SNAKEMAN aka THE SNAKE KING (2005) Reviews and overview

  

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‘A new breed of predator’
SnakeMan is a 2005 American action-adventure horror film about a research team attempting to discover the Amazonian fountain of youth. Also known as The Snake King.

Directed by Allan A. Goldstein (Pact with the Devil; 2001: A Space Travesty; Death Wish: The Face of Death) from a screenplay co-written with Declan O’Brien (Joy Ride 3: Roadkill; Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines; Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings; Monster Ark; Rock Monster; Harpies) from a story co-written by Kenneth M. Badish and Boaz Davidson (director of X-Ray).

The movie stars Stephen Baldwin, Jayne Heitmeyer, Larry Day, Gary Hudson, Ross McCall, Phil Miler, Gideon Rosa, Jorge Tarquini, Caco Monteiro, Shelly Varod, Mike Zafra, Narcival Rubens, Lucas Wilber Silva Laborda, Charles Paraventi, Michael P. Flannigan

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Reviews:
“You got the good guy male lead that knows his way around these parts, you got the female lead that ends up becoming his love interest, you got the bad guys that all eventually end up getting killed one way or another, and everyone else is just snake fodder. It’s all done in such a lifeless manner that it manages to fail as either a monster movie or a jungle adventure.” ½ out of 5 Dread Central

“The hilariously awful CGI effects are good for a laugh (literally, a laugh), but by the fifth time the cruddy looking multi-headed snake interacts poorly with a human actor, you’ll just be shaking your head in disbelief. Even though the CGI work is slipshod, the gore is fairly decent, given what they were working with.” The Video Vacuum

” …bad can be fun, and this movie is fun — it kept us entertained and laughing up until its final, moralistic ending portending a happy (and probably long) future for Susan and Matt within the Snake Tribe. But any movie that begins with a cheesy double death and ends with a cheesy massacre and makes use of every cliché available in-between is simply hard to hate.” A Wasted Life

Plot synopsis [contains spoilers]:
Anthropologists deep in the Amazon uncover the remains of a man they come to determine was approximately 300 years old when he died. This leads to a second expedition to discover the reason behind his longevity, but there’s a major problem in the form of an Amazonian tribe that guards the proverbial fountain of youth and the giant, multi-headed snake they worship.

The scientists, led by Doctor Susan Elters (Jayne Heitmeyer), local Amazonians, and their guide, Matt Ford (Stephen Baldwin), work their way through the jungle losing half the crew on the way and discovering the tribe known as the Snake People. Once they find the tribe, they are held hostage and the only way they can leave peacefully is if they bring their recently discovered remains.

The scientists are able to contact the head of the expedition who promises to bring the body back. When he and his soldiers show up without the body, they become enemies with the Snake People. They search for the fountain of youth, killing Snake People along the way. They find the fountain in a cave and the final battle between the scientists and the snake takes place.

The entire team of soldiers are killed and the only people left alive are Doctor Susan Elters and Matt Ford, who find that they need to keep the secrets to eternal youth with the Snake People.

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Cast and characters:
Stephen Baldwin … Matt Ford
Jayne Heitmeyer … Doctor Susan Elters
Larry Day … Doctor Rick Gordon
Gary Hudson … Doctor John Simon
Ross McCall … Timothy
Phil Miler … Doctor Richman
Gideon Rosa … Dahar
Jorge Tarquini … Jonathan Rodgers
Caco Monteiro … Will Bahia
Shelly Varod … Sid
Mike Zafra … Rush Fernandez
Narcival Rubens … Tika
Lucas Wilber Silva Laborda … Bada
Charles Paraventi … Ronald
Michael P. Flannigan … Jim
Sandro Lyrio … Edwardo
Agnaldo Santos Lopez … Mase
Caio Roderigo Chaves … Prospector

Filming locations:
Brazil

Trailer:

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