Snakes on a Train

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Snakes on a Train
DVD release cover
Directed by Peter Mervis (as The Mallachi Brothers)
Produced by David Michael Latt
David Rimawi
Written by Eric Forsberg
Starring Julia Ruiz
Giovanni Bejarano
Al Galvex
Music by Mel Lewis
Cinematography Mark Atkins
Edited by Peter Mervis
Distributed by The Asylum
Release dates
  • August 15, 2006 (2006-08-15)
Running time
91 minutes
Language English
Budget $1,000,000

Snakes on a Train is an action/horror Z movie released direct to DVD mockbuster by The Asylum on August 15, 2006.[1][2]

Continuing The Asylum's notoriety of capitalizing on major films with low-budget films with similar titles and plots (hence the term "mockbuster"),[3] many aspects of the film are inspired by the film Snakes on a Plane which was scheduled for theatrical release three days later on August 18, 2006. However, this film contains slightly more violence and gore than its counterpart and also includes some supernatural elements. It also has a much slower pace than Snakes on a Plane.


Although taking the same basic idea from Snakes on a Plane (lots of deadly snakes loose on a claustrophobic, high speed means of transport), the background story of how the snakes end up on the train is completely different.

In the movie, writer Eric Forsberg created a woman who has been put under a Mayan curse which causes snake eggs to hatch inside her belly and eat their way out. In order to recover the "lost pieces" of herself (the snakes), she must travel to Los Angeles where a powerful Mayan shaman can lift the curse. She takes the snakes along with her in small jars. While on the train, bandits attack her, allowing the snakes to escape and endanger the rest of the passengers.

Eventually, and inexplicably, she herself transforms into a gigantic snake and swallows the moving train whole.

Six passengers managed to escape unharmed and one of them performs magic to make her vanish. However one girl is shown to have been unknowingly bitten, suggesting the curse will remain.


  • Alby Castro as Brujo
  • Julia Ruiz as Alma
  • Amelia Jackson Gray as Crystal
  • Shannon Gayle as Summer
  • Giovanni Bejarano as Miguel
  • Lola Forsberg as Lani
  • Isaac Wade as Martin
  • Madeleine Falk as Nancy
  • Derek Osedach as Mitch
  • Stephen A.F. Day as Conductor
  • Al Galvex as Julio
  • Jay Costelo as Juan
  • Christophe Weeks as Gok Wan


According to co-producer David Rimawi, The Asylum initially had no intention of making the film, but they proceeded when an earlier film project fell through. While looking for international distributors at Cannes, a group of Japanese investors saw the film's poster and asked if there really was a giant snake eating a train (which was originally not part of the film). In response, Rimawi had his crew in Los Angeles add the aforementioned scene to the film to make the Japanese audiences happy.[4]


When reviewed by Variety magazine, it was described "neither undiscriminating action fans nor connoisseurs of high camp will find much bite in this latest direct-to-video product from The Asylum."[5]

J.C. Maçek III of wrote, "Yeah, big surprise, Snakes on a Train, a shameless cash in on an admitted B-Movie, is TERRIBLE."[6]

Scott Foy, reviewing the film for Dread Central wrote "How the hell do you produce a rip-off this dispirited?"[7]


While the box promises "100 Trapped Passengers - 3,000 Venomous Vipers", in reality there are only about a dozen passengers and a small handful of snakes shown in the film, while the official trailer of the film misspells the word "venomous" and stating 1,000 snakes. There is also a wholly unconnected, unexplained, and unresolved subplot regarding two female passengers smuggling drugs, an ex-Texas Narcotics Division officer on their tail, and a mysterious "middle eastern" man stalking all three.

The interior of the train resembles the inside of old 1940's streamliners, very timeworn and resembling early Amtrak trains. The train's exterior is inconsistent due to the use of stock footage: the train appears to change multiple times, ranging from a full Bombardier bilevels to an Amfleet set to a Superliner. At no time do the exteriors match the set interiors (which remain consistent throughout).


The official trailer was made available for download on The Asylum's official site. It has been televised on G4's Attack of the Show.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Asylum
  2. ^ IMDb
  3. ^
  4. ^ Solomon, Dan (2011-08-23). "How to Make a Mockbuster (In Five Easy Steps)". Adult Swim. Retrieved 2011-08-24.  (note that the article misspelled David Rimawi's name as "Rimaldi")
  5. ^ Joe Leydon (August 18, 2006). "Snakes on a Train". Variety. Retrieved 2006-08-27. 
  6. ^ J.C. Maçek III. "Snakes on a Train". Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  7. ^ Scott Foy. "Snakes on a Train (DVD)". Dread Central. Retrieved 2006-08-27. 

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