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‘Piranha 3DD’ Gets a Start DDate

It’s being reported by Bloody Disgusting that filming is scheduled to begin for the sequel to 2010’s Piranha 3D sometime at the end of May. John Gulager will direct, and it will see him reteaming with Feast writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. The film’s title insinuates that there will be an increased focus on 3D bosoms for the sequel, but in addition to that, some other plot details have become known as well. This time the story will detail the prehistoric piranha’s voyage through a town’s plumbing system and into their local water park named ‘Wilderness Waters’. Seeing as the first one was set at a spring break hot spot and this one is set at a public water park, I don’t see where they’re going to get the chance to focus as much on T&A, but my heart definitely goes out to them as they give it the old college try. The film’s release date is currently set as November 23rd.

Personally, I’m torn about this news. I absolutely loved Piranha 3D. Where there have been a lot of films that have been parodies or homage to B movie schlock over the last decade, Piranha 3D just simply was B movie schlock. It wasn’t making any sort of ironic observation about exploitation films; it just was an exploitation film. And it made it look so easy by just concentrating on being fun. There were nude models artistically swimming to ballet music, a severed penis being burped out towards the camera, probably the biggest massacre sequence I’ve ever seen put on film, and tons of stupid excuses to show busty women taking their tops off. It was just perfect. I’ve seen Gulager and company’s Feast. It wasn’t half as fun for me as Piranha 3D. While both films were hyper violent throwbacks to the nihilistic horror movies of the past, there were differences in tone. Piranha 3D came off to me as being a cool movie just made for shits and giggles, whereas Feast was more a nerdy fetishizing of the horror genre that tried to be edgy and hip. I didn’t really like it much. If Piranha 3D’s original creative team of director Alexandre Aja and screenwriters Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg were coming back, I would be jumping for joy. Right now, I’m cautiously optimistic. But I could imagine bigger fans of the horror genre having a completely opposite reaction to this news than me. What’s your opinion?

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at templeofreviews.com

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