Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Alexandre Aja|
by John Sayles
Steven R. McQueen
|Music by||Michael Wandmacher|
|Cinematography||John R. Leonetti|
The Weinstein Company
Chako Film Company
Intellectual Properties Worldwide
|Distributed by||Dimension Films|
|Box office||$83.1 million|
Piranha 3D is a 2010 American 3D horror comedy film that serves as a loose remake of the horror film Piranha (1978) and an entry in the Piranha film series. It was directed by Alexandre Aja and has an ensemble cast featuring Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Jerry O'Connell, Ving Rhames, Steven R. McQueen, Jessica Szohr, Christopher Lloyd, Richard Dreyfuss, Dina Meyer, Kelly Brook, Riley Steele and Eli Roth. A sequel, Piranha 3DD, was released in 2012.
Fisherman Matt Boyd (Richard Dreyfuss) is fishing in Lake Victoria when a small earthquake hits, splitting the lake floor and causing a whirlpool. Boyd falls in, and is ripped apart by a school of piranhas that emerge from the chasm.
Jake Forester (Steven R. McQueen) is admiring attractive tourists as spring break begins. He reunites with his old crush Kelly Driscoll (Jessica Szohr) and meets her arrogant boyfriend who soaks Jake with a slush drink. Jake then meets Derrick Jones (Jerry O'Connell), a sleazy pornographer, as well as Danni Arslow (Kelly Brook), one of his actresses. Derrick convinces Jake to show him good spots on the lake for filming a pornographic movie. That night, Jake's mother, Sheriff Julie Forester (Elisabeth Shue), searches for the missing Matt Boyd with Deputy Fallon (Ving Rhames). They find his mutilated body and contemplate closing the lake. However, this decision is made difficult as two-thousand partying college students are on spring break, which is important for bringing revenue to the small town. The next morning, a lone cliff diver is attacked and consumed by the vicious, marauding piranhas.
Jake bribes his sister, Laura (Brooklynn Proulx), and brother, Zane (Sage Ryan), to stay home alone so that he can show Derrick around the lake. After Jake leaves, Zane convinces Laura to go fishing on a small sandbar island. They forget to tie the boat down and are stranded in the middle of the lake. Meanwhile, Jake goes to meet with Derrick and runs into Kelly, who accepted Derrick's invitation on board his boat, The Barracuda. Jake meets Crystal Shepard (Riley Steele), another one of Derrick's actresses, and cameraman Andrew Cunningham (Paul Scheer).
Julie takes a team of seismologist divers—Novak Radzinsky (Adam Scott), Sam Montez (Ricardo Chavira), and Paula Montellano (Dina Meyer) to the fissure. Novak speculates that the rift leads to a buried prehistoric lake. Paula and Sam scuba dive to the bottom and discover a large cavern filled with large piranha egg stocks. Both are killed by the piranhas before they can alert the others to the discovery. Novak and Julie find Paula's corpse and pull it onto the boat, capturing a lone piranha, which they take to Carl Goodman (Christopher Lloyd), a retired marine biologist who runs a pet store and aquarium shop. He explains that it is a highly aggressive prehistoric species, long believed to be extinct, and that the piranhas have survived through cannibalism. The species is able to vigorously devour its prey in seconds.
Julie, Novak, Fallon, and Deputy Taylor Roberts try to evacuate the lake, but their warnings are ignored, until the piranhas begin to fiercely attack the tourists. Novak boards a jet-ski with a shotgun to help while Fallon drags people to shore, and Julie and Taylor try to get swimmers into the police boat. Almost everyone, in the lake is either wounded, dismembered, or killed by the piranhas altogether, including Kelly's boyfriend. The remaining tourists escape as the party spot rapidly turns into a bloodbath.
Meanwhile, Jake spots Laura and Zane on the island and forces Derrick to rescue them. Derrick crashes the boat into some rocks, flooding the boat's lower deck and causing the boat to begin sinking. Kelly is trapped in the kitchen while Derrick, Crystal and Andrew fall overboard from the impact of the collision. Crystal is eaten, and Andrew escapes to shore unharmed. Meanwhile, Danni manages to get a partially eaten Derrick back on board, where he then dies.
Deputy Fallon makes a last stand, taking a boat motor and using its propeller to shred many piranhas, though he is presumed to be killed by the piranhas. After the chaos settles, Julie receives a call from Jake pleading for help. Julie and Novak steal a speedboat and head off towards the kids. They reach Jake and attach a rope to his boat. Julie, Danni, Laura and Zane start crossing the rope, but the piranhas latch onto Danni's hair, causing her to lose her grip on the rope and fall into the water, where she is quickly devoured. The others make it across safely, but the rope comes loose. Using Derrick's corpse as a distraction, Jake ties the line to himself and goes to save Kelly. He ties Kelly to him and lights a flare after releasing the gas from a pair of stored propane tanks. Novak starts the boat and speeds away just as the piranhas surround Kelly and Jake. They are dragged to safety as the propane tanks explode, destroying the boat and killing most of the piranhas.
Mr. Goodman calls Julie on the radio, and Julie tells him that they seem to have killed the majority of the piranhas. A horrified Goodman tells her that the reproductive glands on the piranha they obtained were not mature, which means that the fish they have killed were only the babies. As Novak wonders aloud where the parents are, the human sized-piranha queen leaps out of the water and eats him.
- Elisabeth Shue as Julie Forester
- Steven R. McQueen as Jake Forester
- Adam Scott as Novak Radzinsky
- Jerry O'Connell as Derrick Jones
- Jessica Szohr as Kelly Driscoll
- Kelly Brook as Danni Arslow
- Riley Steele as Crystal Shepard
- Ving Rhames as Deputy Fallon
- Dina Meyer as Paula Montellano
- Christopher Lloyd as Carl Goodman
- Richard Dreyfuss as Matt Boyd
- Ricardo Chavira as Sam Montez
- Paul Scheer as Andrew Cunningham
- Cody Longo as Todd Dupree
- Sage Ryan as Zane Forester
- Brooklynn Proulx as Laura Forester
- Devra Korwin as Mrs. Goodman
- Jesse Pruett as Spring Break Party Student
Richard Dreyfuss said that he accepted the role after Bob Weinstein persuaded him by offering him a larger salary, which Dreyfuss later donated to charity. Dreyfuss also stated that the ill-fated character he plays is a parody and a near-reincarnation of Matt Hooper, the character he portrayed in the film Jaws (1975), with whom his character shares the same first name. Jaws later served as inspiration for the parody film entitled Piranha. The song the character in Piranha 3D listens to on the radio on his boat is "Show Me the Way to Go Home", which Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw sing together aboard Quint's boat the Orca in Jaws.
Chuck Russell was originally scheduled to direct the film, and made uncredited rewrites to the script by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger, as well as incorporating the original John Sayles script that Joe Dante directed the first time around. Alexandre Aja was selected to direct the film instead.
Production on the film was scheduled to begin late 2008, but was delayed until March 2009. In October 2008, Aja stated filming would begin in the spring. He further stated "It's such a difficult movie, not only because of the technicality of it and the CGI fish, but also because it all happens in a lake. We were supposed to start shooting now, but the longer to leave it the colder the water gets. The movie takes place during Spring Break and, of course, the studio wanted it ready for the summer, but if you've got 1,000 people who need to get murdered in the water, you have to wait for the right temperature for the water, for the weather, for everything."
Citing constraints with 3D camera rigs, Aja shot Piranha in 2D and converted to 3D in post production using a 3D conversion process developed by Michael Roderick and used by the company, Inner-D. Unlike some other 3D converted films released in 2010, Piranha's conversion was not done as an afterthought, and it was one of the first post-conversion processes to be well received by critics.
Piranha 3D's theatrical release date had been set for April 16, 2010, but was delayed. The film was planned to premiere on August 27, 2010, but in June 2010 was moved to August 20, 2010. The film's first trailer debuted with Avatar. A second trailer was shown in prints of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Inception. It was set to have a panel on 24 July 2010 as part of the San Diego Comic-Con International but was cancelled after convention organizers decided the footage that was planned to be shown was not appropriate. Nine minutes of footage, with some unfinished effects, were leaked onto websites. The clip used in promotional TV ads and the trailer that shows Jessica Szohr's character, Kelly, face to face with a pack of piranhas was not used in the movie, and was used for promotion only.
The official poster was released June 22, 2010.
Piranha 3D grossed $10,106,872 in its first 3 days, opening at #6 in the United States box office. In the United Kingdom, Piranha 3D opened at #4 at the box office, earning £1,487,119. As of May 16, 2011, Piranha 3D has made $83,188,165 worldwide.
Piranha 3D received generally positive reviews. It is certified "fresh" on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes with an approval rating of 73% and an average score of 6.2 out of 10, based on 120 reviews. The consensus reads, "Playing exactly to expectations for a movie about killer fish run amok, Piranha 3-D dishes out gore, guffaws and gratuitous nudity with equal glee." On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received a score of 53, based on 20 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews". A tongue-in-cheek scholarly review of the movie was written for the journal Copeia (Chakrabarty & Fink 2011), which reviewed the movie as if it were a documentary film.
