Snaker (2001)
By: Devon B. on November 20, 2005  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
DVD
(Hong Kong) Winson Entertainment All Regions, NTSC. 1.60:1 (Non-anamorphic). Thai DD 5.1 Thai DD 2.0 Mandarin DD 5.1. English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese Subtitles. 110 minutes
The Movie
Credits
Director: Fai Sam Ang
Starring: Winai Kraibutr, Pich Chanbormey, Tep Rindaro, Om Portevy
Screenplay: Fai Sam Ang, Mao Samnang
Country: Cambodia / Thailand
AKA: Kuon puos keng kang
Snaker's heroine is a girl with snakes growing on her head in place of her hair. This begs the obvious question: Is all her hair reptilian? Is she shaving serpent heads off her legs? Is her armpit hair in danger of suffocating? Does her pubic hair look like a hibernation den? We'll never know, because, sadly, Snaker never addresses this issue.

The first 45 minutes of Snaker could've been done in three minutes with narration, but noooo the snake-head girl's back story is dragged across the screen for all to suffer though. A woman walking in the woods gets laser-eyed by a python. I'm not sure what the snake accomplished by shooting lasers from its eyes, but it was the first chance to see Snaker's truly amazing special effects. The woman later has a child, a girl she and her husband name Ed, but then runs into the snake again. The snake says the woman must love him, and later creeps into her bedroom and zaps her again with laser eyes, and they have sex. The woman wakes up next to a BIG (probably around 20 feet long) snake, which turns into a smaller snake for the zoom in, and she remembers the night before with the snake…who'd turned into a man.

The snake and woman fall in love and begin having an affair. I'm not sure how they managed to have the fling, given that it always looks like the snake's trying to get away from the woman whenever she picks it up. The woman somehow gets the snake to stop fleeing her long enough to become pregnant with its children. Her husband is none to happy about this and kills the snake and guts his wife, but one of the babies gets away and grows into a young woman with snakes piled on her head. If the movie'd started HERE, it might not have been so annoying, but 45 minutes in and it seems like the actual story's just begun…Anyway, the snake girl grows up with only this old priest to protect her. She yearns to be a normal person, and the rest of the movie is her and her guardian trying to make this so. The story is a wee bit confused.

Snaker is a movie that would've benefited greatly from some major plot editing and the removal of CGI. I don't like CGI anyway, but when it's this bad, it's hard to comprehend anyone thinking there's a benefit to it at all. I spent a lot of the first 45 minutes worrying that the filmmakers would kill (for real) the giant python, but needn't have fussed, since I should have known they'd just use terrible CG. There's one of those magic fights so prominent in Asian cinema at the end, but CG bolts aren't as fun as the good old days of scratched film. Worst of all is snake-girl herself. Some of her hair looks CG, but all of it looks ridiculous, like she has a mop of snakes on her head. Supposedly some of the snakes are real snakes glued to a wig and then plopped on the actress, but even the real snakes don't make it a convincing effect. If Medusa mated with Animal from the Muppets, the offspring might look like this.
Video
The Winson DVD presents Snaker at some unusual aspect ratio…probably about 1.60:1. The film suffers VHS type glitches, is speckely, and is a bit dark and grainy at times. The images are never sharp.
Audio
The film is available with Thai audio in Dolby Digital or Dolby Digital 5.1, or a Mandarin dub in 5.1. The audio is pretty shoddy on the Thai tracks. It sounds like it was badly dubbed by some people with their heads wrapped in blankets, low and muffled. I almost wanted to switch to the Mandarin dub, and I hate Mandarin dubs. Subs are available in English and traditional or simplified Chinese. The subs are on the matte, get lost easy, and are oddly translated and erroneous.
Extra Features
None.
The Verdict
The film, and the disc, are not worth anything. In fact, the only positive thing I can say about either is that the girl's wig moves on the menu screen.
Movie Score
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