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Snake has been picked up for a belated US release on Digital and DVD by ITN Releasing on May 24, 2022, as Serpent of Death

Meanwhile, here’s our previous coverage of the movie:

Snake is a 2018 comedic action horror film about massive man-eating snakes that live on a remote island. Also known as Snakes and Chinese Anacona

Written and directed by Lin Zhenzhao (Restart the Earth; Snakes 3: Dinosaur vs. Python; Junkrat Train; The Enchanting Phantom; Snakes 2; Monkey King: The Volcano; Pen Fairy vs. Sadako).

The Chinese movie stars Huang Kailun, Zheng Yue, Xi Meili and Yang Yong.

A sequel, Snake 2, also directed by Lin Zhenzhao, was released in 2019 and Snake 3: Dinosaur vs. Python was released in January 2022.

Plot:
During World War II, Japanese soldiers come across a huge size snake in the jungle on an uninhabited island.

In 2018, a Chinese cancer research group together with Lin Qi, an elementary school teacher and author of an Encyclopedia on Prehistoric Animals, travel to the same island, now nicknamed ‘Resurrection Island’ to search for an important cadmium-filled plant, “the fruit of life, blood-sucking begonias”.

Beyond a fog barrier that lies around the remote island, they encounter vicious flying butterfish, exploding bomb fruits, glass fireflies, a giant man-eating plant (which looks like Audrey from The Little Shop of Horrors) and monster snakes

Our view:
After a somewhat off-putting opening scene involving some Japanese soldiers being attacked by a mammoth CGI creation, Snake soon settles into a more enjoyable modern-day expedition in which its characters must face an array of dangers. The flying fish (recalling Piranha II, though they were all practical effects) are particularly silly yet undeniable fun. The swift pacing means that there isn’t much time between each attack. The less said about some of the typically puerile Chinese humour the better.

Snake is no classic, for sure, yet it provides enough adventure-horror to provide the kind of vacuous jungle-set entertainment that fans of brainless cinema will enjoy. As if to prove the point, two sequels have already followed.

Oh, and beyond the cliched “boss” villain there’s a welcome strong female character who isn’t afraid to attack the huge snake. Adrian J Smith, MOVIES and MANIA

Other reviews:
” …even allowing for its relatively early place in the history of Chinese attack animals, it feels pretty rote. If you’ve seen many Western entries, all of what you get here will be pretty familiar. Competently enough executed, to be fair. Just not as imaginative as the stuff around the fringes, which ends up being more fun.” B- Film Blitz

“It’s nicely paced with something popping up every few minutes to keep things from getting dull. And while logic and scientific accuracy aren’t the script’s strong points the film never gets insultingly stupid either. Apart from its attempts at humour that is, they were cringe-inducing in all the wrong ways.” 3.5/5 Voices from the Balcony

Choice dialogue:
CK aka Fattie: “Don’t worry. Women? It’s normal for a woman to have an attitude.”

Release:
The movie was released in China on 4th September 2018.

Technical details:
1 hour 19 minutes

Original title:
大蛇 “Big Snake”

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