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Piranhas, Holes, and Joe Dante

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | May 3, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | May 3, 2010 |

Before directing Gremlins and Gremlins 2, Joe Dante — a protégé of Roger Corman, like Francis Ford Coppola and James Cameron — has his feature directing debut in 1978 with Piranha, a Corman-produced so-bad-it’s good killer piranha movie.

Thirty-two years later, Alexandre Aja — in an effort to recapture the so bad it’s good vibe of the original — is remaking Piranha in 3D. With lots of blood. And Eli Roth. We showed you the teaser trailer last week, and here’s the first full-length trailer. On the basis of the trailer alone, it looks like it achieves exactly what it set out to do.

Meanwhile, Joe Dante — 32 years after his debut — is back with his first feature in years (since 2003’s Looney Tunes: Back in Action). This one, too, is in 3D. But the tone couldn’t be any more different: It’s a family-friendly horror movie. Think Poltergeist in tone, although, I think this is a little too kid friendly for my tastes.

Here’s the trailer for The Hole.

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