Mega Piranha is about to hit our screens, and it’s easy to think that a film with such a silly name, silly plot and ultimately pretty silly everything is going to disappoint.
The Love Horror perspective is yet to be officially revealed, but I can tell you that although the recent criticisms by most of the sources below are quite justified, it’s highly possible that it’s not ‘what you’re watching’, but ‘how you watch it’ that counts…
What the other critics say
The tiny pause at the end of every line and the wooden reaction shots tell us where we are:
B-movie hell. The monster fish are about as scary as tinned tuna. Paul Logan plays one
of the least Special Agents ever sent to troubleshoot. The screenplay is credited to Eric
Forsberg. Watch out for his work.
One Star / The Independent
A cynical and humourless attempt to fabricate B-movie chuckles in the “creature-feature/
red-scare” vein. With a nod and wink, the film serves up loads of wooden acting, porn-
star performances without the porn, cheeky stock footage and deliberately rubbish special
One Star / The Guardian
Tiffany spends the film pouting, gaping and mangling her lines like a tranquilised
yodeller. Poissonously bad.
One Star / News of the World
…mangily terrible Z-movie about mutant fish from the Amazon. Everything about it is
deliberately, winkingly atrocious…
One Star / The Telegraph
The slightly overweight 38-year-old Tiffany (cast against type as a sexy scientist) is a more
vulnerable presence. She’s there for who she was, not who she is.
Bad-movie enthusiasts will doubtless have fun watching these oversized piscine predators
leaping from the ocean and laying waste to Florida’s coastal regions, but hasn’t this
tiresome, kitschy, so-bad-it’s-good fad run its course?
One Star / Time Out
Low-budget B-movie tosh of the highest order. If you want decent acting, top special effects
and a decent script you better give this a miss.
Two Stars / Daily
It’s no surprise that it’s shocking dreadful. Guilty pleasure? Afraid not.
One Star / Mirror
The ultra-earnest leads compete for the title of “most hammy performance”, a brainless
script and ludicrously un-special effects recall the worst excesses of 1950s B-movies.
Two Stars / Radio Times
Makes Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus look like Jaws.
One Star / Empire
The not-so-special effects are thrust to the fore, so when the titular beasties attack a
battleship – or a skyscraper! – we can ridicule every frame.
One Star / Total Film
So bad it’s good? So bad it’s bad? Who knows.
Two Stars / Film Four
…occasionally unintentionally funny but it’s still a badly acted, poorly written and ineptly
directed mess with dreadful special effects.
Two Stars / View Cities
I could forgive all of this if the film bothered to be tongue-in-cheek about the whole affair
but it took itself way too seriously and therefore lost any respect I might have had for it.
Half a Star / On the Box
Tension is replaced by guffaws and characterisation by macho posturing.
One and Half Stars / Eye for Film
At the end of the day, there’s only so much CGI you can take that looks like it was created
on a Sinclair ZX Spectrum.
Two Stars / Sky Movies
There are probably many reasons why Eighties pop star Tiffany has languished in obscurity
since her sole hit, I Think We’re Alone Now. There is, however, only one reason why we
should all pray fervently that she returns there immediately and indefinitely. That reason is
Mega Piranha. A film every bit as crass and blundering as the title suggests, it may even
be unfair to single out Tiffany’s performance as Professor Sarah Monroe for particular
scorn. Wooden and plodding it indubitably is, but compared to Paul Logan as Special
Agent Finch, with whom she joins forces to battle a shoal of giant mutant piranha fish,
Tiffany proves a veritable Meryl Streep. Possessed of an absurdly chiselled six-pack,
which proves considerably more mobile than his facial features, he lurches from cliche to
cliche with neither shame nor any discernible attempts to act. If, as seems likely, the whole
thing is a knowing but terrible joke, then Logan is categorically not in on it. Incredibly for
a film which presumably intends to at least alarm an audience, the budget seems to have
been spent entirely on set-piece explosions with no money remaining for the actual fish.
Verdict: Deserves to be battered.
One Star / Daily
Metrodome release Mega Piranha on DVD on August 9th