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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Venom (1981)
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"The mystery of "The Birds", The danger of "Psycho", The evil of "The Omen", The terror of "Jaws", Now, the ultimate in suspense."
"Kidnappers terrify... black mambas kill!"

This is one of those rare bad snake movies with good actors and good production values. The plot is weak but creates enough tension that you both fear the mamba and root for it to kill the creeps. The live Black Mambas used were real snakes from the London Zoo.

A young boy from a rich family goes to pick up an African House snake he ordered at an exotic pet store in London, but he is given a box with a Black Mamba instead. A simple mixup, happens every day. The mamba was meant to go to the London Institute of Toxicology but they got the house snake. Meanwhile, this is the day the maid and the chauffeur decided to bring in Klaus Kinski to kidnap the boy. You know by now exactly what is going to happen to everybody. The snake escapes and we see lots of "mamba cam" views of it crawling through the metal heating ducts, making those flat-tire hissing sounds. The people are trapped in the house with a police blockade outside and a bloodthirsty flesh-crazed ultra-venomous monster crawling around inside.  And beside Klaus Kinski, there's also the snake. The snake overacts, as they usually do, lunging again and again with its mouth wide open showing huge fangs and sounding like air being let out of a balloon. We learn lots of fun mamba facts from the venom expert at the zoo who says the Black Mamba is " the fastest snake in the world. They're capable of launching themselves bodily 10 to 15 feet through the air. They strike so fast that nobody could possibly get away." And that even with anti-venim there's only a 50/50 chance of the victim living.
Do the good guys live and the bad guys all die? Sorry, no spoilers here.

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