Anaconda (film series)

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Anaconda
Anacondas DVD Collection.jpg
Cover for the DVD-box containing the first four films.
Created by
Original workAnaconda
Print publications
Novel(s)Anaconda: The Writer's Cut (2014)
Films and television
Film(s)
Games
Video game(s)
  • Quake Anaconda Mod (1997)
  • Anacondas Arcade Game (2004)
  • Anacondas 3D: Adventure Game (2004)
  • Snakes on a Babe (2008)
Audio
Soundtrack(s)

Anaconda (also known as Anacondas) is a series of American horror films created by Hans Bauer, Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr.. It started with Anaconda in 1997. It was followed by one theatrical stand alone sequel, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004), three made for television sequels, Anaconda 3: Offspring (2008), Anacondas: Trail of Blood (2009) and Lake Placid vs. Anaconda (2015) (the latter being a crossover with the Lake Placid series).

Each installment revolves around giant man-eating anacondas and the efforts of various groups of people to capture or destroy the creatures. The fictional plant known as the Blood Orchid and the company Wexel Hall Pharmaceuticals as well as the fictitious Murdoch family are repeatedly referenced in the films.

Films[edit]

Anaconda (1997)[edit]

When a documentary crew traveling through the Amazon jungle picks up a stranded man, they are unaware of the trouble that will occur. This stranger's hobby is to capture the giant Anaconda snake, and plans to continue targeting it on their boat, by any means necessary.

Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)[edit]

A scientific expedition sets out for Borneo to seek a flower called the Blood Orchid, which could grant longer life. Meanwhile, they run afoul of snakes and each other.

Anaconda 3: Offspring (2008)[edit]

A team of mercenaries join forces with a herpetologist and an assistant from the billionaire owner who both worked in a genetic research lab, Wexel Hall, to capture the snakes after they escaped from the lab, until they find themselves needing to stop them before it's too late.

Anacondas: Trail of Blood (2009)[edit]

A herpetologist is on a mission to destroy the Blood Orchid from the billionaire who wanted a serum of the orchid to cure his cancer, until a dangerous snake threatens everyone.

Lake Placid vs. Anaconda (2015)[edit]

In Black Lake, Maine, an accident allows the two giant species, crocodiles and anacondas had been regenerated and escape towards to Clear Lake. Now, Reba teams up with Tully to find his daughter Bethany and a group of sorority girls in a deadly match between the two creatures.

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Films
Anaconda Anacondas:
The Hunt for the Blood Orchid
Anaconda 3:
Offspring
Anacondas:
Trail of Blood
Lake Placid vs.
Anaconda
1997 2004 2008 2009 2015
Terri Flores Jennifer Lopez Mentioned only  
Danny Rich Ice Cube Mentioned only  
Paul Serone Jon Voight Mentioned only  
Professor Steven Cale Eric Stoltz Mentioned only  
Warren Westridge Jonathan Hyde Mentioned only  
Gary Dixon Owen Wilson Mentioned only  
Denise Kalberg Kari Wuhrer Mentioned only  
Mateo Vincent Castellanos  
Poacher Danny Trejo  
Bill Johnson   Johnny Messner  
Sam Rogers   KaDee Strickland  
Dr. Jack Bryon   Matthew Marsden  
Cole Burris   Eugene Byrd  
Gail Stern   Salli Richardson-Whitfield  
Tran Wu   Karl Yune  
Gordon Mitchell   Morris Chestnut  
Dr. Ben Douglas   Nicholas Gonzalez  
John Livingston   Andy Anderson  
Stephen Hammett   David Hasselhoff  
Dr. Amanda Hayes   Crystal Allen  
Peter "J.D." Murdoch   John Rhys-Davies Mentioned only
Pinkus   Ryan McCluskey  
Nick   Patrick Regis  
Andrei   Alin Olteanu  
Grozny   Anthony Green Flashback  
Victor   Toma Danilă Flashback  
Sofia   Milhaela Oros Flashback  
Professor Eric Kane   Serban Celea Flashback  
Darryl   Alin Constantinescu Flashback  
Peter Reysner   Zoltan Butuc  
Jackson   Linden Ashby  
Scott   Danny Midwinter  
Alex   Călin Stanciu  
Heather   Ana Ularu  
Wendy   Anca-Ioana Androne  
Eugene   Emil Hostina  
Jim Bickerman   Robert Englund
Reba   Yancy Butler
Will "Tully" Tull   Corin Nemec
Bethany Tull   Skye Lourie
Sarah Murdoch   Annabel Wright
Beach   Stephen Billington
Tiffani   Laura Dale
Margo   Ali Eagle
Deputy Ferguson   Oliver Walker

