Episode #075[edit | edit source]

Piranha II: The Spawning is an episode focusing on the movie of the same name, as part of the Podinator: Judgment Cast miniseries covering the filmography of James Cameron. Posted 18 Sep 2016.

Summary[edit | edit source]

It doesn't matter what we say here, no one's going to watch this!

James Cameron got his start electroshocking worms on low-budget Corman movies, and with Piranha II gets his first chance to direct on a Corman movie sequel project that was bought up by Italians. They had some interesting conditions for the movie, and so the final product features goodly amounts of 1) Penthouse T&A, and 2) piranhas that can fly. Of course, Cameron did not quite have the pull he later had, so this movie remained titled Piranha II: The Spawning rather than Piranhas or Piranha$.

So, why does James Cameron not really consider this movie to be his directing debut? Does Lance Henriksen pop like a motherfucker on screen, and does it look like he would make a good Terminator or a Bishop? Speaking of motherfuckers, what is going on with the romantic and the should-NOT-be-romantic-but-kind-of-looks-that-way relationships? And, even at this earliest stage of his directing career, where does it seem that the "Cameron Gaze" is looking?

Meanwhile David reacts to a negative review that complains about him cutting Griffin off too much - so he lets Griffin's song parody go long, and lets him run free to make points from atop his soapbox. And get ready: Griffin does some beautiful foley work on the way to his soapboxes.

Milestones and Ephemera[edit | edit source]

  • Alternate location for dicks, to be more cinema-friendly: chest
  • Ben's Gripe: size of the piranha
  • "I love a French carnival!" -- Ben Hosley
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