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Snakes Used as Weapons in Movies

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Snakes or their venom are easily used in movies as a weapon to intimidate or kill somebody.

This is an alphabetical list of movies in this category for those who want to browse by category instead of by the main list.

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Angel of Vengeance (War Cat) (1987)

A woman who is abducted and abused gets revenge by throwing one of her captors into a pit full of rattlesnakes.
Angel of Vengeance Screenshot
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)  

Two men try to kill him, then hide in a pit, so Cable throws rattlesnakes into the pit to force them out.
Ballad of Cable Hogue
The Big Doll House (1971) 

A sadistic guard at a women's prison keeps snakes in her office and uses a cobra to torture female prisoners.
The Big Doll House
Black Samurai (1977)

A mobster cult leader called The Warlock throws people into a jail cell full of killer snakes to get rid of them.
Black Samurai
The Blade Master (aka Cave Dwellers) (1984)  

Women are dropped into a snake pit as human sacrifice.
The Blade Master
The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968)

Fu Manchu makes an army of beautiful female assassins by forcing them to be bitten by venomous snakes. The snake bite gives them the power to kill a man with a kiss.
The Blood of Fu Manchu
Bride of the Gorilla (1951) 

A man intentionally knocks another man down next to a snake that bites him and kills him.
Bride of the Gorilla
Chandu the Magician (1932) 

Chandu turns the rifles of three gunmen into snakes and they run away in horror.
This might be the only example of weapons that are turned into snakes that are used as weapons against the original weapons holders that I know of.
Capricorn One
Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)

A Cobra is dropped onto Charlie Chan's bed to kill him.
Charlie Chan at the Circus
Chato's Land (1972)   

Charles Bronson hurls a rattlesnake off a hill onto a bad guy. End of bad guy.
Chato's Land
Cleopatra (1934)

Cleopatra commits suicide by holding an asp to her breast.
Cleopatra 1934
Cleopatra (1963)  

Cleopatra commits suicide by putting her hand in a basket that holds an asp.
Cleopatra 1999
Cleopatra (1999)

Cleopatra commits suicide by holding an asp to her breast.
Cleopatra 1999
Cold Creek Manor (2003)

Somebody fills a house with snakes to terrorize a family.
Cold Creek Manor
Collateral Damage (2002)

A guerilla soldier who made a mistake is forced to swallow a snake as punishment.

Collateral Damage Screenshot
Color of Night (1994)  - Bruce Willis finds a rattlesnake in his mail box. Color of Night
Conan the Barbarian (1982)  

Thulsa Doom, the evil head of a murderous snake cult, turns his snakes into arrows and shoots them with a bow, killing whoever is struck by them. Then they turn back into snakes.
Conan the Barbarian
Cowboy (1958)  

A cowboy finds a rattlesnake at their campsite so he picks it up with a stick and throws it. It gets thrown back and forth until somebody gets bit.
The Craft (1996)  

A high school witch conjures up thousands of snakes to torment a girl who said she has had frightening hallucinations of snakes.

The Craft
Creature with the Blue Hand (1967)

An evil psychiatric doctor kills a woman with a snake and fills a room with snakes to force another woman to do what he wants.
Creature with the Blue Hand
Dark Tide (1994) 

A woman releases a bunch of captive sea snakes into a tub and later pushes a man into the tub where he is bitten multiple times before he dies.
Dark Tide
Death on the Nile (1978)

Detective Poirot finds a live cobra in his bathroom, left there to kill him.

The Devil's Brigade (1968) 

A rattlesnake is put under a soldier's bedcovers in a prank that could have had serious consequences.
The Devil's Brigade
Devil Woman (1970) 

A woman with snakes growing out of her head can control snakes and uses them to kill people.
Devil Woman
Distant Drums (1951)

Gary Cooper holds a rattlesnake's open mouth in the face of an Indian to torture him.
Distant Drums
Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)  

Criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse milks a viper's venom to use in his poison.
Dr. Mabuse
Double Exposure (1983)

A psycho-killer photographer puts a rattlesnake in a bag and ties it to a woman's head until she is bitten and dies.
The Killer Snakes
Dragnet (1987)

A woman is abducted, dressed in a bridal gown, then thrown into a pool of water to be a human sacrifice to an Anaconda.
Drunken Master II (The Legend of Drunken Master) (1994) A young woman who sells snakes in an outdoor food market in China throws bags full of her snakes at soldiers to make them drop their guns.


