Piranhas, Piranhas, Everywhere - Part 1

Although the review for Alexandre Aja’s Piranha 3D (Alliance) was uploaded way back on Saturday, it’s been a busy week, hence it’s ‘official’ announcement in this blog, alongside an interview with the film’s composer, Michael Wandmacher.

I interviewed Wandmacker back in 2008 / 2009 regarding his first 3D film, My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009), and in our new conversation we discuss scoring for 3D, in addition to the score’s orchestral-electronic design, and Alexandre Aja, maker of some of the bleakest statements on humanity. (Go see Furia. Not happy film. Nope.)

My review of the Lakeshore soundtrack album (score only) will appear in an upcoming issue of Rue Morgue. Though not as overtly theme-based as Cry_Wolf and My Bloody Valentine, it is a fun score, with a clear emphasis on Angry Fish Wanting Meat.

Speaking of Rue Morgue Magazine, those wanting further details on the 2010 as well as Joe Dante’s 1978 version of Piranha should check out the current August issue, which is loaded with details, and another beautiful cover.

It’s actually not fair to use the term “version” because the 2010 film isn’t a sequel nor remake of anything; it’s just another killer fish tale, with its director and writers drawing the bets ideas from classic 70s drive-in fare, which also includes the last entry, Piranha 2: The Spawning, where the fish fly. (Part Duh was directed by then-newcomer James Cameron, and featured a score by veteran genre composer Stelvio Cipriani.)

Next week in Part 2 of this peek at the Piranha franchise, I’ll have reviews of Dante’s 1978 film, as well as Pino Donaggio’s score, as well as Roger Corman’s 1995 cash-in remake for cable TV.

Mark R. Hasan, Editor


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