Genre Guesstimation – Anaconda (1997)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Barry of Cinematic Catharsis and we will be reviewing our favorite Nature Gone Berserk Movies.

Mother Nature usually takes care of us, with all the oxygen we can breathe, water we drink and cute bunnies we can pet, but what happens when she gets angry? Watch her unleash floods, earthquakes, volcanoes and animals gone mad.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Aug by sending them to berserkbarry@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Barry!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Nature Gone Berserk Movies.

“Never look in the eyes, of those you kill. They will haunt you forever. I know. ” – Paul Serone

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A film crew in the Amazon is forced to help a hunter track and kill one of the most deadly snakes on the planet.

My Take on it – This is a film that I never had much of a desire to see, but since it fit into this genre, I decided to give it a shot.

The film is quite horrendous and fails to work on any level.

The characters all feel very superficial and they are all stereotypes and none are developed at all which doesn’t give the viewer any reason to sympathize with what they must go through.

The special effects in this film are terrible and even the large snake looks like rubber and isn’t scary at all which make things quite laughable instead of thrilling.

This film actually has a very talented cast yet they are all wasted here in this kind of story.

Jon Voight, Jenifer Lopez and Eric Stoltz probably never should have signed on for such a bad film because they all deserve much better roles than the ones they are provided here.

Bottom Line – Terrible film that doesn’t work at all. The characters all feel like stereotypes and we aren’t able to gain any kind of sympathy for any of them which would make us want them to live through this ordeal. The special effects are horrendous and the snake looks extremely fake throughout which makes things uite laughable. The cast is quite talented yet are completely wasted in this kind of film, especially Voight, Lopez and Stoltz who deserve much better than to be thrown into a film like this.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the filming of one scene, the controls for the animatronic anaconda shorted out, causing it to completely lose control. Some of the footage is included in the movie. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close!

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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5 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Anaconda (1997)

  1. Wow. Disagree entirely on this one. For what it was and the subject matter (even with Jon Voight’s indecipherable accent) – I thought this movie was a lot of fun with some genuine (goofy) scares. Terrific cast- who I don’t think were wasted – giving it their all. As I recall – I think it even got thumbs up from Siskel and Ebert at the time. I’ve seen it more than once. Had a good time each time. One of JLo’s better efforts. Sorry you gave it a 3. I’d give it a solid 7.5.

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