Drunken Master 2 Screenshot
The Dude Ranger (1934)

A cowboy drops a rattlesnake onto a sleeping man's bed to try to kill him.
The Dude Ranger
Eaten Alive! (1980)

Cobra venom is put on darts that are used to kill people.
Eaten Alive
Enter the Devil (1972) 

Torch-carrying cult members throw people into a pit full of rattlesnakes in the desert to get rid of them.
Enter the Devil
Enter the Dragon (1973)

This is a rare example of a snake being used as a weapon that could actually have happened. Bruce Lee finds a venomous cobra left as a weapon to guard a doorway. (This part is not believable.) Lee catches the snake, puts it into a bag, then releases into a room to scare two men out so he can go into the room. (This part is totally possible.)
Escort West (1958) 

A man picks up a rattlesnake and throws it around the neck of an Indian warrior who is chasing him.
Escort West

Escort West
Eva Nera (1976) 

A collector keeps some deadly snakes that his brother uses to kill women.
Eva Nera
Fair Game (1988) (Mamba)  

A man tries to kill his ex-girlfriend by locking her in her own house and releasing a Black Mamba inside.
Fair Game
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

Grindelwald waves his wand to make two giant snakes appear to strike at one of the men keeping him prisoner.
Fantastic Beasts Screenshot
Fire Down Below (1997) 

When some goons put rattlesnakes in his room to kill him, Steven Segal returns the favor and fills their truck with rattlesnakes.
Fire Down Below
The Fortune (1975) 

Two fools buy a rattlesnake hoping to use it to kill a woman and inherit her fortune.
The Fortune
The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

A man throws a rock at a snake on a branch to knock it down onto the head of his enemy.
The Gods Must Be Crazy
Gold of the Amazon Women (1979)

The worst fake rubber snake ever put on film jumps out of a suitcase in a murder attempt, and a second one kills a jungle guide.
Gunga Din (1939)  

Indian cultists torture a British soldier by threatening to throw him into a snake pit.
gunga din
Hard Target (1993)  

Jean-Claude Van Damme punches a rattlesnake in the face then makes a trap with it to kill one of the men who is hunting him.
Hard Target
The Hills Have Eyes (1977) 

A girl picks up a rattlesnake and makes it bite a man who is trying to kill another man.
The Hills Have Eyes
Holes (2003)  

A boy intentionally gets himstlf bitten by a rattlesnake in order to get out of a prison camp in the desert where he digs holes all day.
Horns (2013) 

A flaming horned demon brings snakes out of the forest to wrap around and crawl inside and kill a guy.
Jennifer (1978)  

Jennifer can control snakes with her mind and make them kill, but she can't make the highschool mean girls like her.
Joshua (aka Black Rider) (1976) 

A man drops a rattlesnake over a cliff onto another man who gets snakebit and dies.
The Kid Brother (1927)  

Harold Lloyd picks up a stick to fight with, not knowing that there's a snake coiled around it, and when his enemy sees it, he turns around and runs.
Kid Brother
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

California Mountain Snake kills Sidewinder with a Black Mamba then her sister Black Mamba fights California Mountain Snake.
Kill Bill
The Killer Snakes (She sha shou) (1975) 

A bullied man uses his pet snakes to kill his tormentors.
The Killer Snakes

Labyrinth (1986) 

The Goblin King turns his crystal ball into a snake then throws it around the neck of a teenage girl to warn her to forget about her stolen baby brother. The snake wraps around her neck, then turns into a scarf.

Last of the Clintons (1935)

A man puts a rattlesnake in a cabin to kill a guy, but it kills a different guy instead.
Last of the Clintons
Live and Let Die (1973)

A criminal gang uses Voodoo cult assassins to kill people with snakes.
Live and Let Die
Maverick (1994)

Maverick is tied up on a horse with a noose around his neck tied to a tree branch, but just in case he escapes that, his captors drop a bag full of rattlesnakes on the ground below him.
Meltdown (High Risk) (Shu dan long wei) (1995) 

A terrorist throws dozens of deadly snakes at a woman to force her to do what he wants.
The Mighty Quinn (1989) 

Snakes from the local witch's collection are used to kill people.
The Mighty Quinn

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

Rattlesnake venom is put into a hollow-tipped bullet to kill someone if the bullet doesn't.

3 Idiots
The Missing (2003) 

An Indian witch hangs rattlesnakes from trees and uses their venom in his magic to murder people.
The Missing
Moonraker (1979)  

James Bond is thrown into a pool and forced to fight a giant python while beautiful women stand around watching and looking bored.
The Mummy Returns (2001)

A re-incarnated Egyptian princess has a killer Asp and knows how to use it.

The Mummy Returns
Murder by Death (1976) 

A snake is put in Charlie Chan's bedroom to kill him and his son, but Chan shoots it first.
Murder by Death
Murders in the Zoo (1933) 

A jealous husband kills his rivals with venom from a severed snake head, making it look like a snake bit them.
Murders in the Zoo
Nadine (1987)   

A box full of snake-handler rattlesnakes is used as a threat and a woman finds a rattlesnake in her bed.
The Naked Prey (1965)  

An elephant hunter cheats an African tribe who capture him then tie him up on the ground next to a cobra trapped inside a burning ring of wood with only one way out.
The Naked Prey
Natural Born Killers (1994)  

A murdered Native American snake handler gets his revenge with a field full of biting rattlesnakes and no more snake juice at the drugstore.
Natural Born Killers
Never Say Never Again (1983) 

A female spy throws her pet Boa Constrictor into a man's car causing him to lose contraol and crash into a wall.

