Elementary (primitive, primeval) creature feature centered around a documentary film crew searching the Amazon for the People of the Mist, but first finding their reverenced reptile instead, thanks largely to a half-crazed, fully leering snake hunter (Jon Voight, having a ball) who is more hijacker than guide. The creature itself, sometimes a model, sometimes a lightning-fast computer cartoon, has the unnerving ability to wrap up one victim in its forty-foot length while snarling and snapping at other prospects with its unoccupied mouth. It also displays a regurgitative function, saved up for the finale, that produces the major gross-out moment. With Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Eric Stoltz, Jonathan Hyde; directed by Luis Llosa. 1997.

Duncan Shepherd

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