Piranha [Blu-ray] [1978]

  • SKU: 1022442
  • Release Date: 08/03/2010
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
86% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6 out of 7)

Special Features

  • Audio commentary with director Joe Dante and producer Jon Davis
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • "The Making of Piranha" featurette with new interviews from Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Dick Miller, Belinda Balaski and many more
  • Bloopers and Outtakes
  • Piranha trailer with commentary by producer Jon Davison - courtesy of trailers from hell
  • Stills gallery with photos and posters from around the world
  • Behind-the-scenes stills gallery featuring photos from Phil Tippett's personal collection
  • Additional scenes from the newtork television version
  • Radio and TV spots
  • New world trailers


The sophomore effort for director Joe Dante, a future protégé of Steven Spielberg, this low-budget, high-camp horror spoof of Jaws (1977) features several chiller stars of yesteryear. Insurance investigator Maggie McKeown (Heather Menzies) is dispatched to find two missing teenage hikers near Lost River Lake. She hires surly backwoods drunkard Paul Grogan (Bradford Dillman) to serve as her guide. Searching the area, they find an abandoned military facility. The only resident is Dr. Robert Hoak (Kevin McCarthy), former head of a top-secret project to breed piranha for use in the Vietnam War. The project was closed down years ago, but Hoak has continued raising a deadly strain of the flesh-eating fish. When Hoak is knocked unconscious, Maggie and Paul accidentally release the piranha into a local river, which leads to the lake where a children's summer camp and a newly opened tourist resort will provide plenty of fish food for the hungry predators. Maggie and Paul race to warn the locals, but their pleas fall on skeptical ears, such as those of resort owner Buck Gardner (Dick Miller) -- until the piranha reach the swimmers. Piranha (1978) was co-written by John Sayles, making his motion picture debut. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Bradford Dillman
    Bradford Dillman - Paul Grogan
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    Heather Menzies - Maggie McKeown
  • Kevin McCarthy
    Kevin McCarthy - Dr. Robert Joak
  • Keenan Wynn
    Keenan Wynn - Jack
  • Dick Miller
    Dick Miller - Buck Gardner

Customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Classic Horror - Poor Blu-Ray Quality

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    This is a classic movie that I am happy to add to my horror collection. This film comes out after the success of Jaws movie which like all rip off movies tries to rake in the money for their version of a killer fish. Overall the film is a great film for all the cult classic horror film people out there. In terms of the blu-ray, that is the major let down. The video quality is probably the only good quality about the film. Nothing spectacular for a Blu Ray. The Audio is not upgraded, same mono sound you get a VHS or DVD. Personally if I knew this, I would have purchased the film on DVD. It IS NOT worth it for blu ray. Do yourself a favor, buy the DVD version, you are better off!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good Late 70's Horror Film


    "Piranha" is a good late 70's Horror Film from one of the great Director's of the 70's and 80's, Joe Dante', who also directed "The Howling" and "Gremlins". The movie builds a lot of tension and suspense, has an interesting plot device, and - as all good Horror Films do - it has a unique ending that has a kick. I originally watched this with very low excectations and was pleasantly surprised. Give it a whirl!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Water Horror

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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Following the trend of water related horror, fun movie that is worth watching.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cheesy fun B Movie!

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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This is pretty entertaining B movie from the late 70s. It was intended to be a Jaws parody and works well as one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Joe Dante's Piranha is a fun, lightweight comical horror film. There's not much to it, but it's likable and funny.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    camp classic

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    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    way better than remake and the piranhas actually look better in this, very good Shoutfactory release

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great movie


    awesome movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

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