Empire gave the film three out of five stars, saying "Remember the film you hoped Snakes on a Plane would be – this is it! By any sane cinematic standards, meretricious trash ... but thrown at you with such good-humoured glee that it's hard to resist. It's a bumper-sticker of a movie: honk if you love tits and gore! Honk honk honk." Christy Lemire, film critic for the Associated Press, said "Run, don't walk: Piranha 3D is hilariously, cleverly gory. Mere words cannot describe how awesomely gnarly Piranha 3D is, how hugely entertaining, and how urgently you must get yourself to the theatre to see it. Like, now." HollywoodLife.com called the film "a campy masterpiece of a movie", adding "If you have an ounce of fun in your body, you will love this movie about killer piranhas that overtake a town of hotties – in 3D!" Peter Hall of Cinematical.com said "The gore, the nudity, the language, the gags, the characters – it's all always on the rise. Just when you think things could not possibly get more ridiculous, that the film has peaked, Aja and screenwriters Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg manage to ram another syringe of adrenaline into its heart." The Hollywood Reporter referred to the film as "a pitch-perfect, guilty-pleasure serving of late-summer schlock that handily nails the tongue-in-cheek spirit of the Roger Corman original" while stating "Jaws it ain't – Aja exhibits little patience for such stuff as dramatic tension and tautly coiled suspense, and there are some undeniable choppy bits...but he never loses sight of the potential fun factor laid out in Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg's script." The Orlando Sentinel gave the film one and a half stars out of four, stating that "Piranha 3D goes for the jugular. And generally misses, but generally in an amusing way."
The film was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D formats on Tuesday, January 11, 2011. The "3D" part of the title was taken off the 2D releases to prevent confusion of the two formats. The film was released in Australia on Thursday, December 30, 2010. The film was shown on British television on Channel 5 on February 10, 2013 for the first time, and in 2D format.
|Piranha 3D: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Various artists|
|Released||August 31, 2010|
|Label||Lakeshore Records LKS 341872|
|Producer||Skip Williamson (exec.), Brian McNelis (exec.)|
Lakeshore Records released the soundtrack album of Piranha 3D which included mostly rap, dance, hip-hop and R&B music. Artists include Shwayze, Envy, Flatheads, Amanda Blank, Public Enemy, Dub Pistols, and Hadouken!.
|1.||"Get U Home"||Cisco Adler and Aaron Smith||Shwayze||3:14|
|2.||"Shake Shake"||Emmanuel Duncan and Leviticus||Envy feat. Leviticus||3:25|
|3.||"Here She Comes"||Geoff Siegel and Nik Frost||Flatheads||3:34|
|4.||"Make It Take It"||Amanda McGrath, Alex Epton, Mario Andreoni, Santi White and Tyler Pope||Amanda Blank||2:27|
|5.||"Bring the Noise (Remix Pump-kin Edit)"||Carlten Ridenhour, Eric Sadler and Hank Shocklee||Public Enemy vs. Benny Benassi||3:39|
|6.||"She Moves"||Jason O'Bryan, Barry Ashworth and Ter K. Lawrence||Dub Pistols||3:12|
|7.||"Flower Duet from Lakmé"||Léo Delibes||Adriana Kohutkova and Denisa Slepkovska||6:37|
|8.||"Nadas Por Free"||Willy "Wil-Dog" Abers, Ulises Bella, Raul Pacheco, Justin Porée, Asdru Sierra and Jiro Yamaguchi||Ozomatli||2:57|
|9.||"Come and Get It"||Eli Paperboy Reed, Ryan Spraker and Michael Montgomery||Eli Paperboy Reed||3:33|
|10.||"Now You See It (Benny Benassi and DJ Shimik Extended Mix)"||Armando C. Perez, Justin Roman, Vince Garcia, Tony Arazadon and Richard Bailey||Honorebel feat. Pitbull and Jump Smokers||3:25|
|11.||"M.A.D."||James Smith, Alice Spooner, Daniel Rice, Nick Rice and Chris Purcell||Hadouken!||3:25|
|12.||"I'm in the House"||Steve Aoki, William Adams and Justin Bates||Steve Aoki feat. Zuper Blahq||3:24|
Songs not included on the soundtrack
- "Show Me the Way to Go Home" by Mitch Miller & The Gang
- "I'm Not a Whore" by LMFAO
- "Fetish" by Far East Movement
- "Girls on the Dance Floor" by Far East Movement
- A&r [Director] – Eric Craig
- Cello [Electric Cello], Guitar, Percussion, Programmed By – Michael Wandmacher
- Composed By – Susie Benchasil Seiter
- Conductor – Michael Wandmacher
- Edited By [Music] – Joshua Winget
- Executive Producer [Executive Producer For Lakeshore Records] – Brian McNelis, Skip Williamson
- Mixed By – Mark Curry (3)
- Orchestrated By – Chad Seiter, Michael Wandmacher, Susie Benchasil Seiter
- Producer – Michael Wandmacher
Dimension Films announced a sequel shortly after the first film was released. The film is Piranha 3DD and is directed by John Gulager with Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan writing. It was released on June 1, 2012. It stars Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, David Koechner, Chris Zylka, Katrina Bowden and Gary Busey, with Ving Rhames, Paul Scheer and Christopher Lloyd reprising their roles from Piranha 3D. Piranha 3DD is set at a waterpark where the piranhas find a way through the pipes.
Following its release, it failed to generate the positive critical reaction of its predecessor and grossed only $8,493,728.
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