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Mr. Beaks And Alexandre Aja Get Into The Gory Details Of PIRANHA 3-D!

It's Thursday night at Comic Con, and Alexandre Aja is stressed. A rabid contingent of horror fans have descended on the UA Horton Plaza multiplex in San Diego to check out a brief preview of PIRANHA 3-D, but the filmmaker is still mixing and color-timing the reel 120 miles away in Los Angeles. Aja's beyond late at this point, but he's not about to tank the first public screening of 3-D footage from his B-movie labor of love for promptness' sake. With the growing animosity toward 3-D conversions, he's got to wow the crowd with more than blood and boobs - although, given the age range and predominant gender of attendees, blood and boobs will go a long way towards masking any minor technical shortcomings. When I spoke to Aja the following day, he was confident he'd delivered the gory goods - and he was relieved. While most directors would view material like this as nothing more than an easy paycheck, Aja attacked the film with the fervor of a fifteen-year-old horror fanatic. Had he failed to get a reaction out of a ready-to-love-everything Comic Con crowd, the last three years of his career would've been a complete waste. PIRANHA 3-D is supposed to be a wild, scary ride in the tradition of GREMLINS and EVIL DEAD; it's a knowing tribute to the movies that got us hooked on the genre in the first place. For Aja, it's an opportunity to move beyond the harrowing horror of HIGH TENSION and his remake of THE HILLS HAVE EYES and have a little fun for once. As he did with the Comic Con footage, Aja went down to the wire tweaking PIRANHA 3-D, so I didn't get a chance to watch the film before posting our interview (there were screenings this week, but I've been out of town since Monday). As someone who's loathed pretty much every live-action 3-D conversion offered up by Hollywood lately, I'm eager to see if the talented Aja has been able to harness the potential of the technology studios seem determined to ram down our throats. Because Aja talked a damn good game last July, I'm optimistic.

Beaks: Did you come into this knowing it was going to take two years to finish?

Aja: It took me two years of development and shooting and post-production. But, in fact, I read the first draft six years ago, and I really started writing on that draft three years ago. It's a long process. Making a movie is always a long process, unless you're making a Sofia Coppola type of movie - and I thought MARIE ANTOINETTE was very ambitious. But I'm doing movies that have very heavy CG and very heavy set pieces and lots of action; there are a lot of things happening. If you're making a movie about an earthquake releasing prehistoric piranha during spring break... you have thousands of people getting attacked. You're casting ten different characters that need to be developed. You're shooting in the desert and on the water. There are so many components. And then you are shooting everything in 3-D - and the conversion technology we chose very early in the process for technical and also lighting reasons. You cannot shoot with the new 3-D technology on the water, because the light reflection off the water is not creating the same lighting for each eye. Without getting into too much detail, it's just impossible. (Laughs) So, no, I didn't expect it would take so long. I will be working night and day, seven days a week... until they take the movie away from me because they have to release it. It's a big budget, but it's not a huge budget. We are not working with the biggest and best visual f/x companies; we are working with small vendors, and they need to be improved and improved. It's a long process. I want the piranha to be photo-real; I want them to be so scary and nasty.

Beaks: The original was done on the cheap, but it was Roger Corman, so it was expected that the f/x would look dodgy. Here, you've kind of thrown down the gauntlet by saying you want them to look real.

Aja: You don't just press a computer button and say, "Here, photo-real piranha!" It's a long process. We created the piranha with Neville Page, who did the creature designs on AVATAR and STAR TREK. But that was fifteen months ago. Today, we are still working on the look of the piranha. You know, I could work six more months on this movie...

Beaks: And you'd be happy to do that?

Aja: Yeah! I want everything to be perfect. We've been working around-the-clock for the last few months. But I will get everything ready in time.

Beaks: One of the thing I love about your piranha is the way they swim. They're very quick and nasty, but they can also stop on a dime right before devouring someone. I love that shot from the trailer. It's kind of a Looney Tunes moment, and that makes me think of Joe Dante. Are you paying homage to those cartoons with a shot like that?

