Director: Joe Dante
Screenwriters: John Sayles

Institute History

  • 1985 Sundance Film Festival


This Dante/Sayles send up of JAWS finds a mad doctor stocking local rivers with man-eating fish—with the expected results. Sayles said “I decided that given a 90 to 100 minute movie there should be a piranha attack every ten minutes.” And so it is. Dante’s direction is fast-paced and lively, cramming Piranha with in-jokes and spoofs on countless 50’s sci-fi films.

Screening Details

  • Section: Highlights: Petit, Truffaut, Passer, Corman's Prodigies
  • Film Type: Dramatic Feature
  • Country: U.S.A.
  • Run Time: 92 min.
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