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DVD Review: Snake Outta Compton (2018)

A snake falls from a plane over Compton and while it doesn’t survive the trip; it’s egg does and is retrieved by an uber-nerd, oh-so-subtly named Vurkel (Donte Essien), who subjects the newly hatched infant snake to experiments with a growth ray (which he intended to use on his cock) that causes it to grow uncontrollably (what else did you expect it to do dumbass). Meanwhile Vurkel’s roommates are an amateur hip hop crew that unfortunately have fallen afoul of an absolutely ridiculous criminal named Alley Jaws (Eric Paul Erickson) to whom they owe a considerable sum.

Soon that snake gets free and goes on a rampage while our heroes make inept attempts to get the money owed to Jaws while dealing with the constant interference of testosterone infused crooked cop Denz (Joston Theney) and his completely idiotic rookie partner Ethan (Jon Kondelik) who arrest the group’s MC Cam (Ricky Flowers Jr.) and generally make life miserable for our protagonists. Will our heroes survive the law, human/snake mutations, and that vicious viper and still make it to their hip hop showcase event (I’m sure for someone out there this is just another Tuesday)

Wonder of wonders, what many seem like a groan inducing horror comedy, instead turns out to be a genuinely hilarious flick filled with an amazingly game and talented cast, and a delightfully absurd premise that manages to skewer flicks like Friday and Training Day while showcasing some ludicrously enjoyable creature feature action. Along with that, the characters themselves are at times totally self aware which leads to some serious laughs, and beyond that the entire production is as full of heart as it is silly as balls. What I’m sayin’ is Snake Outta Compton aims to please and it hits it’s mark!

On the negative side, the CG is on the rather crap side, but since this is a film that takes nothing seriously that doesn’t really matter as much as it would in a more straight dive into the ol’ horror biz.

As for extras included on this DVD release from Lionsgate we get: a highly entertaining audio commentary from Director Hank Braxton and Actors Ricky Flowers Jr.. Mowtown Maurice, and Joston Theney (in which we here tale of a behind the scenes feature that is supposed to be on the disc yet isn’t for reasons unknown), and a selection of coming attractions for other releases from Lionsgate.

If you are in the mood for belly laughs instead of beheadings, Snake Outta Compton will fit the bill nicely; it’s off-kilter, often hilarious, and is just plain fun to set your putrid peepers upon!

 

 

 

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