Aja: I think I'm more influenced by the GREMLINS movies than the first PIRANHA. I always wanted to make this movie a PIRANHA for adults. You take PIRANHA, EVIL DEAD, JAWS and a little bit of WEIRD SCIENCE, and you get PIRANHA 3-D.

Beaks: For people of our generation, who grew up watching JAWS over and over again, there's the intense fear of the water, and, even more so, what might lurk just below the surface.

Aja: It was actually before JAWS. I think the fear of the water is universal. As long as you can remember, there's been a fear of the water - and a fear of the piranha as well as the shark. There is a tale of a conquistador coming back to Europe and telling of a fight on the river with the natives, and people falling in the river and coming up as skeletons. There are a lot of things in the imagination with the piranha. People know about them outside of the movies. And what I love about JAWS - aside from the fact that it's a masterpiece and one of the best movies ever made - is that the movie managed to focus that universal fear into a story. We all have that fear, but after watching the movie, the fear has a face. Hopefully, for a new generation, PIRANHA 3-D will do the same.

Beaks: I love the conquistador story. It's a shame Klaus Kinski wasn't around to do a cameo in your movie.

Aja: That would've been a good homage. We could've an opening scene with him as a conquistador. (Laughs)

Beaks: Your first two horror films, HIGH TENSION and THE HILLS HAVE EYES, were very serious and brutal. They certainly weren't comedic. You seem to have headed in the opposite direction with PIRANHA 3-D. Where are you headed within the genre, and, overall, as a filmmaker.

Aja: With PIRANHA, I wanted to explore another side of the genre, and make a fun, pop-culture ride. When I was writing this movie a few years ago, I said it was exactly like drawing the blueprint for a rollercoaster. It's really about making the most entertaining storyline and experience for the audience. The tone is very different from THE HILLS HAVE EYES and HIGH TENSION, but that's what I want to explore. I love the genre, and I love fear. And I love most of all a character facing an extreme situation. That's the kind of movie I like, the kind of movie that asks the audience "What would you do if you were in that situation?" And I think that question can be asked in many other genres. So I would like now to explore other kinds of movies; I would like to do maybe some more ambitious sci-fi or adventure. I'm thinking about a few subjects. I'm working on some things, and hopefully we'll hear about them very soon. But I still love horror, and I will continue to develop and produce more movies in that genre.

Beaks: So you're hoping to produce more movies aside from what you choose to direct, like you did with P2?

Aja: I've produced a few movies in the past, and I want to keep doing that. One of the reasons I didn't direct P2 was that I felt I'd be repeating myself from HIGH TENSION. I don't want to do that. So producing is a great way of staying involved in the creative process without repeating yourself.

Beaks: Are there any directors' careers you'd like to emulate?

Aja: Of course. I'm such a big fan of Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson and James Cameron. All of them had that thing where they started in genre, and managed to, at one point, find a big project that brought them to a wider audience. I think Sam Raimi would've never been able to make a SPIDER-MAN without the knowledge he gained on THE EVIL DEAD - and I think that's also true of Peter Jackson and James Cameron. Even Spielberg came from the genre. It's a very tough school, this genre, but it allows you to use all of your technique to create fear and suspense. I think that's the best way to learn how to make a movie, and it's something you can use in any type of film after.

Beaks: It sounds like you're very cognizant of not being pigeonholed as a genre guy.

Aja: PIRANHA 3-D can be seen as a horror movie, but, to me, it's more of an action-disaster-comedy film. But, yes, after this I would like to find the movie that will be the bridge to take me to another level.

Beaks: Are you looking to pull back on the gore?

Aja: I don't think about that. From HIGH TENSION to THE HILLS HAVE EYES, I'm always coming from what the story requires. This one requires [gore] because it's spring break under attack; you have 20,000 kids being attacked by 100,000 piranha. What do you expect? It's a little more than one gallon [of blood] per person. (Laughs) That's a lot of gallons of blood in the water.

Beaks: I just love a situation like that. It's the kind of thing you dream of shooting as a kid. You get to think up all of these inventive scenarios in which people are eaten whole by piranha. Did you have all of the attacks planned out by the time you got to the set, or did you allow yourself room to play on the day of the shoot?

Aja: There's always flexibility. I like to work in collaboration and listen to people around me who have great ideas. But most of the attacks in this movie were planned because they involved visual f/x and prosthetics. Everything was in the script. But it was so exciting to write, to create this different way of dying. Writing that kind of story is amazing because, technically, you don't think about how you're going to achieve it; you just put it in, and then you find the solution.

Beaks: Richard Dreyfuss. The fact that you got him in this role and put him in the Hooper outfit is amazing. But I saw an interview recently where someone asked him why he did the film, and he answered very bluntly, "Money." Did he bring that attitude on the set with him.

Aja: No. He was very happy to come and play that part again. I think the reason he answered that is... you come to do a movie, and you don't know how it's going to be. You don't understand, and you're kind of cautious about showing yourself. But he played the game, and he played the part. He is like Matt Hooper. I think he understood more than anyone what a pleasure it will be for all the audience in the world to see this character coming back. I talked to him recently, and he's very excited.

Beaks: Thinking about moving outside of genre, and the kinds of films you'll be making from here on out, do you have a specific project that you'd like to do next?

Aja: I have a lot of different things that I'm thinking about. Nothing is set up completely yet, but there is a big sci-fi adventure movie that I'm thinking about. And there's a film noir reinvention in a very strange way; you will hear about that. And there's also a project that I'm thinking about producing. A lot of things.

Beaks: Noir is a very flexible genre, but it's also very difficult to do it in a way that hasn't been done to death one way or another. You really need an original idea.

Aja: I think I have one. It's an adaptation of a Spanish graphic novel Dark Horse has just released in the States called BLACKSAD. It's a really cool project.

PIRANHA 3-D gnaws its way into theaters this Friday, August 20th. Faithfully submitted, Mr. Beaks

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  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Totally in for this.

    by Stuntcock Mike


  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    If Hooper dies...this doesn't exist in my dojo

    by Stormwatcher

    Sorry but JAWS is JAWS...bringing the character into a cheesy, summer movie by an okay director is not going to mean I have to accept that this is the fate of the character. Now if the Zombie Quint came into this then.....

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    So bad.

    by RPLocke

    Damn, another horrible week for movies. Summer 2010 WHAT HAPPENED?

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Nice Interview

    by MaleSheep

    This movie looks like a lot of fun. I've been looking forward to it for a while now. Hopefully I'll be able to hit up a midnight show tomorrow night.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Kelly Brook? Naked?

    by LordPorkington

    I'll believe it when I see it...

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to see this. Hell, I might watch the originals...

    by SoylentMean

    in preparation. I'm also kinda glad that the summer is almost over, because this year really deserves a six foot interment, pronto.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST

    That's a bit of an unfortunate pic of him

    by Kain_Bloodstone

    Alexandre, that comb over is fooling no one.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Frikkin' love Blacksad - go Alexandre!

    by belasco_house

    Do it!

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST


    by drturing

    Why hasn't this site gone for this movie more??? Richard Dreyfus on a boat, porn stars, gore cranked up so hardcore and subversive it'll actually fuck the audience while it's standing, and ADAM FUCKING SCOTT. I guess it's because Aja isn't friends with Harry. This movie needs all the love it can get. I swear if the 9 minute clip had been posted on this site it would've been a comment shitstorm.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST

    He's not ACTUALLY playing Hooper, right?

    by belasco_house

    I mean, the character's just an homage, yeah? <p> Character name is Matt Boyd...<p> Right? Yeah?

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    jordan air max oakland raiders $36

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  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Who are the ad wizards...

    by wampa 1

    ...that came up with this one?

