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
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.[1][2] The film, along with many monster movies of the 1970s and 1980s, is very similar to Jaws (1975).[citation needed]


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.[2]


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.


Despite the low budget, Killer Fish has received generally positive reviews by critics, and currently has an 60% positive score at Rotten Tomatoes from the general audience.


  1. ^ Lancia, Enrico; Melelli, Fabio (2006). Attori stranieri del nostro cinema. Gremese Editore. p. 279. ISBN 9788884404251. 
  2. ^ a b "O Peixe Assasino" (in Portuguese). Cinemateca Brasileira. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 

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