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: Homecoming, The Screwfly Solution)