One of the more interesting aspects of Dimension Films' recent Piranha 3D was the fact it took advantage of the latest 3D craze which came about after James Cameron's Avatar was such a huge hit. Some seem to have forgotten there was an even bigger connection between the two movies other than the technology and that's that Cameron got his start directing movie with Piranha Part Two: The Spawning. Vanity Fair remembered and when they interviewed Cameron recently, they brought up that connection.
When asked whether the release of Piranha 3D created any sort of sense of nostalgia in the blockbuster director, Cameron not only replied with an abrupt response of "zero" but went on to tell them how he felt doing horror movies in 3D was a throwback to when it was used as a gimmick.
"Youâ€™ve got to remember: I worked on Piranha 2 for a few days and got fired off of it; I donâ€™t put it on my official filmography. So thereâ€™s no sort of fond connection for me whatsoever," he told them. "In fact, I would go even farther and say that... I tend almost never to throw other films under the bus, but that is exactly an example of what we should not be doing in 3-D. Because it just cheapens the medium and reminds you of the bad 3-D horror films from the 70s and 80s, like Friday the 13th 3-D. When movies got to the bottom of the barrel of their creativity and at the last gasp of their financial lifespan, they did a 3-D version to get the last few drops of blood out of the turnip. And thatâ€™s not whatâ€™s happening now with 3-D.
Ouch! So Cameron not only has no fondness for his roots as a film director, but he thinks that the recent revival of the horror classic as a 3D movie "cheapens the medium." (Granted, he probably hasn't seen the movie.)
Do you agree with Cameron?
Source: Vanity Fair