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST


    by drturing

    then tell you he came and stop, then when you turn around, he'll come in your face, unexpectedly.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Whoever cut the commercials for this deserve an award

    by daggor

    We've seen actual footage, and the movie is going to be a campy hunk of shit, but the commercials actually make it look like something you'd want to watch and be entertained by.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    There are going to be people who puke watching this

    by drturing

    the first attack scene is so fucking over the top it veers from campy parody to actually sickening and queasy to the point where you want it to stop. Which is exactly what a film like this should do. Also, Eli Roth gets FUCKED DESTROYED.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    No questions about mirrors?

    by jarjarmessiah

    such as "What went wrong?"

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    I REALLY hope this is fun, because nothing fun has been fun

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    this Summer. "Iron Man 2" was slightly disappointing. "Predators" was boring. "Jonah Hex" was just plain terrible. "The Expendables" was just okay. The movies that did worked this Summer weren't fun movies. "Inception" was a wild mind fuck, but "fun" isn't something it attempts to be. "Toy Story 3" was too damn depressing and tear jerking to qualify as fun. Both of those movies would serve better as winter/Christmas releases. I want to enjoy one movie this Summer that's just plain fun.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    piranhas on a plane

    by Rupee88

    I hope this flops just as badly

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Should have been released during Shark week.

    by RPLocke

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Toy Story 3 was "depressing"?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Emotional, yes, but it was FAR from "depressing".

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Finally a movie that needs 3D!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    If it has titties in 3D than I'm happy!

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    How much is Hopper in the movie though?

    by sonnyfern

    Is it a big part, or is it just a cameo?

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Meant *Hooper of course

    by sonnyfern

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST


    by Mike_D

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Piranha vs Jaws

    by D o o d

    now there's a movie!

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    I'm not saying "Toy Story 3" was bad. It's great.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    It worked. All of Pixar's movies do. It hit me very hard, and yes, it was very emotional. It did exactly what it was intended to do. All I was saying is that I want something that promises a good time this Summer to actually deliver. "Toy Story 3" made me actually cry, which is amazing, but I want something that makes me smile this Summer too.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    and, like most of America, I didn't see "Scott Pilgram"

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Maybe I'll see that this weekend if "Piranha 3-D" fails to cheer me up.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    First review sounds fucking PROMISING!

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Toy Story 3 was not needed

    by RPLocke

    It was depressing, and predictable. Like most of Pixars shit.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST

    How Much Blood?

    by GiggleFish

    According to this Aja used 80,000 gallons of blood in this movie. Is that some kind of record or something?

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Hooper better not die

    by kikuchiyoboy

    Even if this movie is halfway decent no one has the right to end Hooper except for Quint's dead cold hands or Jaws himself. Other than that... Hooper shall live forever.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Richard Dreyfuss needs to eat

    by Gorgomel

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    That one pic is an homage to Alien 3, right?

    by skimn

    Cuz, it sure looks like it.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST


    by Iowa Snot Client

    P3: The Bitening

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    The 3D

    by Skraggo

    I saw a 3D trailer for this in front of "Avatar" last year and it really messed with my eyes. There was one shot where the perspective looked reversed, as if the background was closer to me than the foreground. I've made a point not to see any 3D "conversion" movies yet because of all the complaints against the process, but I honestly don't think I'll be able to watch this if it looks like the trailer did. I'll see it in 2D, I guess, but it seems that with a movie like this the 3D would be half the fun. Plus... 3D tits, right???

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    That NYMag article

    by Kammich

    Makes it seem like Dreyfuss DOES play Hooper. and I think thats fucking awesome. there's a tongue-in-cheek awesomeness to opening your campy, 3D piranha film by killing off one of the few survivors from the greatest sea-beast-attack movie ever. I've been hyped about this movie for almost 2 years, and I can't fucking wait to see it. unfortunately, new school semester starts on Friday and I work Saturday, so it looks like I'll have to wait until Sunday to catch this bitch.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Spielberg is rolling in his grave.

    by RPLocke

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Stuntcock, great review ... I love this quote:

    by ColonelFatheart

    "PIRANHA 3D is a disgusting piece of sleazy trash aimed at the type of banana-peeling, bum-picking morons who live a house with bars on the front and a tyre swing in the corner. And basically, I loved every second of it."

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Hahaha! This review is a goldmine!

    by ColonelFatheart

    "As do the 3D boobs, of which Piranha 3D shows you bloody hundreds. <p> "You know when someone keeps repeating the same word over and over again, it eventually loses all meaning? <p> "Piranha 3D does that, but with boobs. <p> "Boobs, a-bouncing to the left. Boobs, a-jiggling to the right. Boobs, rammed in your face. Boobs, boobs, boobs, boobs, boobs, boobs. <p> "By the film's end, even the basic concept of boobs seems completely baffling."

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Prediction: 15% on

    by MyScroteHasGout

    This will be shit...I have absolutely no desire to ever see this stupid movie.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    by GiggleFish

    I'm hoping Hooper makes it through this one alive. On the flip side, I'm hoping Eli Roth gets torn to shreds. Fingers crossed.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Nothing on Rotten Tomatoes yet...

    by DiscoGodfather

    Though "Vampires Suck" is actually getting a perfect 0%! And the reviews are classic: one actually begs people not to see the movie, another states that it is a sign of the beginning of "Idiocracy" coming true. I look forward to reading Armand White's glowing, perfection spoiling review. "Sits alongside the brilliant Jonah Hex as the most entertaining films of the summer! Comic genius packs every laugh-filled frame of this timely satire of a truly deserving genre!"

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST

    A perfect 0% for VAMPIRES SUCK, eh?

    by ColonelFatheart

    I, too, look forward to Armond White's trend-bucking review. What a brave intellectual he is!

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim had 70 percent RT rating

    by RPLocke

    No one saw that either.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Actually it's at 81%

    by DiscoGodfather

    But who listens to critics?

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    I'll just see Pilgrim again...

    by andrew coleman

    Since most of you idiots are too busy bashing it to even see it I guess I should go support it some more. This movie seems pointless. See it for boobs? I see 3D boobs all the time and guess what I can touch them too!

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    cant shoot 3D in water????

    by zdog22

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    There's nothing wrong with Dreyfuss saying "Money".

    by BigTuna

    As an answer as to why he did the film. That's not an attitude. It's truthful. How many actors take roles for money and completely lie about why they did the part.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST


    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ... the Pixar backlash finally hits...

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    i think he meant over water

    by frank cotton

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Intra-Ocular distance

    by gotilk

    Looking at water with two eyes (also known as "reality") delivers "different lighting" for each eye. And unless they are working with an intra-ocular distance greater than the normal distance between two human eyes (they should not be unless they could not afford the rigs needed to shoot with 2 larger cameras.. beam splitting?) this "different lighting" problem must have something to do with an uncomfortable effect that actually occurs in reality as well, but we would simply would not complain about it while on a boat because we'd be slapped.. on a lake. But we'd whine like little shits about it if we felt the effect at a movie. Just my 2.9 cents. I'm not buying it, but would buy it if I were directing a film and my cinematographer or producer gave it to me as an excuse. Why not shoot with a smaller rig, like the red system on water? No tricky engineering needed as they are small enough to approach the intra-ocular distance of the human eyes. I'm not buying the assertion that you cannot shoot 3d on water.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    The "For Your Consideration" Video on FunnyorDie

    by Mr. Profit

    Was really funny. It actually made me want to see this movie.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    He did mean over water

    by gotilk

    but the fact remains, we see water with two eyes, too. Whatever problem occurs at that ocular distance should occur with the human eyes as well. So I am assuming it's a problem we'd get kicked in the head for bitching about in reality, but we whine our little bitch heads off about in a 3d movie and get away with it because it's "cool" to whine about 3d right now.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Here's a bit about it on the reduser forum

    by gotilk (take out the spaces... tinyurl is choking a lot today)

