Piranha (1978)

Piranha

Directed by Joe Dante

1978 • R • English • 93 min.

Ostensibly commissioned by “B” movie super-producer Roger Corman to cash in on the box office success of Jaws, director Joe Dante and writer John Sayles crafted a killer fish flick with plenty of its own charms. In Piranha, the fish are a lot smaller than a shark, but there are a whole lot more of them. And bonus (here’s where the sci-fi comes in) — they’re genetically engineered to be extra deadly.

Cast: Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies-Urich, Kevin McCarthy

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