Piranha 3DD – USA, 2012 – overview and reviews


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

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

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 as “Big Wet.”

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“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