MOVIE REVIEW: PIRANHA (2010)
Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Crawl) dives into shamelessly entertaining, eco-horror as he takes us to Spring Break on Lake Victoria, Arizona where burnt out college kids are ready to let loose in the horror/comedy remake Piranha.
Adult movie producer Derick (Jerry O’Conell) is in town to film his new movie, Bad Bad Girls, a spring break style collection of girls going wild while baring their all. Down one teammate, Derick hires local hottie Jake (Stephen R. McQueen) whose mom Julie Forester (Elisabeth Shue) is town sheriff, to act as a location scout and additional hand while making his low budget free for all.
When Jake breaks his promise to his mom in which he is suppose to be watching his younger siblings, the two young kids find themselves stranded alone on the shoreline as prehistoric piranhas escape a rupture in the middle of earth and begin their attack.
Further mayhem ensues when spring breakers fail to heed Sheriff Forester’s warning; refusing to stop the party and get out of the lake. The fun and festivities soon turns into a bloodbath of epic proportion.
Alexandre Aja does a fine job at straddling a line between comedy and horror. While Piranha is satirical at best it remains a horror film and progresses to a bloody good climax where comedy cannot be found.
I don’t know about you but I’m a sucker for a terribly good Spring Break horror movie. All the better if it doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is one of the reasons Piranha works so well.