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What are the chances that Frenchman Alexandre Aja’s “Piranha 3D” will do monster business at the box office? I haven’t a clue, it’s way too hard to judge if its “Snakes on a Plane” shtick will translate to box office (that film certainly didn’t), but I can almost guarantee you that this thing is going to be sticking around for a while in the genre pool, if only because of the uber camp nature of the whole project. The film’s latest viral marketing involves the Wild Wild Girls (the film’s parody of the Girls Gone Wild DVD franchise), complete with official site and faux “serious” videos by its founder, Derrick (played with an awesome straight face by Jerry O’Connell). Some of the more, ahem, tame pics from the Wild Wild Girls site below. Head over there for some seriously hilarious O’Connell videos.
From director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) comes the new action thriller PIRANHA. Every year the population of sleepy Lake Victoria explodes from 5,000 to 50,000 for Spring Break, a riot of sun and drunken fun. But this year, there’s something more to worry about than hangovers and complaints from local old timers; a new type of terror is about to be cut loose on Lake Victoria. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents. The films stars Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl), Steven R. McQueen (The Vampire Diaries), Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O’Connell, Ving Rhames, Richard Dreyfuss and Christopher Lloyd.
Starring: Elisabeth Shue, Eli Roth, Dina Meyer, Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, Jerry O’Connell, Jessica Szohr, Steven R. McQueen, Adam Scott, Richard Dreyfuss, Kelly Brook, Cody Longo, Brooklynn Proulx, and directed by Alexandre Aja.
Get wild wild August 20, 2010.
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