Giant Reticulated Python
Genetically-Enhanced Scarlet Boa Constrictor
Phillip J Roth
“Eccentric billionaire Broddick captures a giant reticulated Python with his business dream of bringing extreme big-game hunting to other mega-wealthy hunters. After the Python escapes from its convey, Broodick assembles a hunting party to track the snake down. At the same time however, the FBI enlist a genetically enhanced Scarlet Boa to seek out and kill the giant Python.”
- David Hewlett – Dr Emmett
- Jaime Bergman – Dr Monica Bonds
- Kirk B R Woller – Agent Sharpe
- Adam Kendrick – Broddick
- Angel Boris – Eve
- Griff Furst – James
- Arachnoquake – Griff Furst
- Basilisk: The Serpent King – Phillip J Roth, Chase Parker, Griff Furst
- Bats: Human Harvest – Phillip J Roth
- Boa – Phillip J Roth
- Copperhead – Phillip J Roth
- Dark Waters – Phillip J Roth
- Dragon Fighter – Phillip J Roth, Dean Cain
- Dragon Storm – Sam Wells, Angel Boris
- Ghost Shark – Griff Furst
- Lake Placid 2 – Phillip J Roth
- Lake Placid 3 – Phillip J Roth, Griff Furst
- Lake Placid 4 – Phillip J Roth
- Locusts: The 8th Plague – Phillip J Roth, Kirk B R Woller
- Rage of the Yeti – David Hewlett, Phillip J Roth
- Ragin Cajun Redneck Gators – Griff Furst
- Python – Phillip J Roth
- Python 2 – Phillip J Roth
- Shark Hunter – Phillip J Roth, Sam Wells
- Swamp Shark – Griff Furst
- Triassic Attack – Phillip J Roth
Boa vs Python is one of the earliest creature feature crossovers and I still believe that it holds up as being one of the best.
Not only does the film deliver on the promise of the premise but we’re even given a fairly interesting set of human characters to follow. David Hewlett and Jaime Bergman are our serious scientist protagonist and the formation of their relationship is believable and well-paced.
The designs for the snakes are beautiful with the bright blue colouring for the Python and the beautiful scarlet red for the Boa and although the majority of their scenes take place underground or at night, it is nice to see the creatures get such a screen presence. The choice to have the two bright primary colours really helps to differentiate between them especially when they become coiled together mid-battle.
Admittedly the CGI has dated quite a bit but thanks to the amount of screen time dedicated to the creatures, you get used to their look quickly and it stops being distracting.
The unquestionable highlight of the film is the lead villain, Broddick: a macho, self-centred billionaire playboy / professional hunter with a supermodel girlfriend. Kendrick relishes in the campy, fun-loving atmosphere and spends every moment of his screen time doing the most reckless, illogical and at times insane things, you could possibly do in that given situation.
This helps to underline the film’s biggest strength: what Boa vs Python lacks in budget, it makes up for with creativity, enthusiasm and fun.
BvP delivers on the snake combat whilst still providing some interesting human characters to keep us invested. The film is short, honest, loud and unashamedly silly, everything you could ask for from a film titled Boa vs Python.
Would you like to see a sequel for Boa vs Python?
I would love to see a sequel for Boa vs Python, it is one of my favourite Creature Features. A friend of mine spoke to David Hewlett last year and asked what his thoughts on a follow-up were; I can’t quote him exactly but it was something along the lines of ‘if you write it, I will read it’. So I think that means that he would be happy for a Boa vs Python 2 to happen.
What about you, would you like to see a sequel and if you wrote it, how would it play out?
Here’s how I would write BvP2:
Dr. Emmett and Monica are married together and living with Betty the Boa, alongside her offspring. But the government calls the trio back again when the news of a brand new Python has been spotted. Betty’s life is put into more danger as the Python is much more stronger and faster then the last one we saw back in 2004. Dr. Emmett being attached to Betty, feels the need to protect his prized best friend and her babies, while the new Python wrecks havoc and eats a lot of humans in its path. This will end in culminated showdown between Betty and the Python.
What are your ideas?
That’s a great sounding movie, Kevin! My BvP2 would go like this:
Like in yours, Dr Emmett and Monica live together in a huge facility where Betty is raising her Boa/ Python Hybrid offspring. Broddick’s company gets a new CEO and they decide, partly as revenge, to raid the facility and steal the babies. In the process, Betty is seriously injured defending her babies and is put into critical condition. Inside a huge fenced-in arena, Broddick Inc organise a hunt between the Hybrid offspring, a giant Python and more wealthy hunters. Monica manages to track down and sneak into the arena, determined to protect the babies whilst Emmett conducts surgery on Betty to save her life. Whilst the hunters are distracted with the Giant Python, Monica is able to locate the babies and hide them. The Python succeeds in killing all of the hunters and begins to track the Hybrid babies down. The Python finds them and is seconds away from killing Monica when the giant snake senses something. Suddenly Betty smashes into the arena, fully kitted out with metallic upgrades and artificial replacement organs. The Python and Betty 2.0 engage in an epic battle with the majority of the Broddick Inc. management being killed as collateral damage. Whilst the battle rages on, Monica and Emmett save the babies and once Betty 2.0 kills the Python, they all escape together. They return to rebuild their facility safe in the knowledge the Broddick Hunting legacy is gone forever.
All we need to do now is write our ideas and get them into the hands of David Hewlett