Piranha 1978

Milwaukee Film Milwaukee, WI


Jill B. K. Leonard

Professor of Biology, Northern Michigan University

Piranha— Monsters in the lake!

Horror movies abound, but are there really monsters in the lake? What behaviors really make a monster? How do humans perceive organisms that could be having monstrous effects? Biologist Jill B. K. Leonard explores a bit of myth, a lot about invasive and exotic species, finds some parasites, and considers how humans ought to regard the denizens of the lakes.

Milwaukee Film Milwaukee, WI

Film Synopsis

When flesh-eating piranhas are accidentally released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

When thousands of military hybrid piranhas are accidentally released into a river used by a children's holiday camp, the race is on to get downstream before the flesh-eating fish do.

Performed with a wink and directed with wry self-awareness, Piranha is an unabashed B-movie with satirical bite. Rotten Tomatoes

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