Joe Dante · 1978
94min · DCP
  • Thursday, Oct 19, 2023, 9:30pm
  • Friday, Oct 20, 2023, 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Oct 21, 2023, 4:30pm


Half JAWS spoof and half trash-gore powerhouse, Joe Dante's PIRANHA holds the key to a most toothsome time at the movies. When some jerks skinny-dip near a government testing lab, they accidentally unleash . . . PIRANHA!! The bloodthirsty fishies rend flesh in a small-town lake while a drunk scientist, a go-getting detective, and exploitation superstars Dick Miller, Paul Bartel, and Barbara Steele hang out and take care of business. From GREMLINS to INNERSPACE, director Dante is a master of transforming genre pastiche into peerless entertainment. PIRANHA is a rare delight—a knockoff just as fun as the original, with SFX guru Rob Bottin's puppet fish a wonder to behold.

Part of our annual horror series All Monsters Attack!

“Of all the late ’70s-early ’80s Jaws knockoffs, none balanced tongue-in-cheek humor with out-and-out gore as deftly as Joe Dante’s Piranha.” Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness