Shout! Factory TV Is Revisiting Cult Classic ‘Piranha’ With “Piranhathon”

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Producer Roger Corman’s 1978 creature feature horror film ‘Piranha’ terrified audiences as they watched as lethal, genetically altered piranha attack visitors at a resort, sealing its place as a cult classic. Corman returned to produce a 1995 remake brought the movie back into the viewpoint of audiences and served as the cable film debut of ‘That 70’s Show’ star Mila Kunis.

Shout! Factory TV has announced that they plan on doing a back-to-back showing of the two versions of ‘Piranha’ as a way to pay homage to the horror flick.

“Jump in with us…the water is bloody fine,” Shout said in a press release. “Just when you thought it was safe to take a dip in the water again…Piranhathon Bites Back-to-Back! On August 9th, stream double the camp, double the teeth and double the terror when Shout! Factory TV™ presents a 24-hour marathon of Joe Dante’s 1978 cult classic Piranha and its 1995 remake starring Mila Kunis and Soleil Moon Frye.”

They explain, “Fans can watch the films streamed all day and night long in a back-to-back format presentation that is sure to keep everyone coming back for seconds. The marathon begins Monday, August 9 at 12 a.m. PT on Shout! Factory TV.”

“In 1978, audiences discovered Piranha, widely considered one of the very best films inspired by the success of Jaws, and for over 40 years Piranha has been one of the true cult gems in the Roger Corman canon,” Shout adds. “The 1995 remake of the cult classic film features Mila Kunis and Soleil Moon Frye and was also produced by Roger Corman.”

You can check out the trailer for the 1978 version below:

Shout describes the synopsis as:

Lost River Lake was a thriving resort until they discovered … Piranha! While searching for missing teenagers, rookie skip-tracer Maggie McKeon (Heather Menzies) and booze-soaked river rat Paul Grogan (Bradford Dillman) stumble upon a top-secret military laboratory conducting genetic research on piranha fish for the purpose of developing the most lethal form of biological warfare imaginable.When the deadly eating machines are accidentally released from the compound, they’re soon headed downstream, consuming everything — and anyone — in their path. With Paul and Maggie in hot pursuit, the piranhas’ next stop is the children’s summer camp, where Paul’s young daughter is vacationing, and then the newly opened, multi-million-dollar water resort. Time is running out, and the piranha are hungry!


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