Halloween feature 50 days, 50 slays! Day 41 to go! Slithering Slasher! ANACONDA

Way back in 1998, I was a far younger man. I was also dating a woman who loved snakes. So in my infinite wisdom, I took from the video shop I worked at ANACONDA. Ostensibly it was for the snakes. Really it was because I liked horror and J Lo’s bum. Hey, its a human trait and without it, you wouldn’t be here. On finishing this American film, set in the depths of Brazil and starring some mega quality (aside from Jennifer Lopez, you have Ice Cube, Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz, Jonathan Hyde and Owen Wilson) I was sold. the story is light on the ground. A documentary film crew are in the region looking for the ‘whisper people’ or Shirishamas to the natives.


Director Terri Flores (J Lo), cameraman Danny Rich (Ice Cube) will be taking a group and trekking along the Amazon River. The group is solid production manager Denise (Kari Wuhrer) makes sure of this. She has her boyfriend and sound engineer Gary (Owen Wilson) onboard, talent Warren Westridge (Jonathan Hyde) and anthropologist Professor Steven Cale (Eric Stoltz) along to verify the docs work. When however skipper Mateo (Vincent Castellanos) encounter a stranded Paraguayan snake hunter called Paul (Jon Voight), it leads to a deadly battle of wills between a fearsome anaconda and a poacher.


Luis Llosa directed something like 8 films. His best films have something in common. Well two things in common. They are functional genre films and they star substantive actors. He nails the first and gives room to the second. Enough room that an anaconda can that is. But we could also attribute the films success to a solid script from three writers with a taste for the absurdly crazy monster feature. They get that the film is a pulpy, B movie snapper that makes it have bite.


In the additional bits and pieces of the disc, you get a solid selection of extras. Audio Commentary by Genre Expert Scott Harrison is filled to the brim with genre discourse about where this comes from, who stole that and why did this work so well. Slithery Story – Remembering the Effects of Anaconda: An Interview with SFX Supervisor Steve Johnson is brilliant. Johnson endears with his discussion on the CGI being second to his animatronic creature thing. All this allows the film to be a fun Halloween, with some extra content to keep you engaged into the night.


  • HD Transfer in Original 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • English DTS-HD MA 5.1
  • Audio Commentary by Genre Expert Scott Harrison
  • A Blockbuster with Bite – The Legacy of Anaconda: Interview with critic Kim Newman
  • Slithery Story – Remembering the Effects of Anaconda: An Interview with SFX Supervisor Steve Johnson
  • A Franchise With Fangs – Remembering the Anaconda Movies: Interview with Jonathan Melville (Author of Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors)
  • Squeeze Play – Producing Anaconda: Interview with Producer Leonard Rabinowitz
  • Original Theatrical Trailer






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