Basilisk: The Serpent King

May 26th, 2011 by Perfesser Deviant

Basilisk: The Serpent King   Basilisk The Serpent King poster 80x120 sci fi reviews horror Director: Stephen Furst
Writers
: Wil McCarthy & Chase Parker
Release Year
: 2006

Stoned snake.

Archeologist Dr. Harry McColl (Jeremy London) and his team Rudy (Griff Furst) and Sierra (Sarah Skeeters) dig up a rockfall and find a bunch of statues – including a basilisk statue – as well as a golden rod with a jewel on top. Back in the states, Harry meets new faculty Rachel Donegal (Wendy Carter) right before he attends the opening of the exhibit of the dig finds. The opening is emceed by Professor Carlton (Stephen Furst) and attended by benefactors Brock (Doug Dearth) and Hannah (Yancy Butler), but is not particularly successful when the basilisk suddenly returns to life and attacks.

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This is like the sillier made-for-television version of The Relic (1997). The difference is that this flick wasn’t meant to be taken seriously and isn’t so damned annoying because of it. Basilisk: The Serpent King is just not as well-made as The Relic.

The response to a giant serpent that’s strong, poisonous and capable of petrifying people who look in its eyes is less than useful. Military man – Army? National guard? – Colonel Douglas (Cleavant Derricks) and his men are called in to deal with the problem, but they are less effective than the girl scouts would have been. These guys can’t seem to deal with a giant snake, nor can they effectively cordon off an area, but they do spend a lot of time dying horribly to help pump up the body count. The military is usually more effective than this, but they are the stupid police of this film.

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The stupidity is common to the film as the solid gold staff would weigh something in the realm of an average adult man.

That staff is effortlessly carried around through the film by Hannah as she’s pursued by Harry, Rudy and Rachel. Since the jewel is what can stop the basilisk, it’s needed to finish off the film, but it’s also a key or something to an ancient treasure. That is what allows the plot to be stretched out to a feature. When Hannah is finally killed by the basilisk – after it tears off her dress for some reason, a reason that we all understand – the staff falls into the hands of our protagonists. And so forth.

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This is a typical SyFy film in that it uses bad CGI, second-string actors, and silly humor to work. In that way it’s nothing special, but a suitable way to waste some time when you’re too lazy to get off the couch and put a DVD in the player. Wasting nerds’ time is pretty much what SyFy is all about.

 

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