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04 June 2018 @ 06:32 pm


DIR: Joe Dante
Starring: Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, Kevin McCarthy

Blurb: An army laboratory conducting top-secret genetic research on piranha for biological warfare accidentally releases their experiments (no they don't... that would be the good guys) in the water supply... and the fish are headed downstream toward a summer camp.

Scene 01: We open on a downward pan shot at night from the top of a security fence as ominous music plays.

Old, wore out signs report that this is a restricted area and there is to be no trespassing.

Out in the night, young girl and boytoy are hiking near Stageset Creek. They're following Stageset Creek just to see where it goes, which leads to our "No Trespassing" sign. Boytoy says it looks like the place has been deserted for awhile, whatever it used to be.

Our two adventuresome kids head on inside through the in-disrepair chain link fence.

Girl wonders why the place isn't shown on Boytoy's map. Obvs, nothing happens and they spend a boring night under the moon... hah, no...

There is always some damned scientist mucking about.Collapse )

04 June 2018 @ 07:02 pm

Scene 40: As they're racing away in a purloined Jeep, Grogan asks if Maggie has a dime.

This was so that he could stop at a payphone (ask your parents) and call the summer camp grounds to warn them not to let the children go in the water. Naturally, he babbles about killer fish, so is unbelieved by Mr. Dumont, who accuses Mr. Grogan of drunk dialing the camp... again.

With this a bust, Paul and Maggie race down toward town.

But they're then intercepted by a Sheriff's department patrol car. They can't outrace a patrol car in a Jeep.

They try to explain to the deputy about the piranha, but like Mr. Dumont, he is a) unconvinced that this isn't a hoax and b) recognizes Grogan as the always-drunk asshole who lives above the town. It seems that Grogan has had run-ins with the law before.

They're taken into custody, by the fast-to-draw-his-gun deputy.
It is CHAOS! CHAOS! But an awful-lot-of-fun chaos.Collapse )