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Lockjaw: Rise of the Kulev Serpent (2008)

In the countryside, the boy Alan and his friend Becky steal a creepy wooden box with a powerful voodoo stick inside from his voodooistic neighbor. When the boy draws with the stick, his ... See full summary »

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Amir Valinia

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Jodie Jones, Evan Scott (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
DMX ... Nick
Wes Brown ... Kelly
Louis Herthum ... Alan Cade
Lauren Fain Lauren Fain ... Sam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brendan Aguillard Brendan Aguillard ... Young Alan
Lisa Arnold ... Becky
Debra Arnott Debra Arnott ... Laura Cade
Derrick Denicola ... Winston
Devin Denicola Devin Denicola ... Mailman
Caleb Michaelson ... Kurt
David Pullman David Pullman ... Clayton
Abby Rao Abby Rao ... Young Becky
Sheldon Robins ... Madd dog
Tony Senzamici ... Paul Cade
Victoria Vodar ... Ashley
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In the countryside, the boy Alan and his friend Becky steal a creepy wooden box with a powerful voodoo stick inside from his voodooistic neighbor. When the boy draws with the stick, his drunken father is attacked by a snake and vanishes. Years later, Alan and Becky are married to each other; while planting some flowers to celebrate the death of Alan's mother, Becky finds the box buried in the garden and she keeps the stick in her pocket. Meanwhile, five friends are traveling in a monster truck, drinking beer. The driver accidentally runs over Becky, but believes he had hit an animal. When Alan witnesses the hit-and-run and sees his wife dead, he uses the stick seeking revenge against the youngsters. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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USA

Language:

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Release Date:

26 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carnivorous See more »

Filming Locations:

Port Allen, Louisiana, USA

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Behold, the 'Snakigator'!
2 April 2011 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

As a child, Alan Cade steals a wooden voodoo box containing a magical pen that has the power to make whatever is drawn with it become a reality; years later, when a monster truck accidentally runs down his wife Becky, Alan uses the pen to summon a monster to seek revenge on the occupants of the vehicle, five friends partying at a nearby cabin.

Lockjaw: Rise of the Kulev Serpent (AKA Carnivorous) is a derivative straight-to-DVD piece of garbage that rips off its basic revenge plot from enjoyable straight-to-video 80s horror Pumpkinhead. But where Pumpkinhead proved to be a fun creature-feature thanks to solid direction from FX legend Stan Winston, a very cool monster (also by Winston), and a decent performance from seasoned pro Lance Henrickson, Carnivorous simply elicits boredom and unintentional laughter in equal measures with its uninspired script, inexperienced cast, and truly crappy beast—an over-sized, poorly rendered CGI snake with an alligator's head.

Opening with an embarrassingly naff credits sequence, complete with cheesy lightning effects and statues with glowing red eyes, Carnivorous does not bode well from the outset, and matters only get worse from thereon in: director Amir Valinia sets up the film's back-story in an awful prologue that displays a complete lack of talent from its child actors (while also showcasing a neat array of dollar store Halloween props), before cutting to the present day, where he introduces viewers to his equally untalented adult cast, a bunch of total unknowns who are likely to remain that way if this is the kind of bilge they choose to appear in.

After some predictably dumb drunken shenanigans at the cabin, during which sexist jerk Kurt (Caleb Michaelson) gets a lap-dance from drunken big-breasted slapper Ashley (Victoria Vodar), Kurt's nice-girl girlfriend Sam (Lauren Fain) seeks comfort in the arms of good-guy Kelly (Wes Brown), and Ashley has sex with her boyfriend (but annoyingly keeps her bra on the whole time), the creature finally moves in for the kill. Several unimpressive death scenes later, ex-rapper DMX turns up with a rocket launcher and blows the 'snakigator' to kingdom come, finally putting an end to our suffering.


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