#368/#85 Piranha 3DD
Following the events of Piranha 3D, the piranhas have been killed off in their original lake but have been migrating in underwater caverns. Returning from collage Maddy (Danielle Panabarker), co-owner of her late mother’s water park, returns to find her step father (David Koechner) has basically turned it into a strip club in the water. Filling the place to capacity for a grand re-opening, with special guest David Hasselhoff in attendance, sees the once though killed piranha’s resurface for another killing frenzy.
After watching Piranha 3D last year, and being thouroughly surprised at how much I enjoyed it, I was looking forward to another dose of the cheesy self aware gore-fest I loved so much in this latest instalment. That’s… not what I got unfortunately. Elements of what made it so entertaining the first time are still there; like Christopher Lloyd’s returning performance, every time David Hasselhoff is on screen and a particularly ludicrous sex/piranha attack scene but the rest of it isn’t self aware B movies schlock anymore, it’s just bad B movie schlock.
When something works film companies, producers, writers or whoever always seem to want to ramp up whatever aspect everyone really liked about the first one to about 11. This very rarely makes for a good sequel. Therefore the boobs, ass, blood, beer and gore from the first are all here in large quantities, but you don’t really care this time. It could be that it’s just people going to a water park including kids, the elderly and everything in between instead of just the frat boys and bimbos of spring break this time that makes it less enjoyable to witness their deaths. Similarly it could be that, despite how formulaic they were, you connected more with the family and main protagonist in the first film instead of, again, the random pretty 20-somethings we’re supposed to care about in this one. Either way something is just missing from this one that made the last such a guilty pleasure.
It’s still ok as a B horror but it’s trying too hard at this point to pretend to be a bad film and just is one this time around. Pity. 1/5
P.S. Needed a better use of Gary Busey. He was almost normal in this one the entire time. Such a waste of crazy.