Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fire Serpent (2007)

How bad is it? Typical SyFy channel cheese. Poorly done, low budget.
Should you see it? It's actually watchable, so on a slow night...

I watched this for a different reason than most viewers: it's supposed to take place in Minnesota and I like to see films that botch the local flavor [Just watched the much better "Contagion" that suggests Minneapolis is on an island in one scene, for example]. It gives William Shatner a creative credit and has the usual bunch of (then-named) Sci-Fi channel has-beens: Randolph Mantooth, Nicholas Brendon and Richard Beltran. Solar flares turn into monsters and start fires, but also sometimes become sentient ash and sometimes take over people's minds. The best scene has a woman cut in two with laser eyesight, though the CGI effects are universally poor. There's a lot of threads to tie together: Biblical prophecy, government cover-up, hitman and arsonist - which culminate in a stupid climax.

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