Most of us has a deep-seeded inherent fear of snakes and for that reason, Hollywood has made good use of them in all kinds of movies, from horror to comedy and everything in between. They come in all sizes and numbers and show up in the the most surprising ways. Have you seen them all? In case you haven’t, today’s Here’s 5 are slithering snake movie moments to get you started.
One thing that remains true in all films is that there is no honor among thieves. Or deadly viper assassination squads. In Part II of this epic tale, the members of the crew who attempted to kill Beatrix (Uma Thurman) face terrible vengeance, but this time, one turns on the other as Elle (Daryl Hannah) enacts a bit of her vengeance upon Budd (Michael Madsen), loading a case of cash with a highly venomous black mamba. We get to learn some killer snake facts, though.
In an expedition into the deepest parts of the Amazon River jungle, a documentary film crew, led by Terri Flores (Jennifer Lopez), encounter a strange man who insists the area in inhabited by giant snakes. Turns out he's right and now it's a fight for life as the snakes hunt down the fleeing people, chasing them farther into the jungle. A silly monster monster movie made fun by some great performances and good visual effects. Read more here.
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
One of Arnold Schwarzenegger's first big screen successes seems tailor-made for the muscular actor, playing the fearsome and savage swordsman. In this classic moment, he and some friends break into the Tower of Serpents where a huge jewel called the Eye of the Serpent is guarded by an enormous python, a god that is worshiped by a snake cult led by the vile Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones). One big snake meets one big barbarian.
The Jungle Book (2016)
The newest on the this list, the giant jungle snake Kaa (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) doesn't have much screen time but is a formidable presence as the young Mowgli (Neel Seth) runs into her lair and is soon hypnotized her he trancelike voice. He then has a vision of his father giving his life to protect the boy from the dangerous Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba), a nasty tiger seeking revenge on man and determined to kill the boy. Ssssimply spooky.
Raiders of the Lost ark (1981)
What kind of snake list would it be without perhaps the most memorable of them all. As Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) searches for the fabled Ark of the Covenant, he ends up outside of Cairo and discovers the underground catacomb called The Well of Souls. Captured by the villain and his henchmen, Indy and his lady friend Marion (Karen Allen) are cast into the pit, which is covered end to end in vicious, venomous serpents. Indy hates snakes.
From Dusk till Dawn (1996)
And here's a BONUS. After two fugitive bank robbers Seth (George Clooney) and Richie Gecko (Quentin Tarantino) escape the FBI and take a small family hostage, they stop at a strip bar in Mexico where the star of the show is Santanico Pandemonium (Selma Hayek), a sexy woman who dances with big snake. Oh, and she and everyone else at the club are vampires who attack, bite, and turn most others into blood suckers like them. Still, can't beat that dance.