Roger Corman Master Class: PIRANHA (1978) with special guest Joe Dante



Digital Screen Room Tue, Jan 26 7:00 PM


This event is part of the Roger Corman Master Class. Learn more about the other events in the series. Package discounts available.

This 4-week study of Corman's career will be hosted by Hollywood Theatre head programmer Dan Halsted. Each installment will focus on a different film produced in Corman's "factory" and will explore different facets of Corman's career. This installment is on PIRANHA (1978).

We can't provide the films themselves, but all are easily rentable on major streaming platforms. The classes will be streamed via Vimeo, and attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions for Dan and our guests via chat. (If you want to participate in the chat via mobile, you will need to download the Vimeo app.)

Please contact if you have questions about accessibility.

PIRANHA (1978): In the wake of the success of JAWS, dozens of films attempted to cash in on what became an "animals on a rampage" craze. One of the best is this fast-paced and highly entertaining Roger Corman production (written by John Sayles), featuring thousands of piranhas that are accidentally released into a river near a summer camp. Director Joe Dante joins us for the discussion.

About Joe Dante: Joe Dante is known for his offbeat blending of fantasy, horror, and comedy. He began his career editing trailers for Roger Corman, before directing such films as PIRANHA and THE HOWLING. He is most well known for directing the 1984 smash hit GREMLINS, which he followed with INNERSPACE, THE BURBS, and GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH. Currently, he oversees the website Trailers From Hell: