3]


The mastermind behind a precision theft of priceless emeralds decides to hide the jewels at the bottom of a reservoir he's secretly stocked with savage deadly piranha. Retrieving the gems turns to be a caper in itself since the group is now torn by suspicion and jealousy. Several gang members try to recover the loot on their own, only to become screaming victims of the insatiable horde of killer fish. The treasure is down there just waiting to be brought up. To get them, everyone must face the inescapable terror of thousands of man-eating creatures.



The film was made on location in the city of Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[3]


Key Video released the film on VHS in the US in 1980. The film saw its first DVD release in Italy in 2002 by Pulp Video. There were other DVD releases in Germany and Spain in the following years, all in fullscreen. In 2014, Scorpion Releasing, in conjunction with ITV studios, released the first Blu-ray and DVD of the film in the US on September 30th. This release almost marked the first HD widescreen release in the world, sourced from the original interpositive.


The Monthly Film Bulletin stated that the film "appears to have a greater budget than Piranha" and that it "exhibits considerably less imagination".[4] Vincent Canby of The New York Times stated that the film "may not be a good movie — it's really inept—but it's friendly, like Mr. Majors's quizzical squint, which is, I'm told by people who watch more television than I do, what Mr. Majors does best. Everyone, in fact, carries on gamely, as people do at a picnic when it rains."[5]


  1. ^ Killer Fish company credits at The New York Times
  2. ^ Lancia, Enrico; Melelli, Fabio (2006). Attori stranieri del nostro cinema. Gremese Editore. p. 279. ISBN 9788884404251. 
  3. ^ a b "O Peixe Assasino" (in Portuguese). Cinemateca Brasileira. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Killer Fish". Monthly Film Bulletin (London) 46 (540): 147–148. 1979. ISSN 0027-0407. 
  5. ^ Canby, Vincent (December 7, 1979). "Killer Fish (1979) Screen: Human Prey Menaced in 'Killer Fish':The Plastic Skeleton". The New York Times. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 

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