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Anaconda 3: Offspring (2008) and Anacondas: Trail of Blood (2009)
A mercenary-for-hire accepts a mission from a billionaire to capture some
dangerous snakes that could possibly help cure a terminal illness. (Anaconda 3: OffSpring) A genetically-created Anaconda that can regenerate itself due to the Blood Orchid has escaped and must be stopped before it wrecks havoc. (Anacondas: Trail of Blood)
REVIEW: With SyFy's upcoming airing of Lake
Placid vs Anaconda I figured I'd try my hand at covering all the
other SyFy sequels from both series' leading up to this killer animal
mash-up, obviously excluding the three larger-budget theatrical
entries in the series (the first Lake Placid and the first two
Anaconda movies). But for those dying to know my thoughts on those
ones (I know I know, all two of you), I will just say that I
personally love all three, with Lake Placid being my top favorite,
followed closely by Anaconadas: Hunt for the Blood Orchid, and lastly
the first Anaconda.
Now, SyFy has had it's hand in plenty
of other big killer snake movies over the years, many of which I've
also enjoyed immensely (Python 1 and 2, Boa, Boa vs Python, Mega
Snake, and Asylum's Mega Python vs Gatoroid just to name a few). So
what sets Anaconda 3: Offspring and Anacondas: Trail of Blood (also
known as Anaconda 4: Trail of Blood in parts of the world) apart from
those ones, you may ask? Sadly, nothing at all. To the point where
they almost fit better as a Python or Boa sequel than they do an
Anaconda one, simply for the fact that the snakes in these entries
are genetically-engineered and enhanced to include unnatural
abilities such as a scythe-like tail and near-instant regeneration –
something that would be much more in-line with the Boa or Python
movies but feels really tacky and out of place in an Anaconda sequel.
I actually prefer to not even think of these as Anaconda sequels so
much as just their own separate unrelated series, because that's
pretty much what they are anyway.
For instance, there's really no
relation or mention of anything whatsoever from the two theatrical
entries other than the use of the Blood Orchid flower from the second
movie, which is used again in these sequels and is essentially what
the main corporation in these are doing tests and experiments on in
order to create a 'Fountain of Youth' drug to help cure cancer and
other such diseases, something that the President of the corporation
(played wonderfully by Sliders Professor John Rhys-Davies) needs for
himself as he's dying from a rare disease and doesn't have much time
left. Something that works out good for the heroes of the movies
simply because he's essentially the main villain of these flicks and
as you can imagine, by the end of the second of these SyFy sequels he
gets exactly what's coming to him.
Other notable actors in these movies
alongside him is Crystal Allen as our main protagonist, who plays the
zoo keeper of sorts that looks after the ever-growing snakes for this
corporation and tags along with the team of mercenaries that gets
hired to track them down after they inevitably escape from the lab
and then, continuing into the second of the sequels, is on a
one-woman war against the corporation and tries to destroy the last
of their research and the last of their snakes before any further
harm can come to the residents that live in the area, in addition to B-Movie legend and
Baywatch star David Hasselhoff as a rogue mercenary that gets hired
by the corporation to hunt down the escaped snakes in Anaconda 3.
Oddly enough, The Hoff is pretty much the only interesting and truly
fun character across both movies, which makes it all the more
disappointing that he's only in the first of the two.
The plots of the movies themselves are
pretty mundane and generic as well, which combined with the lack of
interesting or fun-to-watch characters really makes it kind of a
chore to get through these movies, especially when watching them
back-to-back. Offspring had some pretty good potential at times,
mostly in the first chunk of the movie when the snakes initially
break free of their containments and are sneakily slithering around
the researching facility, killing any guard or poor employee that
they come across while the building is on lock-down. My first viewing
of the movie I thought that the majority of the film would deal with
this stuff, and I was A-Ok with that; I LOVE killer animal B-Movies
that deal with people trapped in a dimly-lit building or compound
with the creature-of-note lurking around and taking them out
one-by-one, but to my dismay this portion really only took up about
ten minutes of the movie, at most. After that the snakes break free
out into the nearby forest and it's essentially just another generic
'soldiers hunt down killer animal in the woods' SyFy movie with
little to no plot and, as mentioned above, no real interesting or fun
characters to follow aside from The Hoff, who doesn't even really
show up to join in the hunt until halfway through the movie. I
thought that maybe Trail of Blood would prove more
entertaining in that area, and while it's true that it's slightly
(only slightly) better due to some well-staged attack and death
scenes and a couple more interesting set locations, overall it's
essentially the exact same movie just with a group of university
students stuck in the middle of everything, but on the flip side it
also has the absence of the Hoff around to cheese things up a bit.
