People go up river, big snake is very hungry. Guess what happens.Anaconda
—The NZ Listener's twelve-word review of Anaconda
is a 1997 monster movie with an All-Star Cast
ranging from Owen Wilson to Jon Voight
to Jennifer Lopez
to Ice Cube
on the hunt (in their own various ways) for the eponymous giant snake. Largely notable for Jon Voight as Paul Sarone, chewing up scenery
with a far greater appetite than any serpent could muster.
There were three sequels which oddly enough Arc Welded
itself across three movies:
- Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004): Which had a company sending a team into Borneo to find a flower that was supposedly the fountain of youth. Not surprisingly they have to contend with the numerous anacondas to get it.
- Anaconda 3: The Offspring (2008): In which one of the anacondas was captured and experimented on to find out its longevity. It escapes, breaks out its mate and goes on a rampage (made more deadly due to the fact that these anacondas have spear tails from the experiments...no we're not making that up) some mercenaries are sent to get it back. Notable for staring David Hassleholf
- Anacondas: Trail of Blood (2009): Which continues where 3 left off. The offspring of the previous anaconda is found and used to help make the flower. The anaconda breaks out once again while the employer from the last movie sends more mercenaries after the scientist who took the anaconda for his own to get the fountain of youth serum. All the while a previous character from the last movie is looking to destroy it. Yeah its just as confusing and convoluted as it sounds. Oh the snake can regenerate in this one.
The latter two movies were direct-to-video, and all three sequels are considered worse than the original. A fourth sequel which will also be a crossover with Lake Placid
will be released in 2014.
"Starred" in a RiffTrax
Live show on October 30, 2014.
Anaconda provides examples of:
Anaconda 3: The Offspring provides examples of:
Anacondas: Trail of Blood provides examples of:
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Humorously subverted by one of the characters. The giant snake is bearing down on him and bullets won't stop it, so be pulls the pins out of two grenades and screams, expecting the snake to swallow him and explode....but it just slithers away instead, leaving him to explode by himself.