The man responsible for the 3-D epidemic that has taken over Hollywood isn’t so pleased with one of the latest films to use the technology. James Cameron, who briefly worked on 1981’s Piranha 2, told Vanity Fair that the “cheap” use of 3-D in movies like Piranha 3D are giving a bad name to the entire movement.
“I tend almost never to throw other films under the bus, but [Piranha 3D] 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.”
Cameron continues that, despite missteps like Piranha, we are still in the midst of a 3-D “renaissance.”
“Right now the biggest and the best films are being made in 3-D. Martin Scorsese is making a film in 3-D. Disney’s biggest film of the year—Tron: Legacy—is coming out in 3-D. So it’s a whole new ballgame.”
Whatever 3-D goodwill is generated by those two films, though, may very well be counteracted by this.