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    It probably has something to do with

    by gotilk

    reflections off the water and how they can vary wildly because of the distance of 2 human eyes from each other. But again.... same problem in "reality". Unless you lost an eye.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Galaxy of Terror- 3D! Make it so. This time the huge

    by UltraTron

    maggot has fly babies with a female crewmember. Hilarity ensues! It'll be the fly meets galaxy of terror meets transformers. Ya know. Because of the sassy robot sidekick

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Remake Saturn 3 - this time in 3D.

    by RPLocke

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Money is a good answer


    Cause I doubt he saw a real challenge in taking the part that will satisfy his inner need to express this personality and find out here the charactor has been for so long. For Fun would have been a good answer, but I think he's cash strapped, he's been doing the Chiller Theater conventions. Also don't forget Christopher Lloyds in this.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Time is ripe for a Close Encounters sequel

    by RPLocke

    Hooper needs the bucks.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Look forward to this, but the 3D is a negative for me

    by strykebr

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    This Movie might make me invest in 3D TV...

    by conspiracy

    But Only if Harry gives me a cut of Ad profit from these FUCKING IRRITATING POP UP, LINK BATEING ADS that have come to cover this entire site like scabs on a Meth Addicted streetwalker.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 11:04 p.m. CST

    what ads?

    by gotilk

    Use a real browser.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST


    by drturing

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Joe Francis' dick getting bit off leaved piranas

    by gotilk

    STILL VERY HUNGRY.. should have been the headline.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 11:42 p.m. CST

    leaved? jesus

    by gotilk

    LEFT. Time for bed.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST


    by toshiro-solo

    99% of the coolness of Blacksad is the art - it's frickin' amazing. That being the case, I don't see how you turn that material into a film unless it's an animated film, and this being the U. S. of A., I don't see how the relatively adult subject matter of the books coupled with an animated film would equal anything other than financial disaster, unfortunately. It could be a great movie, but I don't see how it will work...

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST


    by toshiro-solo

    I want to see Pirahna 3-D right now. Elisabeth Shue, Doc Brown, Hooper, the dude from Party Down, tons of boobs, record setting amount of prop-blood, and killer fish? Yes please.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 12:50 a.m. CST

    'You can't shoot the new 3-D technology on the water'

    by OutlawsDelejos

    Explain 'Sanctum' then Mr Wizard.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Just got back from the premiere...terrible.

    by Executor

    A few amusing moments, maybe two good deaths. Other than that...crap. <p>And enough with 3d overexposure already. Avatar, yes. Coraline, yes. Piranha: No.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST

    And for those worried about Dreyfus as Hooper:

    by Executor

    (SPOILER)<p> He plays random fishing guy in a boat that doesn't have a line and dies in the first two minutes of the movie. I wouldn't know he was modeled after Hooper if I didn't read this. He's played by the same actor, that's it.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 3:17 a.m. CST

    the not filmed in 3d information is bullshit

    by TheJudger

    they have spun out tons of reasons why it was not filmed in 3d, but the real reason is the budget, most of the money for the budget was focused on the CG fish. Camera can do 3d underwater and ontop of water. The new invoavtions to soon take place will be camera lens with spining mirrors that change the focal distance based on the distance of the subject, making them work more like real eyes. also we have camera systems that have the lens and chips on wire so it wont matter how big the camera is, since the lenes and image chips are connected on a line to the camera. Don't believe the hype they saved a few million by doing post conversion. Instead of spending the money on the camera made to do this they bought a program that will do it for far less.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 3:18 a.m. CST

    and it will be viewmaster styled 3d

    by TheJudger

    but again who cares this is a cheap horror movie, it's not citizen cane

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 3:58 a.m. CST


    by Bodenland Unbound

    Kerry Conran (director of the amazing Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow) would be a good choice for BLACKSAD, not Aja. Please, don't fool with this MASTERPIECE!

