Snakehead Terror

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Snakehead Terror
DVD cover
GenreScience fiction, horror
Screenplay byAnthony L. Greene
Story byPatrick J. Vitale
Directed byPaul Ziller
StarringBruce Boxleitner
Carol Alt
William B. Davis
Chelan Simmons
Music byKen Williams
Country of originCanada
United States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)David Bursteen
Lisa M. Hansen
Producer(s)Elizabeth Sanchez
Paul Ziller
CinematographyMark Dobrescu
Editor(s)Paul Ziller
Running time92 minutes
Production company(s)CineTel Films
Sci Fi Pictures
DistributorSci Fi Pictures
Original networkSci Fi Channel
Original releaseMarch 13, 2004

Snakehead Terror is a 2004 science fiction-horror television film. It is one of two Sci Fi Channel films based on the snakehead fish incident in a Crofton, Maryland, pond. The other film is Frankenfish. Swarm of the Snakehead is an independently produced creature comedy based on the same Crofton incident, and the only one of the three actually filmed in Maryland. All three films are based on real fish called snakeheads.


Snakehead fish invade Cultus Lake in the small town of Cultus, Maryland, although the town's police department poisons the lake, seemingly killing all of the fish. Two years later, bodies begin showing up in the lake, with town sheriff Patrick James temporarily closing off the lake. After Patrick's daughter Amber's boyfriend James, and James' friend are eaten by unseen creatures, the bodies are inspected, and local doctor Jenkins gives Patrick a tooth he found in one of the bodies. Patrick attempts to convince the town's mayor to shut down the lake, although to no avail, as the town is suffering from economic troubles.

Marine biologist Lori Dale soon arrives in town to help Patrick determine the cause of the recent deaths. Lori identifies the creatures as unusually large snakeheads. She theorizes that something in the lake is causing the snakeheads to grow in size. After more deaths occur, Lori discovers that the snakeheads have been drugged with human growth hormones to make them larger. A fisherman soon captures one of the snakeheads, convincing the mayor even further that the lake should not be closed, believing that the captured snakehead was the only one. While Patrick, and Lori head out on the lake to find the source of the hormones, Amber convinces her friends Jagger, Luke, and Craig to help her kill the snakeheads in order to avenge James.

Patrick, and Lori find an overturned boat on the lake, and encounter the snakeheads. They attempt to head back to shore, only to find Jenkins' brother Colin pouring something into the lake. Colin flees as they attempt to catch him, and Lori discovers that the liquid Colin was pouring into the lake was a human growth hormone. On Craig's boat, Amber, Jagger, Luke, and Craig discover that the snakeheads are cannibals, and commonly eat the juvenile fish. They begin to follow some of the fish, only to almost collide with two fishermen on another boat. The snake heads attack the two boats, and eat Craig, and one of the fishermen, while Luke is knocked overboard, and Jagger accidentally kills the other fisherman by shooting his boat's gas tank, blowing it up. Amber, and Jagger then crash the boat on an island in the middle of the lake, and become stranded. They try to call the police, although they have no reception. They then find Luke washed up on the island, alive.

Patrick and Deputy Reece sneak into Jenkins' lab in order to search for anything suspicious. They find a receipt for 5,000 units of human growth hormone. They arrest Jenkins, and he reveals that he put the hormones into the lake in order to increase the fish population for Colin's bait shop after the poisoning process occurred, not knowing the snakeheads were still in the lake. On the island, Amber, Jagger, and Luke find a cabin, as well as a half-devoured man inside. Luke goes further, and finds a woman being devoured by a snakehead. The snakehead attacks Luke, injuring his leg in the process, although Amber kills it with an ax.

Patrick soon finds out that Amber is on the lake, and he, and Lori head out to rescue her, with Lori bringing an electric stick that she plans to use to kill the snakeheads. However, the snakeheads ram the boat, causing Lori to accidentally render the controls useless with the stick, causing them to crash into a dock on the island. They see a giant, whale-sized snakehead before heading onto the island. In the meantime, Colin is digging a hole to bury the hormone packages, only to be killed by the snakeheads. Meanwhile, Amber, Jagger, and Luke are attacked by snakeheads in the house, although they manage to kill several, and their screams helps Patrick, and Lori find them, although Luke is still killed.

Patrick, and Lori arrive outside of the house, and give Amber, and Jagger directions to escape while they reach an electrical shed, planning to electrocute all of the snakeheads in the lake. Lori goes to rescue Amber, and Jagger, and the three girls kill all of the remaining snakeheads at the cabin before Patrick knocks down an electric cable. When Lori, Amber, and Jagger arrive at the dock, Lori dumps the cable into the water, electrocuting, and killing all of the remaining snakeheads. Patrick, Lori, Amber, and Jagger embrace as the fried snakehead bodies burn in the water.



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