As for the giant killer super-powered
anacondas that plague our characters across these two movies, the CGI
models for them in Offspring are just terrible, and they're
integrated so horribly with the actors and environments that it was
just painful to watch at times. Hell, the trees and foliage never
even move when the snakes move through them! There are times where it
almost seems like the snakes are actually ghost snakes with the way
they interact with the surrounding environments. I know SyFy Original
Movies usually don't have the best of CGI effects, especially when it
comes to them interacting with things, and honestly that's usually
one of the cheesy aspects I enjoy about their movies, but in this one
there was nothing fun or cheesy about it - it really was that
painfully bad. Luckily though they stepped it up a bit for Trail of
Blood. Still not quite to the level I would prefer, even with these
kinds of movies, but certainly better than in Offspring, and it also
helps that the design itself of the snake looks a lot more unique and
interesting in Trail of Blood than the design of the ones featured in
Offspring. And while I bagged earlier on the fact that they, for some
reason, felt the need to give these snakes special powers, I have to
admit that it did pave the way for some rather fun and bloody death
scenes (the sickle-tail is only present on the snakes in the first of
these movies while the regeneration was present only on the snake in
the second of these movies, but the snake in the second still got
some really fun kills in, including one decapitation-by-squeezing).
I guess for those B-Movie SyFy Original fans that are only looking for some mindless admittedly-fun-at-times killer snake action, they'll be able to enjoy Anaconda 3: Offspring and Anacondas: Trail of Blood far more than I did, but for me personally, Hoffman and some pretty fun kills aside, I had a rough time making it through both of these movies, especially where I watched them back-to-back. With that said, the second of these movies was ever so slightly easier to sit through just because the snake design and CGI effects were a bit better than in the previous one, making the scenes featuring the animal a bit more entertaining and easier to get into, plus without all the sickle-tail deaths it felt a little more like a traditional Anaconda movie (well, regeneration aside, that is).
Although now that I think about it, the titles of these movies themselves in fact make little to no sense. 'Anaconda' 3: Offspring features multiple snakes while on the flip side 'Anacondas': Trail of Blood features only the one snake. I honestly can't think of any reason as to why they went that route with the titles, instead of just switching them, or simply do what some other countries in the world did and just call the fourth one Anaconda 4.
4/10 Rooms in the Psych Ward (Anaconda 3: Offspring)
4/10 Rooms in the Psych Ward (Anacondas: Trail of Blood)
After killing her stepfather in self-defense, Anna Nix is sent to a juvenile detention center. As she struggles to survive in a world of girl gangs and predatory guards, kind-hearted Anna must fight her dark side to stay above the fray.
REVIEW: While still technically on my
self-imposed Christmas Break from this blog, Asylum-Regular Jared
Cohn (director of such Asylum classics as 12/12/12, Hold Your Breath,
and one of my personal favorites Attack from Beneath, aka Atlantic Rim) asked if I would be interested in receiving a screener copy of
his latest film for that company for early review, Jailbait (also referred to as simply as 17 & Life, or even 17 and Life: Jailbait) so of course I jumped at the
chance. Unfortunately that was before I was plagued by a seemingly a
never-ending stream of computer and Internet issues which prevented
me from watching the movie or updating my blog for almost a month, but now with all those
issues sorted out I was finally able to sit down and give thi…
A single dad cop in a small town and his female partner are called to
the scene of the death of a mean recluse. Shortly after, a number of bizarre deaths around town begin to occur at the hands of a big supernatural disfigured monster that is actually a
demonic form of Cain, of Cain and Abel of the bible, who has needed a
"brother" to be his keeper ever since he killed Abel, and now that his previous keeper has died, he's free to search for someone worthy of being his new "brother".
REVIEW: It was really interesting to see SyFy tackle a different beast (so to
speak) with Boogeyman, opting to go instead with a slower,
atmospheric, supernatural teen slasher style movie as opposed to their usual fare of
killer animals, giant monsters, and global disasters. Sure, since this movie originally aired in 2012 they've done many more similar style movies, with varying degrees of success, with Haunted High (aka Ghostquake), American Horror House (aka Sorority Horr…
A documentary that chronicles the similar disappearances of five
children in the wilds of North America, across multiple decades.
REVIEW:Missing 411 is a documentary made by David Paulides, a very interesting man, trying to find the answers to some incredibly interesting cases. He's a retired police detective,
and his research into mysterious unsolved disappearances in state parks
and wooded areas, that are all strange and all have certain aspects that
match up with one another, across the U.S., and the entire world in
fact, is some of the most disturbing, spine-tingling, and creepy stuff
you'll come across in the fortean world. Listening to his interviews on
Coast to Coast AM and podcasts like Generation Why, Mysterious Universe,
etc have kept me up late many, many times, just laying in bed
after listening to said interviews, with my mind just racing and lights left on.