Never Say Never Again
Next of Kin (1989) 

Snakeman is a Kentucky Hillbilly who drives his bus full of pet snakes to Chicago to use them in a battle between hillbillies and mobsters.
Next of Kin
Once Upon a Time in America (Extended Director's Cut) (1984)

Shakespeare's Cleopatra commits suicide by snakebite.
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (2010)  

Medusa has a head full of snakes, that will turn you to stone if you look at them.
Percy Jackson
The Perils of Pauline (1914) 

A Gypsy woman hides a snake under flowers in a basket and gives it to a woman hoping it will bite her and kill her. Her boyfriend finds it and whips it to death.
The Perils of Pauline
Phobia (1980) 

A man being treated for his fear of snakes by being forced to touch them is murdered by rattlesnake bite.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Blackbeard's daughter picks up a venomous snake and puts its fangs in Jack Sparrow's face, but leaves him unharmed.
Pirates of the Caribbean Screenshot
The Player (1992) 

An angry guy leaves a rattlesnake post card in a mailbox and a real one in an SUV.
The Player
Posse from Hell (1961) 

A group of murdering escaped convicts leave a woman they kidnapped tied up next to a rattlesnake.
Posse From Hell
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

An evil assasin can control snakes to use them as weapons.
Prince of Persia
Race With the Devil (1975) 

Rattlesnakes are put inside a Winnebago to kill some unhappy campers.
Race With the Devil
The Resurrection of Jake The Snake (2015)

A broken down wrestler, who used snakes in the ring against his opponents, fights addiction and physical decripitude.
Jake The Snake
River's End (2005)

A boy listens to his high school science teacher talk about poisonous snakes used as weapons, learning that "Poisonous snakes have been used throughout history as weapons to kill. Placed in strategic locations at certain times they have been known to be quite effective. They've also been used as watchdogs or sentinels. You put one in your safe, no one's gonna steal the family jewels."

After that some boys bully him with a snake in his face then they put it down his pants.

Later, when the boy is put in a situation where he needs something to subdue two bad men, he catches a rattlesnake and hides it in a bag to be used as a weapon to bite a man on his face and kill him. And it works. (The other man is wounded by a scorpion put in his boot.)
River's End Screenshot

River's End Screenshot

River's End Screenshot
Shadow of the Hawk (1976) 

The ghost of a Native American shaman dances around with a deadly snake then uses her magic to send it to another shaman to bite him.
Shadow of the Hawk
Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)

Sherlock Holmes finds a hidden compartment with a priceless necklace guarded by a snake.
Shotgun (1955) 

Apaches tie a man to the stakes with rawhide that slowly tightens, pulling him closer to a rattlesnake tied to a stake near his head.
Shotgun Stories (2007)

A man uses a Cottonmouth to kill a dog that belongs to his half brother, and doing so, escalates a family feud to violence and bloodshed.
Shotgun Stories
Snakes (aka Fangs) (1974)  

An old snake collector kills off his enemies with venomous snakes that he throws at them.
Soldier (1998) 

A supersoldier is left for dead on a planet used as a garbage dump that's also filled with dangerous snakes. He throws an enemy soldier into a huge pit filled with snakes to kill him.
The Speckled Band (1931) 

Sherlock Holmes solves a mystery involving a venomous snake used to kill a woman.
The Speckled Band
Sssssss (1973)

A mad scientist kills his enemies with Black Mambas and giant pythons.
Stanley (1972)  

Tim uses his pet rattlesnake Stanley to kill people on his command.
The Tall Texan (1953) 

A man shoots a rattlesnake, then picks it up and uses it to whip another man.
The Tall Texan
Texas Across the River (1966) 

A Comanche medicine man plans to kill a woman with rattlesnakes in a death ceremony.
Texas Across The River
The Thief of Bagdad (1924) 

A snake kept inside an orb on top of a scepter is used as a murder weapon.
Thief of Baghdad
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

An exotic dancer finishes her snake dance by putting the boa constrictor's head in her mouth.
The 2 Faces of Dr. Jekyll
Virgin Sacrifice (Fury of the Jungle) (1959)

Snakes are shown realistically as a normal part of the Central American jungle, but they're also used absurdly as weapons thrown into a snake pit to kill someone.
3 Idiots
We're No Angels (1955) 

Three escaped convicts carry around a pet viper that kills people.
We're No Angels
White Line Fever (1975)  

Greedy corporate bosses try to kill an independent trucker by putting a rattlesnake in his truck.
White Line Fever
Wild Cactus (1993) 

A man stranded in the desert puts a rattlesnake in a bag. He makes it back home then tells his kidnapper he can find what he wants in the bag. End of kidnapper.
Wild Cactus
Wind Across the Everglades (1958)

An outlaw poacher named Cottonmouth carries a pet venomous snake in his pocket that he thows at people when he needs them to die of "natural causes."
Wind Across the Everglades
Women in Cages (1971) 

A woman tries to kill her cellmate with a snake she finds crawling through the bars of their prison window.
Women In Cages
Yellowneck (1955)

Civil War Confederate soldier deserters hike through the Florida Everglades where they encounter snakes, including a "nest" of rattlesnakes whose only purpose seems to be hanging around waiting to kill them. One man terrorizes another man who is afraid of snakes with a harmless rat snake.

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