Piranha 3DD – USA, 2012 – reviews

‘Double the action. Double the terror. Double the D’s.’

Piranha 3DD is a 2012 horror film and sequel to the 2010 film Piranha 3D. It is directed by John Gulager (Zombie Night; Feast and sequels) from a screenplay by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton.

The movie stars Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, David Koechner, Chris Zylka, Katrina Bowden, Gary Busey (Silver Bullet), Christopher Lloyd (also in Piranha 3D and Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys), and David Hasselhoff.


A year after the attack on Lake Victoria by prehistoric piranhas, an eradication campaign has left the lake uninhabitable by life, and the town itself has been largely abandoned as a result of the drying-up of their main revenue source, tourism, but some residents still remain on the lake.

At a nearby lake, Clayton and Mo, two farmers, walk into the water to recover the body of a dead cow. Piranha eggs laid inside the cow hatch, and the farmers are killed by the swarm.

Maddy, a marine biology student, returns home for the summer to the waterpark she co-owns. She finds to her horror that the other co-owner, her step-father Chet, plans to add an adult-themed section to the waterpark with ‘water-certified strippers’, and re-open it as “Big Wet.” At a party at the waterpark that night, Maddy encounters several old acquaintances, including her policeman ex-boyfriend Kyle, and Barry who has secretly had a crush on her since grade-school. She also runs into two of her close friends, Ashley, and Shelby. Shelby and her boyfriend Josh go skinny-dipping in the lake, where a piranha makes its way inside her vagina. Meanwhile, Ashley and her boyfriend Travis make love in their van. They accidentally trip the handbrake, causing the van to roll into the lake, where they are both devoured.

The next day, Maddy is consoling Shelby about their missing friends. While sitting on a jetty, they are both attacked by the swarm of piranhas. They manage to kill one, and Maddy, Kyle and Barry bring it to Mr. Goodman to examine. He informs them that the piranhas may be moving via sewage pipes and underground rivers between lakes. The trio return to the lake, where they establish that the piranhas cannot make their way into the outflow pipes connecting the lake and the waterpark. While Shelby and Josh are having sex, the piranha in Shelby’s vagina bites Josh’s penis, forcing him to chop the organ off with a knife. Both are hospitalized. Kyle is revealed to be corrupt and taking pay-offs from Chet, who is secretly pumping water from an underground river into the waterpark…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

Piranha 3DD is nothing more than a flimsy excuse to watch dudes get decapitated and women whip out their gigantic breasts. It’s morally bankrupt and consistently depraved. It features the flimsiest of plots and skimpiest of tops, mashed together in an hour and twenty minutes of reckless, R-rated momentum […] None of it is good by any reasonable definition, but goddamnit, it’s still a lot of fun.” Cinema Blend

” …an old-fashioned exploitation flick brimming with flesh-hungry piranhas whose main target happen to be those big, bouncing, boobs (hence the double-D) all presented in 3D. Fans of Alexandre Aja’s equally self-conscious B-Movie Piranha 3D expecting more of the same will be disappointed, though, with this flabbily made sequel which lacks the humour, thrills and bite that made his film such a cult hit’. Screen Daily

“Instead of devising clever banter or inspired slapstick, Gulager relies on pratfalls involving cow flatulence. He expects audiences to laugh at the mere presence of Gary Busey, Christopher Lloyd and Ving Rhames riffing on their predictable personas without a single decent gag to back them up.” Hollywood Chicago

“The director, John Gulager, has no idea how to mix his ingredients to create a savvy self-parody. Instead he flings comic bits and gross-out gags around desperately. The signature joke of this series seems to be castration. Just as in the earlier film, a male organ becomes fish food. Why aim high when you can aim low?” The New York Times

Cast and characters:

  • Danielle Panabaker … Maddy
  • Matt Bush … Barry
  • Katrina Bowden … Shelby
  • Jean-Luc Bilodeau … Josh
  • David Koechner … Chet
  • Chris Zylka … Kyle
  • Adrian Martinez … Big Dave
  • Paul James Jordan … Travis
  • Meagan Tandy … Ashley
  • David Hasselhoff … David Hasselhoff
  • Christopher Lloyd … Mr. Goodman
  • Paul Scheer … Andrew
  • Gary Busey … Clayton
  • Clu Gulager … Mo
  • Sierra Fisk … Bethany
  • Matt Lintz … Freckled Boy (as Matthew Lintz)
  • Sylvia Jefferies … Young Mother
  • Jenna Hurt … Rochelle
  • Rozlyn Papa … Dawn
  • Alisa Harris … Hysteric / Stocky Woman
  • Stacy Rabon … Fearful Woman
  • Nate Panning … Waterpark Patron
  • Kathy Sue Holtorf … Bimbo Lifeguard
  • Irina Voronina … Kiki

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