Wednesday, October 19, 2011
31 Flavors of Horror #19: Piranha (2010)
Besides, what's better for a playful, fun "Humpday" than a fun, sleazy, party flick like this?
31 Flavors of Horror #19
This whole ethos of this movie can be summed up in three words: "Underwater Lesbian Ballet."
This flick is about gore and nudity- like, we're talking skin levels out of an 80s sex comedy. Seriously, there are a LOT of boobs in this movie. There's also some truly excellent gore effects.
The most stunning effect, for me, even happens just in the background, like a throwaway moment. 2 men are helping a woman out of the water by carrying here and her ravaged torso just splits in half. She even reacts for a moment before fizzling out. Just savage. Swarms of CGI fishies strip bodies down to gristle and reddened bone in seconds.
And, oh, those fish - pardon my French, but those are some ugly fuckin' fish. My first thought is if they've been down there, underground living and evolving for a million years they woulda probably evolved their eyes out of the picture by now. I think they have their eyes still so they can best see all the 3D breasts (have I mentioned there's a LOTTA nudity in this yet?).
So, we have great gore and great globes, what else is there? A great cast!
(More about that great cast, and their respective gizzards, after the jump...)
Also, thrill to Riley Steele coughing up a fanged tuna! Ving Rhames says "I'm too old for this!" Kelly Brook and her gorgeous McGorgeousness! (Seriously, holy hot damn, you never see nudity like this any more in movies.) Jerry O'Connell, his coke nose, and his detachable penis! Eli Roth and his smashed, smug gourd! This movie is as much fun for the people watching as it is for the semi-devoured people watching. Piranha is a thrill a minute, with every story beat carrying exclamation points!
Sadly this film is saddled with one handicap: two children who can't act, and who're acting twice their age. Solely here to be "children in jeopardy," you're kinda bummed when they, you know, make it to the end of the movie. They're about the only factor detracting from the short, sharp, silly, nasty little party crowd-pleaser.
Personally, I spent this whole movie waiting for the guy who threw his Slushie at one character's Pixies T-Shirt to die. Hard. (He's almost as bad as the wimp who steals a boat and winds up killing more people than the damn piranha did.) Thankfully, no crime goes unpunished in Piranha.