by Joe Dante
United States, 1978, 95’, color

John Sayles
Jamie Anderson
Joe Dante
Mark Goldblatt
Pino Donaggio
production design
Bill Mellin
Kerry Mellin

Bradford Dillman [Paul Grogan]
Heather Menzies-Urich [Maggie McKeown]
Kevin McCarthy [Dr. Robert Hoak]
Keenan Wynn [Jack]
Dick Miller [Buck Gardner]
Barbara Steele [Dr. Mengers]
Belinda Balaski [Betsy]
Melody Thomas Scott [Laura Dickinson]

Jon Davison
Piranha Productions
New World Pictures

While searching for missing teenagers, novice skip tracer Maggie McKeown and local town boozer Paul Grogan stumble upon a top-secret Army laboratory conducting genetic research on piranha fish for the purpose of developing biological warfare. When the deadly eating machines are accidently released from the compound, they are soon headed downstream and consuming everything, and anything, in their path. 

Joe Dante (1947, Morriston, New Jersey) studied at the Philadelphia College of Art. He started in the film industry as a cutter of trailers for Roger Corman's New World Pictures. His co-directing début was a parody on Corman's film style, shot in ten days. The film, cartoon and television fanatic Dante is regarded as one of the most important innovators in the fantasy and horror genre in the 1980s.

2018 Nightmare Cinema (segment: Mirari
2014 Burying the Ex 
2009 The Hole
2006 Trapped Ashes (segment: Wraparound)
2005-2006 Masters of Horror (segments: HomecomingThe Screwfly Solution)
2003 Haunted Lighthouse
2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action
1998 Small Soldiers
1997 The Second Civil War
1993 Matinée
1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch
1989 The Burbs
1987 Innerspace
1985 Explorers
1984 Gremlins
1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie
1981 The  Howling
1978 Piranha
1976 Hollywood Boulevard
1968 The Movie Orgy

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