Don E. FauntLeRoy
David C. Olsen
“With the only surviving baby Anaconda in his possession, Murdoch looks like he will finally get the life-saving sure he desperately needs; however when the snake escapes and reveals that it has unparalleled healing capabilities, it’s up to Dr Amanda Hayes to eradicate the Anaconda once and for all.”
- Crystal Allen – Dr Amanda Hayes
- John Rhys-Davies – Murdoch
- Linden Ashby – Jackson
- Danny Midwinter – Pinkus
- Calin Stanciu – Nick
- Ana Ularu – Heather
- 12 Days of Terror – John Rhys-Davies
- Anaconda 3: Offspring – Don E FlauntLeRoy, David C. Olsen, Crystal Allen, John Rhys-Davies
- Dragon Storm – John Rhys-Davies
- Flu Bird Horror – Calin Stanciu
- Grizzly 2 – John Rhys-Davies
- Sabretooth – John Rhys-Davies
In a series of increasingly unnecessary sequels Anaconda 4 is the most unnecessary film yet, offering absolutely nothing new but managing to be far more entertaining than its predecessors.
With the only surviving baby Anaconda in his possession, Murdoch (Rhys-Davies) looks like he will finally get the life-saving sure he desperately needs; however when the snake escapes and reveals that it has unparalleled healing capabilities, it’s up to Dr Amanda Hayes (Allen) to eradicate the Anaconda once and for all.
Once again the Anaconda has undergone a re-design and this time it’s definitely for the better, the snake’s skin is a much lighter tone and the head has an awesomely cartoonish look to it with huge expressive eye ridges and much larger teeth. The Anaconda looks really cool and there’s plenty of clear shots of the snake and even a few wide-angle shots of the snake swallowing people whole. The new trick with the Anaconda this time is that it has ridiculously powerful healing capabilities that effectively make it unkillable.
Unlike Anaconda 3, this one actually has a progressing plot which follows three intertwining groups: Blondie scientist from the last film wants to destroy the Blood Orchids, Big Baddie hires a group of mercenaries hired to kill Blondie and a team of archaeologists effectively become the new main characters and go through the whole ‘Bwah! Giant Snakes?!’ routine.
The acting is on the whole a lot better with Allen doing better as an action hero, Emil Hostina adds a campy but intimidating edge to his mercenary leader and the main archaeologists (Linden Ashby, Danny Midwinter and Ana Ularu) are all convincing actors who give decent performances. However the only redeeming factor of Anaconda 3, John Rhy-Davies, gets very little screen time this time around which is a massive shame.
To its credit, Anaconda manages to wrap up a lot of the loose ends of the franchise whilst only succumbing to a few leaps in logic or plot holes, most revolving around the Blood Orchid serum that induces immortality.
Silly and campy and as far away from the theatrical, big budget gloss of Anaconda 1, the final instalment of the Anaconda series makes for a fun, enjoyable and slightly forgettable adventure.