Piranha 3DD Review

Piranha 3DDBy Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com

2010’s Piranha 3D was surprisingly a hell of a lot of fun for this reviewer, becoming something more than just a drab remake, and embracing its campy tone, cheesy universe and ultra violence.

The cheekily titled Piranha 3DD tries to emulate its predecessor, further milking that b-grade charm and making characters and events all the more sillier, all the while ramping up the gore factor.

The end result is a feature so ridiculous and so over-the-top that it feels like it’s a parody of itself and the b-grade creature feature – like a Disaster Movie type affair, complete with rubbish jokes and flat characters – and even then, were this intentional in becoming a parody of itself, most of the jokes on offer here are a little weak and more than a few fall flat.

Writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (Saw V, The Collector) team back up with Director John Gulager, who directed their terrific indie horror Feast, and together, the trio seem more interested in ramping up this silliness and taking the feature back to the days of Roger Corman fun and while Piranha 3DD sure has that madness down pat, the sheer fun here – that just rose the original film above water – is unfortunately missing.

On a technical level, the directing and editing here is poorly executed, with various sequences that feel disjointed, a general lack of suspense that would’ve worked wonders if injected amongst the comedy and a missed opportunity in creating some memorable death sequences – or, if we’re sticking to this film being a parody of itself theory, some hilarious death sequences.

Instead, the film poses some interesting scenarios – all great ideas for comedy – but these scenes are over pretty quickly and without so much as a pay off, either in the laughs department or creative deaths.

Out of all the gags on offer here – sleazy close ups of bare breasts, penis and vagina gags – the most laughs I got were from David Hasselhoff who gets the best gags playing a sleazy version of himself who appears at the grand opening of the film’s ill-fated waterslide park as an actual lifeguard – and yep, there comes a time where he gets to save people, complete with slow-mo run and Baywatch theme song.

Now, I’d be the last person to complain about trashy, campy b-grade fun but Piranha 3DD falls flat for me because it takes the gag of the b-grade feature and pushes it into the realm of parody and with jokes that fall flat and ridiculous scenarios that don’t feel at all like self-aware winking nods at the genre, it all becomes a bit of a mess in any regard.

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