I am not nearly as big of a fan of the torture porn that has found a niche today. There is a strong distinction between the MAN v. Beast/Zombie/Slasher/Serial Killer fun in more traditional horror fare and the MAN v. (bound) MAN scenarios that we get in Hostel and others like it. I will say, though, that I do love ELI ROTH'S CABIN FEVER. Great movie! Cabin Fever 2, I heard not so much, but I will be checking it out soon.
SAW was a great first entry into that series, but the follow-ups got less creative and more commercial in terms of jamming out a yearly title. I do have high hopes for Saw 7 aka Saw 3-D. "They" say it is going to be a much better effort than 2 through 6, but we shall see. At the very least, "they" also say it will definitely be the last. I'll be writing more on SAW in a few weeks,
On to Piranha 3-D...what a great time at the theater! The piranha themselves were decent on-screen villains, but their "digitality" was screaming each time they showed up. Of course they looked like digital creations, because they were, but were they used too much? It is a little debated fact that one of the things that made JAWS so iconic was that it was a shark movie that barely showed the shark. I promise, less fish on-screen with the level of gore we had here, and no one would have been disappointed.
Piranha's practical effects are some of the best of recent years and the volume of blood in this movie rivals the Crazy 88's fight scene in Kill Bill Vol. 1. I believe I heard at some point that there was LITERALLY a tanker truck of blood brought onto the set.