Killer Snakes, The - DVD - Image Entertainment
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Tuesday, 29 April 2014
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The Killer Snakes on DVD from Image Entertainment on Severed Cinema
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AKA: She sha shou, Se sat sau, As Serpentes do Mal, Killer Snakes... The Hiss of Death

Directed by:
Chih-Hung Kuei
Written by:
Kuang Ni
Produced by:
Runme Shaw
Cinematography by:
Chi Yu
Editing by:
Hsing-lung Chiang
Music by:
Yung-Yu Chen
Special Effects by:
Hsu-Ching Wu
Cast:
Kam Kwok-Leung, Lin Lin Li, Hao Chen, Chun Chen, Shao-Liang Chen
Year:
1974
Country:
Hong Kong
Language:
Mandarin
Color:
Color
Runtime:
1h 39min

Distributor: Image Entertainment

The Shaw Brothers, bless them, known to be the name above a legion of period piece fighting films, made cheap and made on a conveyor belt (almost). Run Run Shaw is also famous for overlooking a slightly built man looking to break into star movies called, Bruce Lee. No idea what happened to him. Of course the Shaw Brothers were out to make money, and like any good exploitation company, they grabbed a few taboo subject films and ran (ha ha) with them. Seeding of a Ghost, Sex Beyond the Grave, Lost Souls, Black Magic, the infamous Bamboo House of Dolls and this one, The Killer Snakes.

With lashings of BDSM, and the fact that nearly every female cast member ends up naked, tied and beaten at some point or other, welcome to the East.

We open with a young boy, Chen, listening to his prostitute mother being whipped by a belt wielding trick in the next room. Chen plays with his snake.... No, not that one, a real snake. As Chen grows up he's the kind of lad with a target on his back for bad luck and bullies. Living near a reptile house where customers drink liquidated snake gall bladders, in a battered shack, he longs for the girl working across the road at a market stall, Lin. Our first introduction to Chen grownup, is a gangster kicking the hell outta him for accidently falling into his woman. Afterwards he lays bleeding on his bed staring up at loads of images depicting nude tied up women abused, as fantasies pass through his head.

Lin takes pity on him, “He's a poor kid, everyone bullies him,” she tells a customer. Chen meanwhile takes a job 10am to 11pm, “No food provided, four hundred a month!” One night a snake minus gall bladder slithers into his shack. Chen treats the snake, talking kindly as if to a child. “I mean, a snake’s life is just as important as a humans. Isn't that right? You seem to understand me.”

Time passes and the snake heals. Chen names the snake Su and one night it leads him to a nest of wounded snakes waiting to be stitched and looked after. It seems that Chen and the mass of snakes are developing a psychic bond. After being robbed of his first wages by a prostitute and a gang of thugs (they strip him whilst a silent crowd of onlookers watch), something inside him changes.

With some of his surviving money he invites Lin out to a Shaw Brothers film, Pearl Jade and he gets the tickets. Unbeknownst to him, her father has taken ill and dies. He sits alone on the steps, in a daze. Lin is shattered, but wait until you hear her sympathetic landlady. “So what your dad is dead, that's no excuse! When you gonna pay me?” Chen trashes her stall late into the night in a rage. His dreams of BDSM and hurting women increases.

After visiting the vile stereotypical whore, the same gang attacks, but a cobra leaps from his pocket to defend him. Chen instructs his friend to attack them all as they frantically try to escape. Afterwards, carrying the cobra he surveys their corpses and finds the prostitute still alive. He takes her home, strips her, gags her and ties her to the bed, licking and nipping her. Chen has a snake slide inside her as she moans in a mix of terror, pain and pleasure, until it's too much and she screams through the gag in agony. More snakes cover her as he remembers his mother being beaten.

Once she is dead Chen breaks the wall to the reptile shop and frees his new army. It's Willard with snakes!! There's a sympathetic feel for the way Chen bonds with his friends but it cannot cushion the obvious mistreatment of reptiles in the film. Bladders cut out, snakes being cut in half and burnt, quite sickening in parts. On a level with Italian cannibal flicks and Any Which Way But Loose for cruelty.

The owner of the reptile shop comes over exposing the thefts, and after attacking Chen, discovers her body. A long fight occurs until Chen's army attacks. The snake abuser ends up in a pit filled with wriggling sliding revenge driven snakes.

Brief comic relief comes as Chen tries to dispose of his corpse with all manners of mishaps. Afterwards, news reports reveal three dead men amongst others found bitten by snakes. A friend tells Chen about Lin becoming a 'dancer' who “cuddles up to men” to pay her bills. Chen is like: “Shut up!” in horror. Later he overhears a conversation about her and sees her drunk so totally loses it.

Much chasing, snakes and nude BDSM follows -- including a rather weak scene involving iguanas and unshaven female armpits, as they scratch her body mildly. The Killer Snakes is an excuse for hard rope torture and slithering slimy snakes and like I said, every woman is tied, slapped about, or used for rough sex. What more can I say?

Image Entertainment have unleashed this bad boy fully uncut. In the early seventies the Shaw Brothers were riding high, pushing the limits and making a lot of cash for their troubles.

Director Chih-Hung Kuei co-directed Enter the Seven Virgins with German director, Ernst Hofbauer of Schoolgirl Report fame, as well as Corpse Mania. He laps up the scenes with great gusto. Kam Kwok-Leung gives Chen a high dosage of conviction as a lonely outsider who is misunderstood.

The Killer Snakes is shot stylishly using bright colors, almost Argento in its fashion, with lots of close ups. Sequences of snakes on the attack are cool but watch for the 1 hour 25 minute mark, where a snake gets thrown across a slippery floor by a crew member. Delirious blasting Drive-In music bangs out and there's also a fair bit of blood to be seen.

Extras are basically around thirty one trailers, including Bells of Death, Human Lanterns, and China Heat, plus a stills gallery. You can have it dubbed or subtitled.

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The Killer Snakes Screenshot on Severed Cinema

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The Killer Snakes Screenshot on Severed Cinema

The Killer Snakes Screenshot on Severed Cinema

The Killer Snakes Screenshot on Severed Cinema

The Killer Snakes Screenshot on Severed Cinema

The Killer Snakes Screenshot on Severed Cinema

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 DVD SPECS:
 Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
 Region: NTSC R1
 Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0, 5.1


 SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:
 - Stills Gallery
 - Trailers

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