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Morgan J. Freeman
A sunken US supply ship off a Caribbean island resort is the focus for a series of mysterious piranha attacks. Investigating the death of one of her son's companions after a scuba-diving trip, Anne Kimbrough breaks into the morgue with holidaymaker Tyler Sherman, only to discover that the fish have wings and can fly. But the hotel manager refuses to call off the annual fish fry on the beach, with inevitable consequences...Written by
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One of the locations that James Cameron had found for the movie was a real morgue, but when it was time to shoot there, the crew found three dead corpses there, one being a little girl, and one which had been opened for autopsy. They tried to hide away the bodies the best they could, but actor Steve Marachuk decided to take a look anyway. He was horrified at what he saw and had to leave the set for 30 minutes. When hearse drivers finally came to collect the bodies during a lunch break, one of them dropped the autopsied body, causing gallons of real blood to spill over the floor, which Cameron had to clean himself before he allowed his cast back on the set. See more »
Despite the title, the flying fish in this aren't piranhas at all. They are actually grunions, which are saltwater fish. See more »
If you guessed Sidney Poitier you'd be wrong. So begins James Cameron's fascination with water. And what humble beginnings they are. Cameron would probably like to forget this one, because it is sadly less perfect than Dante's original. In Piranha II: The Spawning you're no longer safe outside the water. This time they can fly. Now, with a premise like that you expect certain things. Evil, flying, man-eating fish just begs for comedy. But I assure you, this film is never played for laughs; and that's its downfall. Dante's Piranha had elements of comedy in it and this one should have followed suit (especially with flying fish!!!). Make-up legend Giannetto De Rossi did the effects for the film, however, the picture quality on the VHS I was watching was so muddled I couldn't appreciate them. The fish themselves are still accompanied by that menacing sound effect, so they still have that going for them. Unless you're a hardcore Lance Henriksen/James Cameron fan, I'd say you can miss this one.
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