This for me is the best film of Tim Curry’s career. His performance as Wadsworth, the butler of Hill House herding the guests of a dinner party turned murder scene is one of the most frenetic examples of scene stealing I’ve ever seen. Even ammongst all the screaming, intentional over the top acting and insanity, Curry stands out as the star performer. That doesn’t mean that the other performers are slouches. Each one of the actors portraying the guests at the mysterious dinner party play their part with comic skill not often seen in today’s comedy films.
Let’s face it: Piranha is not going to win any Oscars. It won’t make anyone’s top ten list and will probably be forgotten in a couple months (but will resurrect itself in the form of a sequel if one can believe the reports). It is a movie of the moment, an over-the-top sidestep from the stresses of reality, and a reason to grab the person next to you and throw your popcorn in the air in fright. It is schlocky horror meant to entertain as much as scare; but is this updated throwback too late? Read the rest of this entry