Year of Release: 2012
Genre: Horror / Sci-Fi
IMDB Rating: 3 / 10
Level of Awful: Medium
WHAT IT’S ABOUT:
Where would we b-movie fans be without the Syfy channel? Stuck with the Asylum I guess, but that’s entirely beside the point. You know when they announce a new movie that it’s going to be a complete cheese factory of goodness and, whilst it doesn’t make me want to re-evaluate my opinion that the golden age of Syfy movies has past, Piranhaconda doesn’t disappoint. It raises so many questions that otherwise wouldn’t cross your mind: what exactly is swimming in the rivers of Hawaii? When exactly does a person become so blonde that they should be given a legal guardian? Do you really get b-movie groupies? And, of course, the question that stuck out in my head: who the hell would sing this movie’s theme song? Jasmin Poncelet, that’s who. Don’t worry, I haven’t heard of her either, but good on her for having the balls to do it anyway. Not afraid to rip itself to shreds, Piranhaconda is one of the best times you can have with bad CGI, a group of random mercenaries and a posse of scantily clad females.
So we’re somewhere in the middle of Hawaii with Jasmin Poncelet singing her little lungs out when a helicopter loaded with Prof. Lovegrove and two soon-to-be-eaten students descends from the sky. Lovegrove, a world-renowned herpetologist, is on the lookout for a nest of strange eggs. Now feels like a good time to break it to you that the title is misleading and the creature contains no piranha or anaconda. If this disappoints you, take solace in the fact that it’s a Polynesian snake demon. Feel better? Good. So Lovegrove finds one of the nests laden with many eggs. Intent on revealing the creature to the world he bags one of the eggs up in a plastic corn flakes container to take back to the helicopter. As one might expect the mummy piranhaconda took a while to shove that egg out and isn’t about to just let some silly human run off with it. Defying the laws of space she emerges from a body of water that couldn’t possibly hide something her size, eats three out of the four people in attendance while Lovegrove runs off into the forest with the egg.
We now switch to another part of the forest where a group of scantily clad females are being stalked by a lunatic with a meat cleaver. For a moment I thought another movie had leaked into this one, but it turns out that we’re actually following a film crew around while they make the third installment in a slasher series that I’m fairly sure is poking fun at the Friday the 13th and Scream franchises. It’s here we meet Jack and Rose (if this is some strange homage to Titanic, I don’t get it, but I’m just gonna run with star struck lovers in the face of adversity), a stuntman and a script writer respectively. The two clearly have a thing for one another but, being the gentleman that he is, Jack just won’t let the movie’s slutty star Kimmy go without a thorough sun tan lotioning. This irritates Rose so much that she’s gonna tie that sarong so tight blood won’t flow to anything below the waist. Intense oiling up in the Hawaiian sun, however, is about to become the least of this little group’s problems.
Not from the piranhaconda, mind you, but rather from a random group of mercenaries that have also been running around the Hawaiian jungle. They’ve already managed to kidnap the professor and now manage to grab a hold of Rose, Kimmy and the movie’s director as well. Jack and his explosives buddy have managed to make a daring escape into the undergrowth that took splitting up, running frantically from side to side and tripping over every piece of wood they could find to get right. When they miraculously manage to make their way back to the road they think it best not to go back into town and alert the proper authorities and settle on the decidedly more manly method of taking on a hostage situation with no weapons other than a bag of plastic explosives. But, dear viewer, let us not forget the angry mother piranhaconda in hot pursuit of her missing egg and the many humans she’s prepared to nom through to get it back…
LIFE’S LESSONS LEARNED:
- Piranhacondas are known to secure their eggs with anti-theft ooze.
- Nobody truly appreciates how difficult it is for a b-actress to be a sex bomb at 5 in the morning.
- $50 and some spare change is enough cash to secure a university professor’s safe release from a hostage situation.
- Mercenaries just prowl Hawaii’s forests kidnapping any random fool who walks by.
- Bands of rogue Hawaiian mercenaries are really just would-be directors and cameramen.
- Sometimes all a b-movie actress’s career needs is a hostage situation and threats of a violent death.
- Men sweat like pigs, sluts sweat like pound puppies.
Posted on June 26, 2012, in Awful Level: Medium and tagged 2012, actress, attack, b grade, bikinis, eggs, ghost orchid, Hawaii, Horror, hostage, jungle, man eating, mercenaries, monster, movie crew, movie set, nest, Piranhaconda, Polynesian, ransom, review, river demon, Roger Corman, Syfy, uninhabited. Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.
They really should make more good movies in which a B-movie crew is picked off by a monster. It’s a good idea that rarely lives up to its potential.
For really good effect they should do it as a found footage movie. Really get the audience involved in what’s going on.
Yet again you have added a movie to my must see list, it can’t be any worse than Sand Sharks or Piranha 3DD!
Haven’t seen Sand Sharks (floating around in my collection somewhere), but there are very few things that can be worse than Piranha 3DD and this certainly isn’t one of them.
Sand Sharks is made for your blog. Piranhaconda is downloading as I type 🙂
Let me know what you think of it!
I watched this when it first aired last week and was happy to see that Jim Wynorski was hired to direct it. As of late Wynorski had been doing nothing but soft-core porn stuff so to see him getting back to his roots was nice. But sigh… the film is pretty bad. I miss the Chopping Mall and Return of Swamp Thing Jim Wynorski, he may be lost to us forever.
It was fairly bad, but there’s a demented little child inside of me that gets a little excited when I watch things like this. I bought Chopping Mall ages ago but never got round to watching it, should give it a spin to compare.
Chopping Mall is silly, but a lot of fun and has become the so-called pinnacle of Wynorski’s career.
The pinnacle of someone’s career was a movie called Chopping Mall? Truly, wonders will never cease…
HAHA, yup. He shot his load very early in his career.
Watched it & loved it for all the wrong reasons. God its awful but yet so entertaining. Glad you mentioned the theme song, truly dreadful yet apt. I have to wonder what Michael Masden is doing in crap like this. I wouldn’t have thought he needed the money (Unless he has a drug problem the size of Columbia!) What more could you want from a movie? Bad acting, bad SFX, bad script & lots of good looking women. Perfect beer & pizza movie.
Glad to hear you enjoyed it. It’s really a brilliant awful movie. Next: Arachnoquake.
I saw that advertised on the copy I watched of Piranhaconda, another sci-fi film. Might check it out, I will look forward to a reveiw.
Might watch it tonight. Been looking forward to seeing it.
This review is genius. Pure genius. I cannot WAIT to watch this movie. It should be beneficial as well as entertaining because it sounds like I can learn a lot about my future career as a B movie queen!
Going by this movie the key to being a b-movie queen is to be really nasal when you speak, be really whiny all the time, add a little slut to everything you do and be entirely useless in a hostage situation. If you can do all that, you’ll be well on your way to success!
I can do all of the above except maybe the nasal. Dammit, now my dreams are dashed.
Look, I’m sure these things take time to perfect. You can do it, I believe in you!
Your support means the world to me, James, and when I win that Oscar….um…Scream award, I will be sure to thank you.
I like to be in on the ground level with new talent 🙂
P.S. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.
Thank you so much!