A Guide to the Amphibians
and Reptiles of California

Snakes In Movies

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Snakes in Movies
Lizards in Movies
Turtles in Movies
Amphibians in Movies
Alligators and Crocodiles
in Movies
Snake Face
All Movie Snakes
Must Die!
All Movie Snakes
Want to Kill You!
Snake Bites
Snakes Used
as Weapons
Giant Monster Snakes with a Taste
for Human Flesh
Pet Snakes
Snakes Used
to Shock Us
Dancing With Snakes
Snake Charmers
Snake People
Snakes Used Realistically
Snakes Used for
Food or Medicine
Snake Fights
Throwing and
Whipping Snakes
Black Mambas
Boas, Pythons,
and Anacondas

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Jaws of Satan (aka King Cobra) (1981)
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"And the angel seized the serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years ... after that he must be loosed for a little while."
Revelations 20:2,3"
This movie was better than I thought it would be, but my expecations were not very high. It's confused about what it wants to be and who is the hero. It's part nature-run-amok with a herpetologist hero and part possessed-demon run amok with an exorcising priest. The priest, whose witch-killing Irish ancestors were cursed by druids long ago, is chased by a King Cobra that escapes from a carnival train after becoming possessed by Satan. The cobra causes the local rattlesnakes to start biting everybody in the small Alabama town where the priest works. After seeing the horrible effects of the cobra's bites, a cute young female doctor calls in a cute young male herpetologist from another town. He saves her from the rattlesnake in her bed, then takes the snake's place. The corrupt town mayor and his corrupt business associate try to cover up the disaster so the opening of their dog track won't be spoiled. Along the way we have some of the usual cliches - a snake in a woman's bathtub, teenagers at the local make-out spot attacked by snakes, and plenty of innocent people getting snake bit, including a naive child snakebite victim (a 10-year-old Christina Applegate - the Mayor's daughter, of course.)

The snakes in this movie are all real, although one that is supposedly shot in the head is apparently either already dead or maybe some kind of fake with some spurting-blood effects added. Congratulations are in order for the use of Eastern Diamond-backed Rattlesnakes and other local snakes, and for actually having the actors interact with them. The herpetologist even picks up apparently live rattlesnakes. Even the King Cobra was filmed in the same location as the actors in at least one scene (with glass between them as protection.) But thumbs down for perpetuating the usual negative images of agressive snakes that only want to bite and kill people and for showing harmless snakes as killers.

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