When I first heard that Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Haute Tension) was writing and directing a remake of the classic 70’s Joe Dante film Piranha, I thought “Hmmm. This could be a good thing.” Then I read that he was doing it in 3D and I thought “Dang! I thought this could be a good thing; guess I was wrong.”
The remake, cleverly titled Piranha 3D, is set in the fictional location of Lake Victoria during spring break (think Lake Havasu), and after a underwater earthquake releases a prehistoric flesh-eating fish, “an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents.” Sherriff Julie Forester must risk all that she loves and knows to destroy the piranha “save the lake and her family from totally being devoured.”
Piranha 3D stars Elizabeth Shue as Sherriff Julie Forester, along with Steve R. McQueen as her husband (ex?) Jake Forester. Joining them in their battle against the aquatic nightmare are Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Jerry O’Connell (Obsessed), Richard Dreyfuss (who is used to battling monsters in the water) Ving Rhames (The Tournament), Kelly Brook (Three) and “basterd” Eli Roth whose IMDB credit is listed as “Wet t-shirt contest emcee”.
We have some new pictures that have been released (thanks to Dread Central, where you can find more) and the ones you will see below are SFW and SFYS (Safe For Your Stomach). However, I would be remiss if I didn’t give you a link to some super-gory pics, and people, I’m mean SUPER GORY! I’m going to warn you now, if you are easily offended or disgusted by over-the-top blood and gore then by all means DO NOT CLICK ON THE FINAL THREE PICS OR PAGE 2!
Now one more time; the following links to three pictures from the movie are not for the faint of heart. They are extremely violent, gory and most disgusting. Click with caution and you can assume they are NSFW and not appropriate for kids – this is not a dare, we’re just letting you know they’re really unsettling.
For those that don’t want to see them enjoy the cuddly replacement pics instead. :)
Super Ultra Gory Pic #1 (This is the tamest of the group but still nasty)
Super Ultra Gory Pic #2 (This is worse than the first IMHO)
Super Ultra Gory Pic #3 ( This is the worst of the bunch)
If you were brave enough to click through to those images then I’m sure you were left with a slight unsettling feeling in your stomach; I know I was. Remember, all of these images will be in 3D, so if you thought The Final Destination was bloody in 3D, just wait until you see those images above in 3D.
The story is pretty stand fare for a horror movie and since it’s going to take place on a lake during spring break, you can be sure there will be a ridiculous amount of female nudity, teenage drinking and excessive cussing. It’s not very surprising to me because the campy horror from the 70’s were known for the voluptuous female teens baring all just before falling subject to a bloody demise. What I was not prepared for, was the amount of gore Aja decided to put in Piranha 3D.
If you do a Google image search for “Piranha 3D” you’ll find some images of Kelly Brook and a female friend, um “partying” that we didn’t think were appropriate for Screen Rant but what the pics give us is an understanding as to the amount of gratuitous violence, gore and overt sexuality that we can expect to be in Piranha 3D.
I’ve never been a fan of the use of 3D technology in films. It’s gimmicky, ups the price of tickets and generally doesn’t do anything to make the movie better. A pile of garbage in 3D is still a pile of garbage, it’s just now directly in your face. I’m a little on the fence with Piranha 3D because I like campy horror films and the gore doesn’t bother all that much. I don’t care much for human or human violence (The Collector, Hostel 1 & 2, Saw) but animal on human violence, however, doesn’t bother me in the least.
That being said, I think Piranha 3D is going to be an example of 3D technology run amok and give us several shots of girl body parts being shoved into our faces, blood squirting into the camera lens and fish eating through people’s chest ala Alien style.
What do you think about Piranha 3D and were you brave enough to click through to the gory pics? What is your take on the overuse of 3D in a monster film like this?
Piranha 3D should chomp its way through theater screens March 19th, 2010 but IMDB still shows it chewing up the scenery April 16, 2010.