The piranha in The Asylum’s “shadow” blockbuster Mega Piranha are, as the name suggests, really big. But I always assumed that the titular aquatic beasties in the upcoming official remake of Joe Dante’s 1978 original (Piranha 3D, directed by The Hills Have Eyes remake alumni Alexandre Aja) would be just an ordinary, if peculiarly vicious, mutant species. But no! Seems they’re prehistoric and hence reasonably over-sized (for piranha), no longer created by pollution or science-gone-wrong, but released through a fracture in the seabed from the basement-level ocean depths where they’ve been confined.
Anyway, though the plot looks like the typical post-Jaws rip, combined with the gormless and hormone-fried youth on holidays trope, the presence of those neat CGI fish and Back to the Future‘s Christopher Lloyd make this a more attractive 90 minutes or so than I’d thought.
And I’ll happily skip the 3D…
Addendum: A couple more images courtesy of Kaiju Search-Robot Avery.
- Writing: Robert Hood