This documentary is a great starting point for those not overly familiar
with his work. It only f…
Company: The Asylum Runtime: 90 mins Format: BluRay Plot: Using breakthrough flesh-regeneration technology, a biotech firm creates a collection of living dinosaurs. But when the creatures escape and terrorize Los Angeles, a retired firefighter must rescue his teenage daughter from the chaos brought on by this new Age of Dinosaurs. Review: Age of Dinosaurs is the movie that Dinosaur Week here on the B-Movie Shelf has been leading up to. Since I had already covered all of my personal collection of some of the more classic dinosaur B-Movies in the past, such as TheCarnosaur Trilogy,Raptor, The Eden Formula, and a previous Asylum dino movie 100 Million B.C, I opted to do all recent ones such as Area 407, The Dinosaur Project, Jurassic Attack, and now Asylum's newest release, Age of Dinosaurs. It's no secret that I've gone on many rants in the last year or so about the over-abundance of killer shark movies in the B-Movie realm in the last decade, and I was ho…
Passengers and crew on an international flight are attacked by unseen forces that threaten all aboard. As they fight to stay alive, they start to realize that these are actually the spirits of murdered girls determined to stop their killer on board who will do anything to remain free. REVIEW:Even though Age of Dinosaurs and Zoombies are
probably still my personal top favorite Asylum movies, Flight 666 is
quite possibly The Asylum's best-made film to date. I probably still
wouldn't recommend it to people that are not already Asylum fans or SyFy
Original Movie type of fans, but for those that are like me and really
genuinely love these types of low budget movies this one really
The directing was great, with the background music
right up there alongside it, always setting the mood perfectly. The
acting from everyone in this was top notch stuff for Asylum and never
once took me out, and the special effects were quite well-done.
Company: Recreator Labs Runtime: 90 mins Format: Screener Plot: Three teenagers stumble upon a secret laboratory while on a camping trip and encounter superior
clones of themselves. Duplicates; Doubles; Recreations; they are exact copies of Craig, Tracy and Derek, and the teenagers are no match for their physically
stronger, faster, and all-around better selves. Their only hope is to outwit them and
to escape before they are replaced.
Review: Alongside a screener for Attack of the Herbals, I was also sent another screener by MTI Home Video for a movie
they recently distributed here in The U.S and Canada titled Cloned:
The Recreator Chronicles, a movie I had heard nothing about before
seeing this screener, but was pretty excited to check out based on
just the title alone - after all, I always love me some clone action!
This one starts off with a group of
fun-loving teens going camping in the woods one weekend and during a
really bad storm have to seek shelter in a…
Zombie animals rise up yet again in a new animal preserve, threatening those who work there, and the world! REVIEW: The first Zoombies is one of my personal favorite Asylum movies,
right behind Age of Dinosaurs, Triassic World, and 6-Headed Shark Attack, so suffice to say I was pretty excited when Asylum sent me a
screener copy of Zoombies 2 to review, which up until about a week ago I
didn't even know was coming out.
For the most
part, this movie is entirely stand alone from the first movie, save for one short scene towards the end that ties it directly in (I won't spoil that scene here, but it was definitely an unexpected and fun one). This movie takes place at a entirely
different animal preserve from the first, and deals with poachers that break in to
hunt the animals, except one of the poison darts they use isn't poison
but the formula discovered in the first movie, unleashing the animal
zombie virus upon this place, causing the surviving poachers and park
As mass of solar storms causes tsunamis, volcanoes, and flooding, a
city-dwelling family attempts to flee to the relative safety of a group
of high-elevation caves several miles away.
REVIEW: There's two things that Asylum pumps out faster than you can blink - mockbusters and Natural Disaster movies, with the generically-titled End of the World being the latest of the latter.
If you've seen one Asylum-made Natural Disaster movie you've pretty much seen them all, as they're all essentially the exact same movie just with different actors and a few minor details different - a family that doesn't quite all get along, of which one member is a scientist warning about the impending disaster with nobody listening to them, have to make their way through destroyed cities to reunite with one another, with disasters happening every few minutes, and then eventually get to a safe zone. They are pretty much all literally the exact same.
PLOT: To save the world, Aladdin must wager everything to get an evil Djinn back into its lamp before it can open a Gateway that will unleash thousands of its kind.
REVIEW: With my recent new-found love for classic fairy tales (thanks solely to being addicted to the new ABC show Once Upon A Time), I've been eating up these fairy tale B-Movies this year (Gretl: Witchslayer, Black Forest, Grimm's Snow White, ect), and out of all those classic fairy tales, Aladdin is easily my favorite. So when I heard SyFy was doing their own Aladdin-themed movie titled Aladdin and the Death Lamp, of course I got excited to watch and review it, even though I was also a bit worried, knowing how some of their movies tend to turn out.
Right off the bat, Aladdin and the Death Lamp does an excellent job with combining 'fantasy fairy tale' (giant killer beasties, mystical amulets, and the magic of the Djin…
This is a new section here on the B-Movie Shelf that I hope will be recurring from time to time. This one will be to showcase and bring back into the public eye long-forgotten B-Movies that most likely haven't even had an official release outside of out-of-print VHS tapes. This first entry is a doozy from my childhood, and is a little ditty called Adventures in Dinosaur City:
Back in the early to mid 1990's, the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies were all the rage and there were constantly other companies trying to find their own ways to cash in on their success (the excellent animated TV shows Street Sharks and Biker Mice From Mars being chief among them). Of all these, my absolute favorite had to have been Adventures in Dinosaur City, a one-off stand-alone movie that the rest of the world has long-since forgotten, but I still have fond memories of watching and re-watching over and over in my childhood. To the point where even though it's been just about 20 y…