Crew[edit]

Role Film
Anaconda Anacondas:
The Hunt for the Blood Orchid
Anaconda 3:
Offspring
Anacondas:
Trail of Blood
Lake Placid vs. Anaconda
1997 2004 2008 2009 2015
Director Luis Llosa Dwight H. Little Don E. FauntLeRoy A. B. Stone
Writer(s) Hans Bauer
Jim Cash
Jack Epps Jr.
Screenplay by
John Claflin
Daniel Zelman
Michael Miner
Edward Neumeier
Story by
Hans Bauer
Jim Cash
Jack Epps Jr.
Nicholas Davidoff
David Olson
David Olson Screenplay by
Berkeley Anderson
Producer(s) Verna Harrah
Carol Little
Leonard Rabinowitz
Verna Harrah Alison Semenza Jeffery Beach
Phillip Roth
Composer Randy Edelman Nerida Tyson-Chew Peter Meisner Claude Foisy
Cinematographer Bill Butler Stephen F. Windon Don E. FlauntLeRoy Ivo Peitchev
Editor Michael R. Miller
Gregg London
Marcus D'Arcy
Mark Warner
Scott Conrad Cameron Hallenbeck
Production companies   Middle Fork Productions Hollywood Media Bridge
Stage 6 Films
UFO International
Destination Films
Distributor Columbia Pictures Screen Gems Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date April 11, 1997 August 27, 2004 July 26, 2008 February 28, 2009 April 25, 2015
Running time 89 minutes 97 minutes 91 minutes 89 minutes 92 minutes

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Budget
North America Other
territories
Worldwide
Anaconda April 11, 1997 $65,885,767[1] $71,000,000[1] $136,885,767[1] $45 million[2]
Anacondas:
The Hunt for the Blood Orchid
August 27, 2004 $32,238,923[3] $38,753,975[3] $70,992,898[3] $25 million[2]
Total $98,124,690 $109,753,975 $207,878,669 $70 million

Critical response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Anaconda 39% (49 reviews)[4] 37 (20 reviews)[5] B−[6]
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid 25% (118 reviews)[7] 40 (28 reviews)[8] B[9]

Publications[edit]

Anaconda: The Writer's Cut (2014)[edit]

Anaconda: The Writer's Cut is a novel by Hans Bauer published in 2014. Bauer also wrote the screenplay for the 1997 film Anaconda and its 2004 sequel Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid.[10]

Video games[edit]

Quake Anaconda Mod (1997)[edit]

To promote the movie's release, Sony released a free total conversion mod for Quake Mission Pack No. 1: Scourge of Armagon which featured new snake enemies and a large Anaconda boss character.[11][12]

Anacondas Arcade Game (2004)[edit]

Anacondas Arcade Game is an online interactive game produced by Sony Studios in 2004 to promote the film Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid from the same year.[13]

Anacondas 3D: Adventure Game (2004)[edit]

Anacondas 3D: Adventure Game is an online interactive game produced by Sony Studios in 2004 to promote the film Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid from the same year.[14][15]

Snakes on a Babe (2008)[edit]

Snakes on a Babe is an online interactive game produced in 2008 to promote the film Anaconda 3: Offspring from the same year.[16][17]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Box Office History for Anaconda Movies". The Numbers. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  3. ^ a b c "Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  4. ^ "Anaconda (1997)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  5. ^ "Anaconda". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  6. ^ "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com.
  7. ^ "Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  8. ^ "Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  9. ^ "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com.
  10. ^ "Anaconda: The Writer's Cut - Kindle edition by Hans Bauer. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com". amazon.com.
  11. ^ https://www.bluesnews.com/archives/march97-5.html
  12. ^ https://www.quaddicted.com/reviews/anaconda.html
  13. ^ http://www.freeaddictinggames.com/game/anacondas/
  14. ^ http://www.gamepressure.com/download.asp?ID=6000
  15. ^ http://anacondas-3d-adventure-game.software.informer.com
  16. ^ "Anaconda 3 – The Offspring Presents: Snakes on a Babe". Beyond Hollywood. 2008-10-28. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-08. Retrieved 2016-02-21.