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Directed byJim Wynorski
Written byMike MacLean
Produced byForest King
StarringMichael Madsen
Rib Hillis
Rachel Hunter
Release date
  • June 16, 2012 (2012-06-16) (Syfy)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

Piranhaconda is an American science fiction B-movie, premiered on June 16, 2012, on the Syfy Channel.[1] It is directed by Jim Wynorski, produced by Forest King, and stars Michael Madsen, Rib Hillis, Rachel Hunter, and Terri Ivens.[2]



The film was written by Mike MacLean, who had written Dinocroc vs. Supergator and a number of scripts for Roger Corman. Corman hired him to write the film.[3]

MacLean said "I learned from Roger that a cable movie is a different animal than a theatrical release. First and foremost, cable movies must be faster-paced. With a theatrical release, the audience has driven to the mall, bought a ticket, and fought the crowds for a seat. They've made an investment in the viewing experience, so they're not walking out on the film if it's pacing is a bit leisurely. A cable movie audience has the remote within reach... So you have to keep things moving, which means showing the creature soon and often."[3]

MacLean added that "these films must have an element of comedic irony... the effects still can't compete with the big studio blockbusters. So they're has to be a comedic undercurrent to the story. Audiences are more likely to accept a less-than-realistic effect if they know they're laughing with the filmmakers."[3]


The film received generally negative reviews.[4]

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  1. ^ "Syfy Channel - Piranhaconda". syfy.com Retrieved June 17, 2012
  2. ^ Bene, Jason (August 2015). "Roger Corman King of the Creature Feature". Delirium. No. 8. pp. 8–13.
  3. ^ a b c "Interview: Piranhaconda Writer Mike MacLean". Coming Soon. May 13, 2012.
  4. ^ Singer, Matt (June 20, 2012). "'Piranhaconda' Director Lashes Out at Critic". Indie Wire.

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