Movie: Mega Snake (Sci Fi Channel)
Premiere Date: Saturday, August 25th, 2007
Rating: 1 out of 4 Stars
Quick Synopsis: Don’t let it out, don’t let it feed on anything living, but if you do, don’t fear the heart of the snake.
Long Synopsis: A boy loses his father to a deadly snakebite and grows up to fear snakes and, well, a whole lot of other things as well. Now, in present day, his moronic brother has stolen a dangerous snake from a Native American snake dealer. When he doesn’t heed the rules, the snake gets out, it feeds on live people and everyone is afraid of it, it starts to grow and grow and threatens the whole town. It is up to our young frightened boy, now a reluctant man to save the day when the giant snake starts to wreak havoc at the annual county fair. He will have to face his fear, to rescue the town and the woman he loves.
Review: Mega Snake is one of those cheesy Sci Fi Saturday Original Movies. It stars Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1) as the hero of the story and features just about every cliché this type of movie can muster.
From dueling backwoods dwellers, to the stupidly cocky sheriff, the good girl ex-girlfriend, the hero that can’t get his life together, the town floozy, the mayor that won’t hear of canceling the fair, the snake bait deputies, and too many more to mention are all there for your viewing pleasure.
As well, the dialogue is lackluster and pedestrian. Even the heroes sound like idiots. The actors did what they could with the material given, but as the title implies, the movie is really about watching a giant and fast growing snake devour the town’s populace.
And, that is the saving grace for Mega Snake, the special effects. Well, I am partially guessing, as the review copy was an unfinished version. But, the pieces where the snake f/x were completed, looked pretty good.
The other good news is for fans of Who Wants to Be a Superhero? Feedback, the season one winner, makes an appearance at the county fair to talk to the children about electrical safety. He even gets a couple of whacks in on the giant snake and saves a few of the kids. Although, if you were hoping for a lot of Feedback, then you will be disappointed, as he only appears for about two minutes.
So, if you are home this Saturday night, August 25th, with nothing to do, but watch TV, then Mega Snake might be an option for you to check out. I mean, what else are you going to watch on a Saturday night? If you do, come back and let us know what you think of Sci Fi Channel’s latest original movie.