Piranha 3DD

AKA : Piranha DD, Piranha 2.

Tag line : Double the Action, Double the Terror, Double the D's.

Piranha 3DDThose nasty piranha from the first film are back, but this time they're invading a water park, after the unscrupulous owner decides to tap into an underground spring to save on his water bills.

Unawhere of the impending piranha menace, young Maddy (Danielle Panabaker), who co-owns the park is more concerned that her step-father has replaced the life guards with strippers and opening an "adult" themed section to what was originally a family venue.

But it isn't too long before they realise there's something nasty in the nearby lake, when she and her friends are attacked by one of the pre-historic piranhas from the earlier film. Realising that the killer fish may travel up the inlet pipes and into the water park, they try and stop its grand re-opening, only to find no one will listen to them.

Hilarity quickly ensues as the patrons at the park take to the water and the piranha proceed to chow down on them, producing some spectacularly gory scenes as the water park quickly becomes a blood bath. Like it's predecessor, there's also plenty of female flesh on show (this film isn't called "Piranha 3DD" for nothing), though perhaps the scene that stuck in my mind the most is where some poor unfortunate lad ends up with a piranha biting on one of the unmentionable parts of his body, that was just sooo wrong.

Directed by John Gulager, overall I really enjoyed this, though I will admit, that this was not as good as the original. BUT, it was still a damn good laugh. I liked the way Christopher Lloyd and Ving Rhames returned to reprise their earlier roles. Indeed, Rhames arguably manages to steal the film right at the end, and I also liked the way they got Gary Busey and the mighty David Hasselhoff in this to make guest appearances.

So whilst this might not win any academy awards, I still thought it was fun. My only gripe is that if you want to see it in 3D at home, you have to buy the Blu-Ray and have one of those special 3D TVs, as unlike the previous movie, they’ve decided not to bother with a 3D version for the DVD release, which I think is a bit crap.

But anyway, if you liked the previous film, give this one a whirl.

Overall Marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "Terror Lurks Where You least Expect It", "No Body is Safe", "More Water, More Sex, More Blood", "There's Still Something in the Water".

  • The scenes at the "Big Wet" water park were shot at the Jungle Rapids water park in North Carolina.

  • The films budget was $5,000,000.

  • John Gulager also directed the "Feast" trilogy.

  • Danielle Panabaker, also played Becca in "The Crazies" (2010) and Jenna in "Friday the 13th" (2009). She suffers from a fear of water, which made filming many of her scenes extremely difficult for her.

  • Ving Rhames character wasn't originally going to return, but Dimension films boss Harvey Weinstein got a message on his mobile phone from him saying "This is Ving Piranha 3DD Rhames. Guess what? My character didn't die". At which point, he was he was hastily written in.

  • The original plan was to shoot in Detroit Michigan, during November and December, however production was delayed for several months as it would have been impractical filming in Winter.

  • The opening shots, showing Lake Victoria as a ghost town, were filmed at Salton Sea in California.

  • The idea for the scene where the van rolls into the water was taken from an unfilmed scene that was cut from the script of the first film.

  • The person accompanying Gary Busey's character out into the swamp during the intro was played by the director's father Clu Gulager, of "Return of the Living Dead" fame.

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Other films in the series.

Piranha Piranha 2 : Flying Killer Piranhas Piranha 3D

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