BASTARD PUPS OF JAWS: Piranha (1995)

In case Piranha wasn’t enough for you, Roger Corman produced this 1995 Showtime movie that’s a shot for shot remake of the original. It gets better — or worse — because instead of shooting new special effects for the film, Corman recycled the special effects and the screenplay from the original minus the humor. If you listen to the commentary of the original film by Joe Dante, it’s obvious how little he enjoyed the remake.

Alexandra Paul (Christine) takes over the role of Maggie and William Katt (Carrie) is Paul as they investigate the disappearance of a young girl. Yep — it’s the same movie you’ve already seen, minus Barbara Steele or even the role she played, Dr. Mengers. Punky Brewster herself, Soleil Moon Frye, shows up and future star Mila Kunis had her first role in this picture. And hey! There’s James Karen from Return of the Living Dead!

There’s not much else here for me to recommend, because this is so close to the original but missing all of the parts that actually make Piranha a much better movie than it ever deserved to be. Maybe this was just to try and hold onto the copyright to the title, but it’s really not fun at all.

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