Piranha Movies In Order [In What Order Should I Watch Piranha Films]

Piranha film series is a popular animal horror franchise that is based on the story of genetically altered piranha fishes who creates havoc when accidentally released into common rivers. Here is the list of all Piranha movies in order of release

  • Piranha (1978)
  • Piranha II: The Spawning (1981)
  • Piranha (1995)
  • Piranha 3D (2010)
  • Piranha 3DD (2012)

About Piranha Movie Series

In 1978, Directed by Joe Dante A spoof of Jaws film Titled “Piranha”. The story of genetically altered fishes that attacks common people received positive reviews from both viewers and critics. After the success of Piranha (1978), sequels and remakes were made.

Piranha Movies In Order: In What Order Should I Watch Piranha Films?

Currently there are five Piranha movies that are based on the story of genetically altered Piranha.

Do You Need To Watch Piranha Movies In Order?

Piranha movies are based on Piranha fishes but all films are standalone and have their own plot. Piranha films can be watched as standalone or you can watch them in order.

If you want to watch Piranha films in order, then you should watch them in release order. Here is the list of all Piranha movies in order of release

Piranha (1978)

  • Director: Joe Dante
  • Writers: Richard Robinson, John Sayles
  • Stars: Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies-Urich, Kevin McCarthy
  • Runtime: 1h 34min

Piranha II: The Spawning (1981)

  • Directors: James Cameron, Ovidio G. Assonitis
  • Writers: Charles H. Eglee, James Cameron
  • Stars: Tricia O’Neil, Steve Marachuk, Lance Henriksen
  • Runtime: 1h 34min

Piranha (1995)

  • Director: Scott P. Levy
  • Writers: Richard Robinson
  • Stars: William Katt, Alexandra Paul, Monte Markham
  • Runtime: 1h 29min

Piranha 3D (2010)

  • Director: Alexandre Aja
  • Writers: Pete Goldfinger, Josh Stolberg
  • Stars: Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O’Connell, Richard Dreyfuss
  • Runtime: 1h 28min

Piranha 3DD (2012)

  • Director: John Gulager
  • Writers: Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan
  • Stars: Danielle Panabaker, Ving Rhames, David Hasselhoff
  • Runtime: 1h 23min
A still from Piranha (1978). It is the first movie on the list of all Piranha movies in order of release
A still from Piranha (1978) | ©New Horizons

Piranha (1978)

Two teenagers, while swimming in the pool gets attacked an unknown entity and gets disappeared. Maggie McKeown, a skiptracer gets the responsibility to go in search of the teenagers and to help her, she hires Paul Grogan as her guide.

Maggie comes at the place from where the teenagers where disappeared and learns that the place was used for fish hatchery before being militarized.

While trying to investigate the place, Maggie finds a pool and drains it to search in the bottom. After the incident, Maggie and paul learn that the pool was filled with lethal piranha fishes and now maggie has released them in the river.

A still from Piranha II: The Spawning (1981). It is the first movie on the list of all Piranha movies in order of release
A still from Piranha II: The Spawning (1981) | ©New Horizons

Piranha II: The Spawning (1981)

Hotel Elysium is been a victim of marine animal attacks many times. When Diving instructor Anne Kimbrough’s student gets attacked, she as a former marine biologist tells everything that they have to do something about it as it is very dangerous for the area.

Soon after the incident, two women and a man gets attacked and killed by Piranha and this time, Piranhas have become more dangerous because they have developed the ability to fly.

A still from Piranha (1995). It is the first movie on the list of all Piranha movies in order of release
A still from Piranha (1995) | ©New Horizons

Piranha (1995)

After finding a swimming pool in an old army test site, Barbara and her boyfriend David decides to swim inside the pool but soon they get attacked and killed by unknown entities inside the pool.

The next day, J. R. Randolph, uncle of Barbara, when learns about the absence of Barbara, he hires private investigator Maggie McNamara to locate Barbara. Maggie starts her investigation and reaches the army test site. At, army test site, she finds the pool and to check the pool, he drains all the water from the pool.

After draining the pool, an old man explains her that the pool was home for lethal piranha fishes who have now been drained into the river water.

A still from Piranha 3D (2010). It is the first movie on the list of all Piranha movies in order of release
A still from Piranha 3D (2010) | ©New Horizons

Piranha 3D (2010)

During the time of spring, Many people have started to visit Lost River Lake Resort to spend their vacations. Jake visits the lake to take her sister back where he meets a movie actress and learns that shooting of a movie is also going on near the lake.

Meanwhile, Jake’s Mother Julie gets the news about the death of an old man near the lake and when she goes to the lake, she learns that the old man is killed by piranha fishes.

A still from Piranha 3DD (2012). It is the first movie on the list of all Piranha movies in order of release
A still from Piranha 3DD (2012) | ©New Horizons

Piranha 3DD (2012)

Two old man goes near a lake in search of their cow and gets attacked and killed by piranha fishes. The next day, Chet announces that after two days he is going to open his water park which has a special pool known as the adult pool.

Maddy, chet’s daughter calls all her friends to enjoy in her waterpark, where Maddy’s friend Shelby and Josh goes inside to the pool which was filled with baby piranha fishes.

Is Piranha And Piranha 3D The Same Movie?

Officially, Piranha 3D is a remake of the comedy horror film Piranha (1978). but both the films are different in terms of the story plot and Piranha 3D has better production quality and use of CGI when compared to Piranha films.

Which Piranha Movie Is The Best?

Piranha movie series is one of the most popular animal horror series that has a perfect balance of horror, gore, and humour.

The series has a huge fan base around the world, but which Piranha movie is the best? here’s a quick round-up of every Piranha movie ranked from worst to best based on audience IMDb ratings.

Piranha FilmsIMDb Ratings
Piranha 3DD (2012)3.7/10
Piranha II: The Spawning (1981)3.7/10
Piranha (1995)3.9/10
Piranha 3D (2010)5.4/10
Piranha (1978) 5.9/10

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Like Sharkando and Annaconda, Piranha is another popular animal horror film which has received positive reviews both from critics and viewers. Here in this article i have listed all the piranha movies in order of release.

Watching Piranha movies in order is not important, however, it will definitely add to your viewing experience if you follow the order. If you have any other quarry let me know in the comments

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