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Snakehead Terror (2004)

A small town, desperate to recover from hard economic times, is under threat when voracious Snakehead fish mutate and survive previous lake chemical poisonings. The fish transform from ... See full summary »

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Paul Ziller

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Anthony L. Greene (screenplay), Patrick J. Vitale (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alistair Abell ... Sammy
Doug Abrahams ... Deputy Clark
Carol Alt ... Lori Dale
Bruce Boxleitner ... Patrick James
Juliana Wimbles ... Jagger
Brenda Campbell ... Reporter
Gardiner Millar ... Hunter 1
William B. Davis ... Doc Jenkins
Bro Gilbert Bro Gilbert ... Deputy Reece
P. Lynn Johnson ... Norma
Gary Jones ... Colin Jenkins
Chad Krowchuk ... Craig (as Chad Krowchuck)
Matthew MacCaull ... James
Don MacKay ... Ray Wilkens
Ryan McDonell ... Luke
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Storyline

A small town, desperate to recover from hard economic times, is under threat when voracious Snakehead fish mutate and survive previous lake chemical poisonings. The fish transform from pests to predators when human growth hormones are dumped into the local lake in the hopes of reviving the local fishing industry. Thriving on the hormones, the Snakehead fish grow to monstrous proportions, devouring everything within reach. Capable of moving and eating on land, they are forced to leave the now barren lake in a desperate search for food - animal, vegetable or human. Written by Anonymous

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The fish are really biting.


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Rated R for creature violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A rettegés tava See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Trivia

Has striking similarities to the independent film Night Of The Snakehead Fish (2003), released a year earlier. See more »

Goofs

When the girls are in the house shooting the fish. The one using the shotgun ejected 2 "spent" shells onto the floor. It was brief but it appeared they had smoke swirling off them but they were still closed and not open as a shot shell would be. See more »

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References Godzilla (1954) See more »

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Well...it's ahhh...something else
9 September 2004 | by jennieb145See all my reviews

I watched Snakehead Terror mostly because I'm a big fan of Bruce Boxleitner.

Wow. Does he need money this badly? The premise wasn't bad. A small town's economy is ruined by nasty snakehead fish, their lake is poisoned to kill the nasty vermin, and the town is slow to recover. The film opens with a man and his dog finding a somewhat chewed up bear on the shores of the lake, the dog running into the lake to bark at snakehead fish and the guy going into the water to save his dog. Naturally both man and dog are eaten.

If I had found the dead bear, I would have run away.

Anyway, once you actually SEE the things and notice that the fish only crawl about 0.0005 miles per hour you wonder how come no one runs away, screaming into the night or even day? I mean I can understand the fish swimming quickly in the water, but on land? I could still outrun those things even if both my legs were missing and I had only the use of my left hand.

Bruce plays the sheriff of this under-economized town and his teenaged daughter's boyfriend is killed when he is eaten by the nasty fish and Bruce wants to immediately close the lake. Of course, no one listens and the lake remains open. Then he contacts the wildlife division and they send out Carol Alt who then determines the cause of the boy's death are snakeheads. Still, no one listens. Of course, what happens next is predictable, the news leaks out, and suddenly there are bounty hunters searching for the deadly snakeheads. And of course, teenagers who never listen, go on the lake seeking revenge for the death of their friend. Like a snakehead cares.

It turns out that the town's coroner has been giving his brother large quantities of growth hormone to help encourage the growth of the lake's natural fish but unfortunately all it did was make the snakeheads grow to enormous size and they HISS, SNARL, GROWL and I swear, they bark at you too.

These things are huge with appetites to match. The CGI was not very good but the gore was incredibly....well...gory. Bits and pieces of flesh flying about, blood spurting, limbs being ripped off, it was like watching me in the kitchen vainly trying to cut up a piece of meat for dinner.

Watching this movie made me decide on a couple of things (a) not to live on a lake (b) not to have teenagers, and (c) maybe give up sushi. It's an entertaining movie, better than most I've seen on the sci fi channel and believe it or not, more than 2 people actually survive. That was a relief. In a way.


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