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Heroes of the Zeroes: Snakes on a Plane

Heroes of the Zeroes is Nick Rogers’ daily, alphabetical look back at the 365 best films of 2000-2009.

“Snakes on a Plane”
Rated R
2006

With all the snakes-in-the-grassroots Internet marketing and general geeking-out about “Snakes on a Plane” in 2006, you’d have thought it would earn $100 million. Nope — it actually earned $1 million more than its $33-million budget.

Star Samuel L. Jackson — playing a U.S. marshal trying to save a murder witness and frightened passengers on a plane beset by scores of poisonous snakes — called “Snakes” very well “the greatest movie ever made” in one of the marketing spiels.

Not quite, but nothing else with the full support of a major studio matched its B-movie nirvana of stupid-goodness in the Zeroes. It is exactly what its title suggests and then some — the proof in the primal levels ranging from basic exploited fears to the crowd’s roaring reactions and howls of humor or horror.

Unfortunately, that sort of yelping made “Snakes” the only movie in more than three decades that, without qualification, demanded a packed theater to enjoy. Those who attended a 4:10 p.m. matinee on a Wednesday probably hated the movie. At the midnight opening show, it was the most ridiculously fun 105 minutes you could’ve had in a theater since “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Hoot-and-holler crowds cheered, clapped and laughed their butts off, but a DVD viewing party? Eh, not so much. No movie with an eight-figure budget released to 3,555 theaters realistically could be considered a cult classic, but if any major theatrical film from the Zeroes deserves midnight-movie perpetuity, it’s “Snakes on a Plane.”


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4 Responses to “Heroes of the Zeroes: Snakes on a Plane”

  1. chad cowgill says:

    Snakes on a Plane was a fun movie. A little too ridiculous and óut there’but generally fun to watch and to enjoy. They did not put much thought into the movie but they at least had fun with it.

  2. Nick Rogers says:

    Pamela: Invite a half-dozen friends over some night, and it might work its magic. Thanks for reading!

    Patrick: The "Rocky" showings have an ingrained element of interactivity, which always makes it fun whether it’s your first, or 40th, time there. I just fondly remember the impromptu call-and-response of the midnight screening for this as an echo of all the "Rocky" madness. Thanks for reading!

  3. Patrick says:

    I was able to see it in theaters, and it was cool. Now I dont thin it compared to a Rocky showing, thoose are always super fun.

  4. pamela huxhold says:

    Now, I wish I had seen the movie in the theaters! I didn’t go because so many people said it was stupid, but not in the way you described. Maybe some Halloween it might may the big screen again, hope so.