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Hisss (2010)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Horror | 22 October 2010 (India)
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Based on the Far Eastern myth of the snake woman who is able to take on human form.

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Snake Woman
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Vinkram Gupta
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George States
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Maya Gupta
Raman Trikha ...
Rookie Navin
Mahmoud Babai ...
Snake Charmer / Dinesh (as Mahmood Babai)
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Raj Bhansali ...
Snake charmer's son
Sunny Charles ...
Guide 1 / Abusive Father
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Parvez Khan ...
Guard 4 (as Parvez Fazal Khan)
Govind Menon ...
Coroner
Sunita Rajwar ...
Drunken Guard's wife
Meenakshi Thakur ...
Snake Charmer's Wife
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Desperate brain cancer-ridden Caucasian, George States, with only six months to live, decides to capture a male cobra with hopes of obtaining 'Nagmani' from the shape shifting Naga female. For reasons that remain obscure throughout the film this will not only cure his brain cancer but also make him immortal. He hires workers in the jungles of Natchi, Tamil Nadu, who witness the intimacy of the cobras, capture the male allowing the female to escape. George then holds the male cobra in a glass cage hoping that the female cobra will attempt a rescue, and he will then release it in exchange for the Nagamani. The region experiences horror and religious awakening after the enraged female cobra, with the image of its oppressor in its eyes, sheds its snake-skin and takes on a female human form, setting out on its deadly mission of tracking down and destroying her mate's oppressor, and whoever else gets in her way whether involved or not. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Production in India was temporarily delayed due to a strike by the Federation of Western India Cine Employees that was staged by more than 100,000 Indian film industry workers in Mumbai protesting low wages, late payments and the employment of nonunion members in Bollywood. See more »

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Grisly, but not scary, with flashes of brilliance
27 September 2013 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

I was interested in checking out 2010's "Hisss" mainly because it's an East Indian horror production ("Bollywood") and I've never seen an Indian horror flick. The plot has to do with a Hindu snake god coming to life in the form of a beautiful Indian woman (Mallika Sherawat) and preying upon the dastardly inhabitants of the slum city. A detective tries to solve the case (Irrfan Khan).

As noted in my title blurb, this is a gruesome movie but it's not really scary, at least not to me. But that doesn't mean it doesn't have points of interest. The first act features a dynamic sequence at a painting festival on the streets and it's so energetic and creative that it possesses a "Wow" factor, sort of like the innovative dancing scenes in "The Day the Fish Came out" (1967). Later there's a cool chase thru the village (on foot) between the snake woman and a snake charmer with the detective tagging along. There are some other flashes of genius.

Of course Mallika Sherawat is a gorgeous woman, Indian or otherwise, and she's featured in numerous stages of dress or undress, but it's Maya Gupta, as the detective's wife, whose beauty truly shines here, and she's fully clothed at all times (what's that tell ya?).

The film was shot in various areas of India (West coast, East coast, South-Central, etc.) and is a visual feast of India in all its glory or disgrace. The movie's interesting in this regard.

Another highlight is the score & soundtrack. Take, for instance, the compelling and rockin' score during the foot chase.

I also thought the effects were pretty well done. For instance, when the snake woman morphs into a half-snake, half-woman monster at the end it brought to mind Lin Carter's Thongor comics from the early 70s.

Unfortunately, the story's not all that compelling despite the occasional bursts of brilliance. It's also too gruesome for my tastes -- loads of gore and worse -- albeit nothing I can't handle. Plus the detective's stepmother is really annoying (but maybe that's the point).

The film runs 98 minutes.

GRADE: B-


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