Mister and I have a weekly ritual. Every weekend, he picks up a movie that gives me creeps for the rest of the week. I can’t decide whether it’s because he likes how I cling to him during and after the movie, or because he’s secretly a masochist.

This week we saw Snakes on a Plane. As a rule, I didn’t read on it beforehand. I assumed for it to be funny movie. If only I knew…


Some facts – Directed by David Ellis, it was released in 2006, and stars Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies and Nathan Phillips (along with a plane load of other actors).

It’s a story of an FBI agent, who is responsible to take a witness from Honolulu to LA, to testify against a gangster who killed his father. They walk in, take over the first class, and are ready to travel in style – until the blood chilling screams of economy’s passengers inform them that they are under attack by a plane full of deadly and venomous snakes, deliberately released to kill the witness.

What follows is gruesome at best. Snakes, of all sizes and colours, creep in, biting everyone (including a child of 4), turning them a pukish shade of purple. It goes to another level when you see a snake crawling out of a dead man’s mouth – I don’t even want to think about where it entered the man’s body from.

I felt sick, physically. Like I was about to throw up twice. But I couldn’t turn it off. I closed my eyes at regular intervals (which always manages to crack Mister up – beats me why!), but watched it till the end. Until the last of credits disappeared from the screen.

Excuse the language please. It’s an emergency.

Despite being bloody and downright scary, it’s something you can’t watch until interval. You will need to know whether the witness makes it to LA, if the child survives and how do they manage when both pilots succumb to snake’s fatal bites. Also, why were all the snakes, who by nature do not attack until provoked, on a rampage to kill EVERYONE?

This movie is not for the faint hearted. Please watch it at your own discretion. It might give you nightmares, which is exactly why I am writing this review at 4AM. I can’t close my eyes without imagining a serpent sticking his venomous tongue out at me.

Wanna have some snaky fun? Check out Snakes on a Plane’s trailer below (not at night, not when you are alone and not if all crawling creatures give you a heart attack):