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 5:21 a.m. CST


    by dude_gimme_tabs

    Bring it on! This movie as apparently OUTRAGED the Daily Mail, therefore I am IN! Where do I sign up?

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Can't Wait.

    by billyhitchcock1

    This will be awesome. Loved Inception and TS3 but it's time for the masterpieces to move aside for some straight out FUN!

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Something original - A graphic novel!!!!

    by Drsambeckett1984

    How exactly is doing an adaption of a graphic novel original? Because while the novel itself may be original, once you start making it into a film it simply become a celluloid remake of a paper medium. <P> Thats not an original idea at all. Then again, neither is remaking The Hills Have Eyes, or Mirrors, or Piranha. Not really an original idea kind of guy.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 6:52 a.m. CST

    ColoUr Timing

    by Fineus Fog

    its pretty difficult to colour time a 3D Digital film. I believe the word used in the 21st century is GRADING

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 7:04 a.m. CST

    As for where he is heading as a genre filmmaker

    by mychuma

    Read about him developing a sci-fi film named Cobra.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Hooper dying?

    by buggerbugger

    He died in Benchley's novel, he should have died in Spielberg's film. That's the price you pay for fucking Sheriff Martin Brody's wife.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST

    3D can fuck itself...

    by MJohnson

    ...right in its 3D ass with a gigantic 3D schlong.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Photo-real piranha??

    by D.Vader

    Nothing about these piranha look real, not the design, not the action. I thought that was intentional. They don't even look like they're lit correctly. Now I hear Aja was going or photo-real? Sorry sir. I think it failed. <p>

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Didn't realize Dreyfuss was supposed to be Hooper

    by D.Vader

    Thats an awesome homage/reference.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Is Christopher Lloyd playing Doc Brown?

    by D.Vader

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    PIRANHA 3-D!!! Otherwise Known As...

    by Graphix67

    ... A SyFy Channel movie with a bigger budget.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST


    by dude_gimme_tabs

    Hoope does indeed die in Benchley's novel and is not misssed as he is a monied jock asshole who is fucking Brody's wife in the book.<p> Hooper was also due to die in the Spielberg movie, despite his character being totally different and the affair with Brody's wife being one of the first things from the book that was dumped.<p> He was only saved by the constant malfunction of the mechanical shark forcing a last minute rewrite whereby he survives the cage attack.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    This isn't "real" 3D

    by Abominable Snowcone

    It was touched up after, I think<p> As if it matters. I'm totally going to this anyway. If its offered in 2D I'll do that.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 9:08 a.m. CST

    When you see Chris Lloyd onscreen

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Recall that this year is the 25th anniversary of BTTF and salute him.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    RE: JAWS

    by JamesT

    The changes that Spielberg made to the novel were genius in hindsight. Another change was Brody being from NY instead of an Islander. Definitely a case of the movie is better than the book.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST

    James T

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    Agreed, my son, agreed x 1 million. The book is still cool though. All the mobster backstory, the increased pressure on Brody etc. etc. is cool.<p> To really weep at what could have been, read Hank Searls novelisation of Jaws2 which is pretty frickin' amazing!!! It was based on a very, very early script. What a shame that the script changed so much as there was some substance to the story compared to what we saw on screen in Jaws2.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    3 x reviews

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    3 reviews of P3D are out now and they all give it 3 or 4 stars and all say it's an absolute blast as long as you remember what it is supposed to be. Go see it expecting straight faced seriousness and apparently your Kung Fu will not be so strong.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    I'm all for movies "just for fun"

    by gotilk

    As long as they're not CONVERTED to 3D. Shoot in 3d and stop making lame, false excuses as to why you chose not to. I'll still check this out though. Nothing against it. Just wish they would have done it the right way. Conversions need to go away before they ruin 3d forever.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Dreyfuss = DOUCHEBAG

    by Reckoner

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Long live dodgy Conversion!!!

    by WickedJacob

    I'm sick of 3D. I agree poor conversion is the best way to kill it in the public's mind. So bring on the suck!

