Tuesday, August 24, 2010


New York, NY - August 24, 2010 - After earning rave reviews from top critics, wild cheers from audiences around the country, and $10 million in its opening weekend boxoffice, Dimension Films is pleased to announce that PIRANHA 3D - THE SEQUEL is in the works.

PIRANHA 3D producer Mark Canton stated, "We are thrilled that audiences are not just loving PIRANHA 3D, but cheering for it. And it's fantastic that so many critics are really getting the movie and recommending it. We can't wait to get to work on the sequel."

PIRANHA 3D opened with fantastic reviews from top critics like the ASSOCIATED PRESS and REUTERS, enjoying a very FRESH rating of 80-82% favorable reviews on the popular movie review site ROTTEN TOMATOES throughout it's opening weekend. The movie has captured the attention of movie fans as well as elite media outlets like The Wall St. Journal, The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post. And taking Hollywood by surprise, PIRANHA 3D - via a partnership with Funny Or Die - is the subject of a much-talked about campaign to be named Best Picture of the year. Funny Or Die's "For Your Consideration" video for PIRANHA 3D took the nation by storm last week. And, as announced over the weekend, Academy Award (r) nominee and Piranha 3D heroine Elisabeth Shue will debut a brand new video in the coming days on Funny Or Die.

Earlier this week, buzz about PIRANHA 3D reached a fever pitched when the year's first "For Your Consideration" ad hit the internet, touting Dimension Films' Piranha 3D as a top candidate for Best Picture of the year. The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films partnered with Funny Or Die, a wildly popular comedy website founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay and viewed by 35 million people each month, in making the star-studded video advertisement promoting Piranha 3D for Best Picture.

Directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors), produced by Mark Canton (300, upcoming Immortals) and starring Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl), Steven R. McQueen (Vampire Diaries and grandson of the legendary actor), Eli Roth, Adam Scott, Kelly Brook (current cover of Playboy), Riley Steele, Paul Scheer, Ving Rhames, Ricardo Chavira, Richard Dreyfuss and Christopher Lloyd, PIRANHA 3D opened to rave reviews from the Associated Press and other top critics.

Every year the population of sleepy Lake Victoria explodes from 5,000 to 50,000 for Spring Break -- a riot of sun and drunken fun. But this year, there's something more to worry about than hangovers and complaints from local old timers. A new type of terror is about to be cut loose on Lake Victoria. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating piranhas, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.

PIRANHA 3D is a Dimension Films release and presentation of a Mark Canton / IPW production in association with Aja/Levasseur Prods; produced by Mark Canton, Marc Toberoff, Alexandre Aja, Gregory Levasseur. Executive producers are Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Alix Taylor, Louis G. Friedman, J. Todd Harris, Chako van Leeuwen. Screenplay is by Peter Goldfinger, Josh Stolberg.

PIRANHA 3D was released nationwide on August 20, 2010.

The PIRANHA 3D Best Picture For Your Consideration video can be viewed at FunnyOrDie.com.

Friday, August 20, 2010


Dimension Films

What movie this summer offers both full-frontal nude girls making out underwater and a razor sharp toothed fish belch up a half eaten penis? Why PIRANHA 3D of course! Seriously, I LOVED this movie! This is what summer movies are all about, naked bodies and violent malevolent carnage! Director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes remake) reinvents the 70's camp horror film with gore as gruesome as it is hilarious when an earthquake cracks open a subterranean cavernous lake beneath Lake Victoria unleashing a swarm a prehistoric carnivorous fish hell bent on turning a sea of scantily clad college age douche bags partying at the lakes annual spring break fest into dinner. I knew it was going to be good (in the worst way) when the opening cameo is JAWS veteran Richard Dreyfuss getting shredded. Other notable cameos are the essential Christopher Lloyd as Mr. Goodman the local fish expert and totally incidental Eli Roth as the Wet T-Shirt host. This mostly by-the-book horror remake is spattered with intense gore to rival any celluloid blood bath, no joke, the carnage on the shore looks like MTV Spring Break meets the first 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan, especially when a girl being carried out of the water by two men literally falls in half. Gruesome/awesome. Steven R. McQueen, Grandson of actor Steve McQueen, makes his big screen debut as the reluctant 'location scout' for pervy, taquilla chugging, coke snorting, womanizing "Wild Wild Girls" porn-maker Derrick Jones, played by Jerry O'Connell, whose aforementioned severed penis also makes its big screen debut in disturbing 3D to the horror of myself and my movie going pals, "Too far! Too far!" we exclaim. It was definitely exactly what I was expecting and was not disappointed, and neither will you if go expecting nothing more from this summer gem but camp, shredded-to-the-bone gore and more naked breasts than you can shake a meat eating fish at.

On a side note, the movie is already stirring up controversy before its opening as O'Connell's role is reportedly so akin to real life "Girls Gone Wild" mogul Joe Francis that (according to Reuters) Francis has threatened swift litigation if any defamatory or disparaging statements, or depictions, in the media or in the film itself portray him in a false light.