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Piranhaconda (2012)

PiranhacondaA review by C J Dee
  • Director: Jim Wynorski
  • Starring: Rib Hillis, Terri Ivens, Shandi Finnessey, Michael Madsen, Rachel Hunter
  • Other notable appearances: Slimy, oozy piranhaconda eggs and their bitey parents
  • Running time: 85 minutes
  • Watch this if you liked: Anaconda 1-4, Sharktopus, Piranha 3D
  • Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5

A film crew happens to be filming their horror movie in Hawaii near where a scientist has recently stolen a piranhaconda’s egg. The film crew and scientist both get taken hostage by a group of mercenaries and lots of people from all parties end up being eaten by a giant snake-piranha hybrid. That’s pretty much it – these movies aren’t really known for their plots.

Piranhaconda is a great B-grade natural horror movie.

The acting isn’t all terrible, but a lot of it is.

The dialogue isn’t all cheesy, but a lot of it is.

The CGI isn’t … Yeah, okay, the CGI was all dreadful.

In fact, the blood of people who are killed by piranhaconda doesn’t pool or gush or even get swallowed by the creature along with the rest of the victim. Instead the blood disperses into a fine mist and stays floating in the air for a considerable amount of time. Easily one of the funniest special effects I’ve ever seen in even B-grade horror movies, it made me chuckle every time.

Want a big budget snake movie that takes itself seriously with big name actors and 1990s CGI? Watch Anaconda. Want a fun snake movie that will crack you up at every turn with actors you might know from that thing they did and 1980s CGI? Watch Piranhaconda.

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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