Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Stargate SG-1 - Review of Michael Shanks' "Mega Snake"

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Review: Sci Fi's 'Mega Snake' a slithery Saturday night chiller

"Mega Snake" premieres Saturday, August 25 @ 9 PM ET/PT, on Sci Fi.

By April MacIntyre Aug 22, 2007, 19:54 GMT

The Sci Fi Channel has brought the chill and the thrill back to Saturday night, family friendly scary fare that harkens the days of Saturday night Chiller Theater or Tales from the Crypt (a PG-13 version).

“Mega Snake” is Sci Fi’s Saturday night original movie featuring a special appearance by “Feedback” (a.k.a. Matthew Atherton), last year’s winner on the hit Sci Fi original series “Who Wants to be a Superhero?” and stars Michael Shanks, of Stargate SG-1 fame.

Producer Boaz Davidson conjured up an interesting southern gothic yarn of two brothers and their parents, Pentecostal snake handlers in the Tennessee hills, and a crisis of faith moment during a snake handling service that renders the stricken father left to die in front of his family.

Cut to twenty years later, and the brothers are still at loggerheads.


Notable is the exceptional camera work of cinematographer Emil Topuzov and director Tibor Tak√°cs, and the beautiful Bulgarian countryside that the location manager scouted that does a good job mimicking the verdant American southeast.

Popcorn fun for the family, it will be too much scary slithery action for smaller kids, and people truly afraid of snakes should just wait for "Flash Gordon" or "Stargate: Atlantis."

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