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Snake Dancer (1976)

Glenda Kemp , Peter Elliott , Dirk DeVilliers  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Glenda Kemp, Peter Elliott, Wilson Dunster, Bruce Millar, Christine Basson
  • Directors: Dirk DeVilliers
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Mondo Macabre
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ICM6M0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,305 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Snake Dancer" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Interview with the film's directors
  • Featurette on African exploitation films
  • Uncut export version
  • Previews

Editorial Reviews

Mondo Macabro's Special Edition of SNAKE DANCER Slinks Onto Shelves This November!

The movie that proves little girls shouldn't play with snakes is now on video for the first time anywhere!

Mondo Macabro has proudly brought you classic exploitation films from places all over the world that people never expected to see. Indonesian action films? We gave them to you. Bollywood Horror? Uh, didn't you see the September release? Pakistani vampires? That was THE LIVING CORPSE, my friend. And now we bring you a first for Mondo Macabro, something we've never done before. Can your heart stand a sexploitation film about the true-life story of a SNAKE DANCER from South Africa?

Back in the bad old days of the 1970's, South Africa suffered under one of the most repressive governments the world has known. Most forms of fun were either frowned upon or banned outright. And the notion of a woman joyously dancing naked was enough to cause a riot. Particularly if her partner was a sensual, slithering snake! SNAKE DANCER tells the true story of a woman who dared to be different and, in doing so, showed a whole country that it was possible to break the rules and still survive.

But above all, what the film shows is the incredible dancing and sensual live shows of the amazing Glenda Kemp, who stars as herself. And make no mistake; once you've seen her in action, you'll realize why her government tried to ban her - and why a whole nation cheered her on!

SNAKE DANCER features a great number of Glenda's sexy dance routines including several with her large pet python. These are still strong enough to raise an eyebrow or two, even in the liberal climate of today. But with its gaudy trappings, kitsch and camp costumes and unfamiliar accents, the film is never less than hugely enjoyable. All fans of 70's sexploition will love this one, and you may even learn a thing or two from watching it!

Mondo Macabro's DVD for SNAKE DANCER contains the following extra features:

An interview with SNAKE DANCER writer/director Dirk de Villiers, produced by Mondo Macabro and exclusive to this release.

An in-depth interview with well-known South African film critic Trevor Steele Taylor who tells us about the history of film making in South Africa from its beginnings up to the present day. Also produced by Mondo Macabro and exclusive to this DVD.

Extensive production notes and background information on the film, it's cast and crew and the expanded, updated and much loved "Mondo Macabro Preview Reel"!

SNAKE DANCER is presented in its original 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The story of Snake Dancer isn't particularly original, or even put together very well, but there's plenty of 70's atmosphere and nudity to make up for it. It's supposed to be based on the life exotic dancer Glenda Kemp (who plays herself) and her troubles with censorship in South Africa, but the real reason to watch it is for the nude dancing. The movie is cheesy and a little odd at times (particularly the ending, which couldn't of actually happened), but the dance numbers are usually interesting. Glenda Kemp had ballet training and her body type is definitely one of a ballet dancer, so don't expect huge [...] to be bouncing around during her performances. Regardless, there are some decently sensual scenes, especially toward the end.

There isn't that much actual snake dancing in the film, at least for a movie called Snake Dancer. I liked it anyway, but the story could have been a little more coherent. Glenda Kemp is pretty hot, though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slither hither for Glenda and Oupa January 4, 2008
Very loosely based on the life of the famous Glenda Kemp, this special edition of Snake Dancer is packed with extra features, interviews and information on the history of South African film. Some well-known SA actors like Bruce Millar and Christine Basson appear in the movie which takes us from Glenda's childhood, her early fascination with snakes, adoption by foster parents, school years, ballet classes and teacher training, through her stormy career as exotic dancer and stripper to the macabre and unbelievable finale.

Glenda was indeed the sensation of the seventies in South Africa where she and her python Oupa (Grandpa, pronounced Oh Pah) shocked polite society but were press favorites widely admired by the general public. The story line includes police raids, court appearances, tours of small-town South Africa, and many dance scenes, not only with Oupa but also solo and with glove puppets, plus her love relationships. It evokes nostalgia for its vivid portrayal of Johannesburg night life in the period, especially the inner city scenes and those of the then highly cosmopolitan suburb of Hillbrow which was considered the Manhattan of Joburg in those days.

Extras include a short text section about Glenda and the making of the film, the informative featurette Escape From Apartheid: A History of South African Cult Cinema which is an interview with critic Trevor Steele Taylor about SA film - in particular the vibrant underground cinema scene and the tearoom cinema phenomenon - from the late 1940s to 2006 with mention of the work of various pioneers Jamie Uys, Ian Kerkhof/Aryan Kaganof, Ken Gampu and others, and 3 interviews with Dirk de Villiers, director of Snake Dancer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy piece of censorship history February 10, 2010
A reasonably good print of a not-so-good picture.
Interesting as mainly the only historical document
we're likely to have of the legendary Glenda Kemp -
who, if you know anything of international obscenity
trials, was South Africa's version of Bettie Page.
A highly moralistic young woman who just happens
to like dancing naked with snakes in nightclubs.
Plus Miss Kemp actually plays herself in the film,
and does her own routines. How truthful she is in
the autobigraphical sense is hard to judge - since
at the end of this movie (spoiler alert) she dies.
Interesting acting choice, though, I must say.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MOVIE.... WORTH WATCHING February 13, 2008
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I rented this on VHS about 14 years ago. I didn't what expect as it was a
South African Film. It turned out to be a somewhat factual story and had you solidly in Glenda's corner from the gitgo. I didn't think much of her
Manager ( pimp?). I was glad to see this released on DVD. Everybody has focused on the snake, and I guess it does play a pivotal role, but,I kinda liked the puppet act even if the authorities didn't. This is another of those movies that most people would pass up without a second
glance, but is really a very good movie. Charlie S.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snake Dancer August 7, 2012
By Ed B.
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Having recently watched Snake Dancer on Netflix, I knew I wanted to own it. I found it available on Amazon & ordered it. As is usual with Amazon, I had the d v d in just a few days. I found it to be a very provocative movie, based on a woman's actual experience. While some of the story line and music did not appeal to me, the
dancing and interaction between the young girl and the snake(s) was most interesting. That action was most as
arousing as most soft porns I have seen, but actually done in good taste. If you like seeing some female flesh
and some unique interplay between a girl and a snake, I would certainly recommend this.
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