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The main drawback is ironically derived from a positive. It's not often the Sci-Fi Channel makes a movie with a likable cast, and in this case likable characters were getting killed off left and right while a bunch of extras were milling around unscathed for most of the movie.
On the other hands it good that the movie had likable characters at all.
On another note, this movie festures masses of snaks, not the usual insect swarm or giant animal. And in something of an oddity for the Sci-Fi channel, there's no giant snakes in this movie.
On second thought, 3/5. In my original review I rated it 4/5, but I'm not sure it was quite that good.
I'd like to offer my congratulations to Bill Corcoran who, with Vipers, has done something I previously thought impossible: he almost managed to put me to sleep in the middle of a movie I was watching at two o'clock in the afternoon.
Do you really need a plot summary? Well, here you go: genetically-altered (and badly rendered) vipers. Small town. Commence bloodshed.
With the exception of the mildly entertaining Incubus, it's been a pretty good rule of thumb that Tara Reid's name connected with any movie project since Cruel Intentions has been a recipe for disaster. Vipers is no exception. Add the presence of Corbin Bernsen, who hasn't made a good movie in even longer (I think you have to go back to Major League), and you can feel the black hole sucking you in. The best way I can think to describe it is "soap opera with snakes". Except that no one involved in this mess can act even as well as the perennial stars on your favorite soap opera.
Not a single redeeming quality to be found here. Avoid at all costs. (zero)
Hearing your toothless uncle talk politics at Thanksgiving dinner might be more intertaining than this.
Vipers was one of those Sci-Fi channel original movies that premiere on Sci-Fi Saturday; it's basically were they put their best movies. I love Sci-Fi's Saturday movies--some of my favorite Sci-Fi channel movies have come from there, like Sea Beast and Wyvern--and they almost always have some pretty awesome plots.
Vipers is no exception--the plot may not be original, seeing that it is close to Guy N. Smith's Snakes--but I love plots like these. A group of genetically altered vipers--and by genetically altered, I mean made about 100 times more vicious than normal, and they now have an appetite for human flesh--are accidently set loose on a town called Eden. Since the town is on an island, the snakes have nowhere to go, and start feasting on the locals.
The locals, including an extremely annoying Tara Reid playing an even more annoying character who is growing pot in her garden, join up with each other to try and stop the snakes, along with save their own lives. Then--of course--the government comes in, and wants to wipe out the whole town, getting rid of the menacing snakes before they can reach the mainland.
Yeah, it sounds cool, but Vipers just has too many problems to keep it from being cool. First of all: the characters. They are all stereotypes, and are all annoying. (You just want them to die at the hands of the snakes...) I think the only person that convincingly played their role without being annoying was the lady scientist who helps the townsfolk. Second, the snakes look terrible.Read more ›
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Its an okay movie but I have seen better snake movies. The snakes look pretty fake. However, there is a good amount of action. I would recommend I guess.Published 18 months ago by SomeoneWife
It's about genetically induced horned vipers that the government planned on using to fight wars. They get out of hand and swim to a small island and start attacking the residents. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Bonnie Thiem
Excelolent movie and a lot of special effects.I would buy this movie for my friends.A lot of action and suspense.I give this movie an A+Published on June 18, 2013 by D. Preston
this movie was great like i said just love the maneater series these movies are the top notch of sci-fi action sincerly mr.stonePublished on March 12, 2013 by stoneyloc
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Too many cliches for me. I almost turned it off when there was a sex scene in the first ten minutes, which is bad enough by... Read more
This was one of those movies that just happened to be on tv so I decided to watch it, but it turned out 20 minutes in to be so bad, but like a trainwreck, I just couldn't turn... Read morePublished on July 12, 2011 by Faye