1978 94 Mins Audio: English Maturity Rating 16+
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Watch or Download Piranha 1978. Director Joe Dante, Cast Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, Kevin McCarthy,

When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal. Movie Piranha

Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction, Comedy,

river, fish, experiment, u.s. army, animal attack, summer camp, reporter, piranha, tent camp, eugenics, killer fish,

Piranha Parent guide

Sex & Nudity
Sex & Nudity Reason
A young couple decide to skinny dip in the pool, a woman's breast are exposed and she takes off her pants from far away her frontal looks exposed but as the camera gets closer, she shown from behind wearing underwear. A woman decides to distract a guard by telling him to look up then flashing her bare breast quickly. At the beach, a woman's breast are exposed underwater while piranha are biting and eating her body, for 5 or 6 seconds.

Violence & Gore
Violence & Gore Reason
Gory piranha attacks (we see them eating flesh). At least a dozen people are killed and at least two dozen are seen with gory gruesome wounds. Lots of blood forms in water, we see gruesome skin tears and cuts, various bites range from just outer skin to several muscles torn. In one scene we see piranhas going after a lady's breasts!! In another scene part of someone's face is gone and their eye is protruding. Another guy has his feet bit to the bone where we later see the grisly aftermath. Lots of scenes of piranhas eating people's legs and people getting eaten splash helplessly as pools of blood form, very gory. Three people get into a scuffle and one guy gets a minor hand injury, the other guy gets hit in the head pretty hard and we see bruises on his face and head later on. In another scene a lady and girl throw darts at a picture of a camp instructor. He later sees the picture and tears it down and rips it up when no one is looking. A lady smashes a toilet tank lid and uses it to knock a guard out. A boy limps because he has an arrow shot through him, but it turns out its just a gag as the camp leader takes the arrow gag toy off him.

Profanity Reason
Some mild profanity. 8 d--n, a few s-words, h--l, b----d. Slang terms for anatomy.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking Reason
Some men drink alcohol. One of the main characters is supposedly an alcoholic. At the start of the film, an old guy buys him about 4-5 different types of booze; his favorite is the tequilla. Toward the start of the film, he's very grumpy and drinking a lot. Later on, it is revealed that he is an alcoholic.

Frightening & Intense Scenes
Frightening & Intense Scenes Reason
Rated R for horror violence, frightening images, and some nudity. The piranha attacks are very intense, including one that involves several young children. The camp leader is a bit of tough guy. The main character's daughter is afraid of going into the water and throw the piranha theme into the movie this makes things tense. She manages to sneak out of the water race when the piranhas come after the other campers but then gets a inflatable boat to try and rescue some.

New World Pictures, Piranha Productions,

United States of America,




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