Original movie poster
|Directed by||Antonio Margheriti|
|Produced by||Alex Ponti|
|Written by||Michael Rogers|
|Music by||Guido De Angelis|
Maurizio De Angelis
|Edited by||Cesare D'Amico|
Filmar do Brasil
|Distributed by||Paris Filmes|
The mastermind behind a precision theft of priceless emeralds decides to hide the jewels at the bottom of a reservoir he has secretly stocked with savage deadly piranha. Retrieving the gems turns out to be a caper in itself since the group is now torn by suspicion and jealousy. Several gang members try to recover the loot on their own, only to become screaming victims of the insatiable horde of killer fish. The treasure is down there just waiting to be brought up. To get them, everyone must face the inescapable terror of thousands of man-eating creatures.
Key Video released the film on VHS in the United States in 1980. The film saw its first DVD release in Italy in 2002 by Pulp Video. There were other DVD releases in Germany and Spain in the following years, all in fullscreen. In 2014, Scorpion Releasing, in conjunction with ITV studios, released the first Blu-ray and DVD of the film in the United States on September 30. This release also marked the first HD widescreen release in the world, sourced from the original interpositive.
The Monthly Film Bulletin stated that the film "appears to have a greater budget than Piranha" and that it "exhibits considerably less imagination".Vincent Canby of The New York Times stated that the film "may not be a good movie -- it's really inept--but it's friendly, like Mr. Majors's quizzical squint, which is, I'm told by people who watch more television than I do, what Mr. Majors does best. Everyone, in fact, carries on gamely, as people do at a picnic when it rains."
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