aka: Piranha DD, Piranha Returns, Piranha Three-Double-D, Piranha XXL
Director: John Gulager
Starring: Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, Katrina Bowden, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, David Koechner
Double the action. Double the terror. Double the D’s.
Summer is arriving at Merkin County, a small town close to Lake Victoria where the piranha breakout happened a few years ago, and Maddy has returned home for the summer holiday. While she has been away her stepfather Chet has turned her mother’s water park into an adult water park where nudity is allowed and encouraged and life guards have been traded for stripper life guards.
Maddy and her friend Shelby get a little closer to the piranhas that are coming to Merkin County, and Maddy now tries to warm Chet and the others before the piranhas arrive at the water park and creates a blood orgy like no other.
It’s the old Hollywood cliché, create a successful movie and sequels must also be made. Piranha 3DD is almost as expensive as the first Piranha and since it’s a sequel it tries to outdo the first one in nudity, comedy and gore. And as usually is the case, it fails to outdo the original when it comes to talent and creativity. While the first one did great, this one seemed to flop in the box office.
There are more silicon boobies here than in a monthly issue of Playboy and there are childish humour, although it’s a little bit meaner this time. There are scenes where a piranha crawls up in a females private parts and later bites the penis of a guy who she tries to have sex with. That will tell you pretty much everything you need to know about this movie and if it is for you or not.
The best part of the movie is the cameo’s, since yet again the characters aren’t particularly interesting. David Hasselhoff shows up as a parody version of himself and he is just fun to watch. He’s almost like a William Shatner of today in my book. Ving Rhames shows up again as a traumatized deputy from having his legs eaten off in the first one. This time he gets some revenge by shooting the piranhas with his shotgun legs. And even Gary Busey shows up for a few minutes.
While the first had the talented Alexandre Aja behind the cameras, this one was directed by John Gulager. He had done the Feast trilogy before this one and I haven’t seen all of them, but I remember not caring much for the first one. He fails to add anything new to this and tries to replicate whatever he can from the first one instead.
Piranha 3DD tries to be a better version of Piranha, but ends up being very subpar and uninspiring. It’s still fun to watch if you can look past some of the more mean-spirited violent scenes and while the first one was something that everyone could enjoy, this one is more for fans of this type of movies. Luckily for me, I enjoy these types of film. And hey, it’s got Hasselhoff in the old Baywatch-suit, that gotta count for something.