Monster of the Day #972

Hmm, I’ve got to wrap up my long unfinished (or un-finn-ished…see what I did there?) review of this someday.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    The #1 entry on James Cameron’s resume, I’m sure.

  • Gamera977

    #2 would have to be the boobs ship from ‘Battle Beyond the Stars.

  • Flangepart

    Um…Inviso-Crock? Transpara-Dino?

  • Rock Baker

    This movie is such a bizarre item. I just can’t fathom how it’s possible to make a movie about killer flying fish that is in no way entertaining, but Cameron somehow did it. Frankly, were I in his shoes, I’d be rather grateful my name had been removed from it. THIS is from the same guy who gave us THE TERMINATOR, TERMINATOR 2, TRUE LIES, and yes, even TITANIC? The mind boggles.

  • Flangepart

    OH, flying Piranhas! Now it see it. Kinda looks like a frisbee from the front angle.

  • Eric Hinkle

    Piranha 2! I remember this one mostly for thd scene with the two utterly gorgeous gals who both end up getting et up by the titular monsters; one falls into the water and MUNCH CHEW SLOBBER GOBBLE, and the other gets nailed when one piranha flies(!) right up to her and bites her in the throat. Those fish had better targeting than a smart bomb.

  • Funny thing is, both those ideas are far better than what’s in the picture.

  • 7superdaimajin

    James Cameron was fired from Piranha 2 before he shot a single frame of film.
    Piranha 2 is NOT a James Cameron movie.

  • Ken_Begg

    That is entirely incorrect. Cameron shot quite a lot of it before he was fired. He himself tells the story of how he broke into the editing room after the film was completed to edit the film how he wanted it. (They noticed and edited the film back.) He would hardly have done that if he hadn’t “shot a single frame of film.”

    I’d say the film as it stands is at least half shot by Cameron; certainly all the underwater stuff seems to be his, and I’m assuming he shot a lot of the scenes with Lance Henriksen.

    Watching the film it’s fairly easy to tell what Cameron shot, because the rest of the stuff features awful comic relief and whatnot.

  • The Rev.

    Damn, I’m anticipating that one. Hopefully we get it someday.

    I saw this many, many years ago. I was young enough for a couple of parts to actually spook me, particularly the piranha that emerges from a corpse to kill a nurse. I found the flying piranhas fairly creepy, too. I should see if I can find it; I have a feeling my reaction will be very, very different this time around. It also occurs to me that I’d also be seeing it unedited for the first time (saw it on a local late-night showing, and I know some of the other movies I saw there, like Red Sonja, ended up having things cut out).

  • David Fullam

    Cameron’s best film.

  • Rock Baker

    You actually sum up a lot of my disappointment in the film, Rev. There was a ton of stuff there that should have been at the very least entertaining, but the picture just wasn’t. I’m interested in seeing Ken’s review as well (although I have a feeling that if Ken were able to get enough material from it to do a full review, he must have found more entertainment value -albeit of a different sort than I was seeking I guess- than I did).