Calamity of Snakes – Hong Kong, Taiwan, 1983

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Calamity of Snakes  – original title: Ren she da zhan – is a 1983 Hong Kong/Taiwanese horror film directed by Chi Chang as William Chang Kee. It stars Lei Chang, Chung-Lien Chou, and Tung-min Huang.

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When a construction crew kills a large group of snakes while building a hotel, an ancient snake curse is cast on the building and all hell breaks loose…

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Some scenes from Calamity of Snakes were spliced into the 1985 English language production Serpent Warriors, an unsurprisingly low-budget affair starring Clint Walker as a zoologist sent in to get rid of a nest of snakes (controlled by a voodoo priestess played by Eartha Kitt) infesting a construction site. None of the animal death footage, which the film is notorious for, was used.

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Reviews

“Calamity of Snakes is a strange beast. On the one hand, it’s kind of incredible with scene after scene of amazing set-pieces, but then you remember that you’re watching hundreds upon hundreds of snakes being massacred and you start to feel depressed. It’s one hell of an experience.” Mondo Exploito

” …the issue of whether the killing of dozens of animals in order to produce a cheap B-list horror picture is justified is not really something that can be distilled and discussed thoroughly in the confines of a short internet review. But I will say that there is a certain segment of people out there that have a love for this sort of cinema, and, for them, Calamity of Snakes deserves its’ elevated status in the genre.” HKFilm

” …makes all the Italian cannibal stuff look like a conservationist fun camp by comparison. It’s a cavalcade of suffering for all concerned. I usually enjoy the ‘anything goes’ factor but this one is strictly for those who want their minds broken in a hurry. Calamity of Snakes is as nasty as it comes.” Craig Lines, Den of Geek!

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“If snakes make you queasy, avoid this film. Thousands of them are featured throughout the movie, including a 50-foot monster-serpent at the film’s conclusion.” Thomas Weisser, Asian Cult Cinema, Boulevard Books, 1997

“Calamity Of Snakes demands attention and respect . You’ve been warned but largely because this is an incredible piece of exploitation.” So Good Reviews

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