Nightmare from Snake
Hong Kong 2003
Directed by James Ha.

Where there's a will, there's a way, to get drug smuggling into any plot. Reminiscent of the Taiwanese hopping vampire film KUNG FU VAMPIRE BUSTER, in which a group of men are disguised as hopping vampires as a way to smuggle cocaine, this movie has drugs smuggled from China inside snakes. Snake catcher Ken Wong wants to put a stop to the action, but the drug dealers frame him for the murder of his cop friend (Emily Kwan). The only witness is a snake, who abruptly turns into a young woman at roughly the halfway point. There is one special effect in the entire picture, when toward the end she frightens the bad guy with a cheesy snake face/woman face morphing effect. Actor/Director/Producer James Ha, who also plays one of the baddies, is fully responsible for this uninteresting and slow paced entry in the Snake Woman genre. On the Tai Seng DVD, a brief scene from a Cat-III movie suddenly cuts in at around the 30 minute mark, a woman in a shower, followed by a couple on a bed. No faces are visible so it's impossible to say where the clip came from. It definitely isn't part of NIGHTMARE FROM SNAKE. How it ended up on the DVD is anyone's guess.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on September 08, 2004.

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