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    2D vs 3D

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    I just go watch these movies because I want to see it on the big screen, in the company of others, as a night out..... but I watch them in 2D. Avatar I watched in 3D. I made everyone I know (who wanted to watch it) go and see Clash of the Titans in 2D.<p> This way the studios get to fucking know that you didn't shill out for shite quality 3D.<p> This, however, is a difficult one to decide on. It is a 3D conversion so my usual rule of a 2D viewing should apply. If it aint shot properly in 3D then I don't want to see it in 3D. However.....<p> I have heard that whilst the main film is post prod 3D conversion, some of the CGI fish sequences are proper 3D. Also, unlike Avatar etc. where the 3D was unobtrusive, this is designed to be old fashioned 3D "jumps out at you" type shocks. In that case, it may need to be viewed in 3D.<p> Decisions, decisions! WHat do you reckon????

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Not because I don't want to see this in a theater. I do. But I don't want to be eaten alive by bed bugs while watching man eating fish.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    cgi smee'gi

    by oojamaflip

    The cgi fish as shown in the trailer are utter crap and so will pass on this film.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    "You take PIRANHA, EVIL DEAD, JAWS and a little bit of WEIRD SCI

    by Lord_Byron_Farthammer

    Yeah, someone deflate this fucker's ego, please.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Must be freakin' weird!

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    If you starred in this, and only did the acting and had the CG fish etc. put in afterwards, and then the edit done, then it must be kinda freaky and uncomfortable to see yourself eaten alive on screen for the first time.<p> It would probably freak me out quite a bit if it was me!

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST

    I agree with the book review of "Jaws 2"

    by jawsfan

    Believe it or not, in 1978 I won the city-wide book review contest for 6th graders in Norfolk, VA, for my review of "Jaws 2". I shit you not.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Nice one!

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    Good work fella! I bought a copy of Jaws 2, the book, for 29p from Amazon Marketplace about 6 months ago and re-read it.<p> I had forgotten how different it was and how the entire structure is so far away from the film.<p> The way the shark is completely hidden from Brody and the population of Amity until very late in the story, the mobster sub-plot with the Cub Scouts / Guides and Ellen as the pack leader.<p> The whole thing with the Scuba diving lessons. The Navy divers searching for the missing sonar array etc. etc.<p> Should have used that for the film, not the re-tread of the first film plus the "teens in peril" stuff that the movie ended up with.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah....

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    ..and the whole storyline with the shooting of the seal by the cop from the mainland with Mob connections, which Brody thinks is linked to the divers missing and the boat explosion. All that stuff too!

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Would love to see pre-post production footage

    by skimn

    of this, or any CG heavy production, with cast members and extras flailing around to thin air.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    BTW, just saw Dante's original, and despite

    by skimn

    the campy casting (loved seeing Barbara Steele as some doctor type, the as always goofy John Sayles cameo), it doesn't hold up real well. And I love everything he did afterward, from The Howling on...

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    And altough he's looking REAL aged nowadays

    by skimn

    Aja couldn't find a spot for Dick Miller??? Anywhere?? At least Dante himself found a role for him in The Hole (and when is THAT coming out??).

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    People eat fish Grogan!

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    Fish do not eat people!<p> And who could forget: "Sir, it's about these piranhas sir."<p> "I'm not interested in any damn piranhas!" "But sir, they're EATING our guests!"

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Killer Fish

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    Lee Majors... Brazil.... jewel heist gone bad..... and Piranhas.<p> What's not to like???

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    This looks mind-numbingly dumb.

    by Darth_Von_Stroheim

    99% of the time YOU CAN just about everything you need to know about a movie from its trailers!

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    My Bloody Valentine was great 3D horror.

    by knowthyself

    Lots of 3D gags and plenty of gore and gratuitous nudity.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST


    by Saxster

    I just don't understand the draw of this sort of movie. I've seen a little bit of this one, and I'm sure the gore porn crowd will be happy.