Jack Epps Jr.
“A documentary crew soon find themselves in hot water when their stranded tour guide hijacks their National Geographic trip to further his obsession with hunting a giant anaconda.”
- Jennifer Lopez – Terri Flores
- Ice Cube – Danny Rich
- Jon Voight – Paul Serone
- Eric Stoltz – Dr Steven Cale
- Jonathan Hyde – Warren Westridge
- Owen Wilson – gary Dixon
- Kari Wuhrer – Denise Kalberg
- Danny Trejo – Poacher
- Vincent Castellanos – Mateo
- The Fly II – Eric Stoltz
- Eight Legged Freaks – Kari Wuhrer
- Anaconda 2 – Hans Bauer, Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr.
A suspenseful big-budget offering that sacrifices interesting characters to showcase some awesome snake animatronics and a fantastically crazy performance by Voight.
A documentary crew soon find themselves in hot water when their stranded tour guide hijacks their National Geographic trip to further his obsession with hunting a giant anaconda.
In retrospect, many things about this late-nineties horror flick seem almost unreal in today’s horror market. A creature feature with a budget of $45 million, an all-star cast and a theatrical release that managed to triple its budget at the box office. Crazy talk.
Anaconda (along with Lake Placid) served as an attempted revival to bring creature features back to the level of Jaws and whilst it failed spectacularly at being even close to Jaws’ levels of suspense or quality, the humour is great, the effects are better and Jon Voight is scarily intense.
The cast do a surprisingly bad job given their combined experience and their poor characterisation really causes the first act of the film to drag horribly. Technically, nothing is overly wrong with Anaconda as it’s shot perfectly well, everything looks pretty, the action is coherent and once they get to the jungle the events thankfully speed up to a decent pace.
The breaking point comes down to this, do you prefer the big budget, theatrical, all-star seriousness of Anaconda or do you prefer the $3 million budget, Syfy channel premiering campness of today’s creature features?