From the FANGORIA Vault: Joe Dante’s “PIRANHA” (1978)


With this polar vortex nearly out of sight here at the FANGORIA archives, things are finally starting to heat up. Granted, we may be just inches above a highly combustible boiler room, but I digress. The good news is that we’re finally uncovering the corpse-infested archive swimming pool, and a very fitting selection of stills floated to the surface from Joe Dante’s PIRANHA!

Produced by Roger Corman following the smash success of Steven Spielberg’s JAWS, PIRANHA is simultaneously campy and creepy, thanks to Dante’s signature dark mischief. With enough gore and carnage to appease the B-movie crowd, PIRANHA was a massive success for Corman and led Dante to a much higher budget in his next flick, THE HOWLING. Nowadays, PIRANHA still works as one of the great creature features of its time, and its legacy was further cemented by a James Cameron-directed sequel (featuring flying piranhas…) in 1981 and an Alexandre Aja-directed remake in 2010. But enough of our yammering; take a deep breath and submerge yourself in these rare photos from PIRANHA!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Related Articles
About the author
Ken W. Hanley

Ken W. Hanley is the Managing Web Editor for FANGORIA and STARLOG, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, his debut novel “THE I IN EVIL”, and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.

Back to Top