Piranha (1995 film)

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DVD cover
Directed by Scott P. Levy
Produced by Roger Corman
Written by Espen Varrone
Starring William Katt
Alexandra Paul
Monte Markham
Darleen Carr
Soleil Moon Frye
Mila Kunis
Leland Orser
James Karen
Lorissa McComas
Distributed by Showtime
Release dates
  • 1995 (1995)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Piranha, also known as Piranhas, is a 1995 American horror film directed by Scott P. Levy about a school of killer piranha descending upon the bustling Lost River Lake Resort. Produced by Roger Corman for the Showtime network, the film is a remake of the 1978 film Piranha, directed by Joe Dante and is also Mila Kunis' debut role.


Piranha stars William Katt as Paul Grogan, Alexandra Paul as Maggie, Soleil Moon Frye as the camp counselor Laura, Mila Kunis as Susie (Paul's daughter), Leland Orser as director Terry Wechsler, and Darleen Carr as Dr. Leticia Baines (a gender-reversed role previously essayed by Kevin McCarthy in the original) as the doctor experimenting upon the killer fish. A private investigator, Maggie McNamara (Alexandra Paul), is hired by wealthy resort owner J.R. Randolph (Monte Markham) to find his missing niece. During her search she and local resident Paul Grogan (William Katt) stumble upon a deserted Army research facility and unwittingly release the Piranha into the river.



Rather than shoot new special effects for the film, Roger Corman recycled the special effects from the original. The screenplay is nearly identical to that of the original, but removes all of the humor and comedy. Dante and producer Jon Davidson expressed a dislike for the film in the audio commentary on the DVD for the original.

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