Piranha (film)

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Piranha Film series is a horror comedy franchise, and a parody of the 1975 film Jaws.

Released films[edit]

Film U.S. release date Director Screenwriter(s) Producer(s)
Piranha 1972 (1972) William Gibson Richard Finder Luis Guillermo and Villegas Blanco
Piranha August 3, 1978 (1978-08-03) Joe Dante John Sayles Roger Corman, Jon Davison and Chako van Leeuwen
Piranha II: The Spawning December 1981 (1981-12) James Cameron
Ovidio G. Assonitis
Ovidio G. Assonitis
James Cameron
Charles H. Eglee
Chako van Leeuwen
Jeff Schechtman
Piranha October 1, 1995 (1995-10-01) Scott P. Levy Alex Simon Chako van Leeuwen
Mike Elliott
Piranha 3D August 20, 2010 (2010-08-20) Alexandre Aja Pete Goldfinger
Josh Stolberg
Alexandre Aja
Mark Canton
Marc Toberoff
Grégory Levasseur
Piranha 3DD June 1, 2012 (2012-06-01) John Gulager Patrick Melton
Marcus Dunstan
Joel Soisson
Mark Canton
Marc Toberoff
Joel Soisson


Piranha (1972)[edit]

A 1972 film about a pair of wildlife photographer Terry and her brother Art Greene go the rainforest located in Venezuela who are stalked by a homicidal maniac. They hire Jim Pendrake to guide them through the jungle. However, the trio run afoul of evil local hunter Caribe. It is unrelated to the better-known Piranha series.

Piranha (1978)[edit]

Piranha is a 1978 American horror B movie about a swarm of killer piranhas. It was directed and co-edited by Joe Dante and starred Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn, Barbara Steele, and Dick Miller. Produced by Roger Corman, Piranha is a parody of the 1975 film Jaws, which had been a major success for distributor Universal Studios and director Steven Spielberg, and inspired a series of similarly themed B movies such as Grizzly.

Piranha II: The Spawning (1981)[edit]

Piranha II: The Spawning, also known as Piranha II: Flying Killers, is a 1981 horror film and the sequel to the 1978 low-budget cult film Piranha, and the feature film directorial debut of James Cameron.
The 1978 film involves a private investigator Maggie McNamara from Lyon Investigation is hired by the wealthy J.R. Randolph to find his niece that has disappeared with her boyfriend. Maggie seeks out the lonely environmentalist Paul Grogan to help her to look for the teenager. They head to an abandoned army facility and Maggie decides to drain the pools to see whether the body of the girl is there. They are assaulted by a woman with a crowbar but they subdue her. However she escapes and soon they learn that the woman is Dr. Leticia Baines, who is researching a hybrid species of piranha that is capable to survive in fresh and sea waters for military purpose. Further, Maggie has release the piranhas on the river and they are heading to the Lost River Lake Resort. Maggie and Paul inform the corrupt local Sheriff but Randolph tells him to lock them up since he does not want to jeopardize the party he has promoted to his resort.

Piranha (1995)[edit]

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.

Piranha 3D (2010)[edit]

Piranha 3D is a 2010 American 3D horror comedy film and a remake of the 1978 film Piranha. It was directed by Alexandre Aja and sports an ensemble cast featuring Steven R. McQueen, Jessica Szohr, Jerry O'Connell, Richard Dreyfuss, Christopher Lloyd, Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Kelly Brook, Riley Steele, Ving Rhames and Eli Roth. The film begins with a sudden underwater tremor that free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.

Piranha (2012)[edit]

Piranha 3DD is a 2012 American 3D comedy horror film and sequel to the 2010 film Piranha 3D. It is directed by John Gulager from a screenplay by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. It stars Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, David Koechner, Chris Zylka, Katrina Bowden, Gary Busey, Christopher Lloyd, and David Hasselhoff. Production began on April 27, 2011 with a release scheduled for November 23, 2011, but a month prior to release this date was revised to an unspecified 2012 date. The film was eventually released in the UK on May 11, 2012 and in the U.S. on June 1, 2012.

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Films
Piranha II: The Spawning
Piranha 3D
Piranha 3DD
Art Greene Tom Simcox
Terry Ahna Capri
Caribe William Smith
Jim Pendrake Peter Brown
Paul Grogan Bradford Dillman William Katt
Maggie McKeown Heather Menzies Alexandra Paul
(as Maggie McNamara)
Suzie Grogan Shannon Collins Mila Kunis
(as Susie Grogan)
Jack Keenan Wynn James E. Brodhead
Laura Dickinson Melody Thomas Scott Soleil Moon Frye Brooklynn Proulx
(as Laura Forester)
Betsy Belinda Balaski Chelsea Madison-Ciu
Dr. Robert Hoak Kevin McCarthy
Buck Gardner Dick Miller
Dr. Mengers Barbara Steele
Anne Kimbrough Tricia O'Neil
Tyler Sherman Steve Marachuk
Steve Kimbrough Lance Henriksen
Chris Kimbrough Ricky G. Paull
Raoul Ted Richert
Allison Dumont Leslie Graves
Leo Bell, D.D.S. Albert Sanders
Beverly Tracy Berg
Ralph Benotti Phil Colby
Myrna Benotti Hildy Maganasun
Gina Green Kehli O'Byrne Franck Khalfoun
(as Deputy Green)
Jake Forester Steven R. McQueen
Julie Forester Elisabeth Shue
Novak Radzinsky Adam Scott
Derrick Jones Jerry O'Connell
Kelly Driscoll Jessica Szohr
Deputy Fallon Ving Rhames
Carl Goodman Christopher Lloyd
Andrew Cunningham Paul Scheer
Maddy Danielle Panabaker
Barry Matt Bush
Chet David Koechner
Kyle Chris Zylka


Crew Film
Piranha '78
Piranha II: The Spawning
Piranha 3D
Piranha 3DD
Director Joe Dante James Cameron
Ovidio G. Assonitis
Scott P. Levy Alexandre Aja John Gulager
Producer(s) Roger Corman
Jon Davidson
Chako van Leeuwen
Chako van Leeuwen
Jeff Schechtman
Chako van Leeuwen
Mike Elliott
Alexandre Aja
Mark Canton
Marc Toberoff
Grégory Levasseur
Mark Canton
Marc Toberoff
Joel Soisson
Screenwriter(s) John Sayles (screenplay);
Richard Robinson
John Sayles (story)
H.A. Milton Alex Simon (screenplay); Richard Robinson
John Sayles (story)
Pete Goldfinger
Josh Stolberg
Patrick Melton
Marcus Dunstan
Joel Soisson
Composer Pino Donaggio Steve Powder Christopher Lennertz Michael Wandmacher Elia Cmiral
Cinematographer Jamie Anderson Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli Christopher Baffa John R. Leonetti Alexandre Lehmann
Editor Joe Dante
Mark Goldblatt
Robert Silvi John Gilbert Baxter Devin C. Lussier
Martin Bernfeld
Kirk Morri
Production company N/A Concorde-New Horizons The Weinstein Company
Atmosphere Entertainment
Chako Film Company
Mark Canton/IPW
Mark Canton/IPW
Neo Art & Logic
Distributor New World Pictures Columbia Pictures New Horizons Dimension Films
Runtime 95 minutes 94 minutes 89 minutes 88 minutes 83 minutes
Release date August 3, 1978 November 5, 1982 October 1, 1995 August 20, 2010 June 1, 2012