Devil Snake Woman
Hong Kong Thailand 2002
Directed by Miu Kin Tak.

Diana Pang Dan and Sophie Ngan starring together in a Snake Woman film. How can it go wrong? Oh, let me count the ways! Shot on video and unsubtitled. A child medusa leads snakes against a group of tribal, spear-weilding hunters when they try to bring down a bear, and is knocked unconscious in the conflict. Some scientists take her to the village where they draw blood and test it in various ways. Meanwhile, a snake woman (Diana Pang Dan) senses the girl is in trouble and goes to rescue her. In the meantime, the little girl sheds her skin and grows-fast-into Sophie Ngan. She falls in love with her rescuer, but has a nasty habit of viciously killing everyone else around her.

The special effects of DEVIL SNAKE WOMAN are to be commended for their frugality. The bear in the opening hunting scene is so obviously a man in a bear costume that it is hilarious. The girls' head full of snakes is clearly pasted on (and none are actually moving). And when Sophie gets mad, she spits green venom that makes a man's eye pop out instantly and his entire face foam up like a bubble bath. And as usual, I couldn't find a disclaimer that "no snakes were harmed during the making of this film" -- not all of those limp, unmoving snakes appeared to be made of rubber.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on October 13, 2006.

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