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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.


Paul Ziller


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




Cast overview, first billed only:
Alistair Abell ... Sammy
Doug Abrahams ... Deputy Clark
Carol Alt ... Lori Dale
Bruce Boxleitner ... Patrick James
Juliana Wimbles 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


Two years after the desperate attempt to eradicate the snake-head menace in Maryland's once-serene Cultus Lake, the fish population continues to decline. However, as if that weren't enough, someone thought that it would be a great idea to fill the lake with potent growth hormones to increase the lake fisheries, resulting in the creation of a mutated strain of more powerful and more ferocious aquatic predators. Now, Sheriff Patrick James and the marine biologist, Lori Dale, have to right a wrong, before the now-uncontrollable monsters decimate the entire community. Do they have what it takes to stop the snake-head terror? Written by Nick Riganas

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The fish are really biting. See more »

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

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CRAZY CREDITS: In the rolling end credits: "The Producers assure that no fish or humans were harmed (much) in the making of this motion picture. All animals and crew were treated with care and concern for their well being." "This motion picture has been inspired by true events. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, persons or fish, living or dead, is entirely coincidental." See more »


When the kids are hunting snakeheads in their boat, the wake from the camera boat is occasionally visible. See more »


References Jaws (1975) See more »

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I was rooting for the fish
1 September 2006 | by TheMovieMarkSee all my reviews

Nothing trumpets a movie's irrelevance louder than the inability to remember anything about it a mere few weeks after watching it. Seriously, when I started to review this I had to stop and recall whether or not I'd actually watched it yet. I thought I had, but I couldn't remember a thing about it. I finally found my notes and after reading through them all the craptitude came flooding back. I wish I had just kept those memories hidden in the recesses of my mind. Kind of like the "gym teacher incident" of '88.

This actually isn't as putrid as you might expect. But please don't take that statement as an endorsement of any kind. It's just one of those generic, low-budget movies that manages to avoid being horrible but is just too mediocre to be any fun.

There are a few moments of unintentional hilarity though. You gotta love when a teenager gets killed and his friends immediately vow revenge on the sea creature that introduced their buddy to his demise. Within a couple of minutes they're laughing and bumping fists as they set out to "even the score." Good job of completing bypassing the mourning period, guys! I'm sure y'all will have no problem defeating some creature (on his own territory, no less) that has the capability of killing humans.

Note to my friends: if you're ever killed by a shark or something then I hope you'll understand if I don't dive in the water and attempt to take the thing on by myself. I'll have to defer to the proper authorities in that case. Nothing personal.

I think my favorite part is when the teenagers are in a boat and one of the girls shoots at a snakehead fish but she shoots the engine of another boat instead, causing an explosion that kills one of her friends.

The remaining friends vowed revenge on her, laughed, and bumped fists. Or not.

Oh, and Carol Alt is another in a long line of hot biologists in bad monster movies. Gotta love the reliance on such clichés!

Welp, that's about it. The movie bored me, this review is boring me, and there's really not much else to say about it. Skip this one. I guarantee you that watching it will not add anything positive to your life. You won't be entertained, you won't walk away a better person, and you won't tell anybody, "You know, I'm really glad I watched Snakehead Terror." I simply cannot think of a single reason this might be worthy of 90 precious minutes.


If you happen to see this on TV one day then I highly recommend that you just keep on flippin'. I've seen worse, but this simply has nothing to offer. It's only for those of you who are really desperate for a bad movie.

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Release Date:

13 March 2004 (USA) See more »

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