Piranha 3D is the latest film by French writer/director Alexandre Aja, who is fast becoming a genre Swiss army knife for Hollywood. To date, he has written and directed five feature films. Haúte Tension (aka Switchblade Romance) was his second and is a tight, efficiently worked horror that, while not perfect because of massive plot holes, is totally enjoyable and stylistically thrilling – blood on a white carpet never seems to fail. Helped along by an emergence of other French horror films in the past seven years such as Martyrs and Inside (aka À l’intérieur), the big boys in Hollywood took notice and he was able to jump over to America for a remake of Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes and now this remake/re-imagining/retelling of 1978′s Piranha.
We all know what to expect, right? It’s a campy horror comedy straight out of the ‘80s. Leave your brain at the door because you won’t need it. The plot centres on Lake Victoria in Arizona during spring break weekend. A resident of the town (Jaws’ Richard Dreyfuss in a great cameo) is fishing in a deserted part of the lake when an earthquake hits, opening an underwater cavern that’s home to thousands of prehistoric piranhas. Chaos ensues as the town’s police department try to save the thousands of teenagers, who only care about getting very drunk and having lots of sex.