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A gigantic serpent is captured on a remote island and shipped to an American college for experimentation. A British millionaire and an American scientist find themselves in hot pursuit of the beast when it escapes from captivity and starts to kill innocent people. Written by
Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>
Oliver Reed was arrested for a barroom brawling incident in Stowe, Vermont, just after filming ended in October 1981. He pleaded no contest to two charges of simple assault and was fined $1,200. In a plea bargaining arrangement worked out by the actor's attorney and the Caledonia County prosecutor, charges of unlawful mischief and attempted simple assault were dropped. Reed agreed to give $1,000 to the Stowe Rescue Squad, a voluntary ambulance operation. The bar's co-owner said that Reed paid $250 for furniture and glassware broken in the melee. See more »
Unimaginably lame and cheap 80's movie that has Oliver Reed (in his, hands down, worst performance ever) obsessing over some kind of gigantic serpent he's inexplicably connected with. He arranges the animal to be sent over to university professor Peter Fonda's laboratory, where it naturally escapes and goes on a rampage in the nearby park and housing estate. This crap movie won't appeal to fans of grotesque creature features, nor will it to lovers of typically cheesy 80's horror. The inventors of the story were stupid enough to use an unreal snake-species, so don't expect to actually see the creature as nobody knows what it looks like. Instead, the screen turns blue when the events are supposedly seen through the snake's eyes and its victims just try to look terrified as the camera rapidly approaches them. William Fruet, who's actually a personal favorite horror director of mine because he made the very competent "House by the Lake" and "Funeral Home", totally messes things up here, as he never manages to create any tension and completely fails to make the viewer emphatic with the characters. There wasn't enough money to finish the film, so they seemingly also cut back on lighting and set pieces. The whole thing is extremely dark and lacking decors. I bet Peter Fonda is still wondering to this day what purpose he served by accepting this role, as he adds absolutely nothing at all.
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