Piranha (1978 film)  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Piranha is a 1978 comedy horror film about a swarm of killer piranha. It was directed by Joe Dante and starred Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn and Dick Miller. Produced by Roger Corman, Piranha is a parody of the 1975 film Jaws, which had been a major success for distributor Universal Studios and director Steven Spielberg, and inspired a series of similarly-themed B movies such as Grizzly, Tintorera, Tentacles, Orca, Up from the Depths and Great White. Piranha's similarity to Jaws was as such that Universal attempted to halt the film's distribution. However, Spielberg saw the film in advance and liked it. Piranha was followed by a sequel, Piranha II: The Spawning, in 1981, and two remakes, one in 1995, and another which is forthcoming. The film was shot at Aquarena Springs

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