Copperhead – a snakebit movie review

“Cowboys battle copperhead swarm.”

That’s how a movie guide might summarize 2008’s Copperhead.   It’s Cowboys versus Copperheads … nature’s … um … Cowboy Killing Machines.  For a breif instant we get a bit of realism: a computerized animation of a one-toothed snake.  Apparently, somebody behind the scenes was aware that copperheads sometimes lose their fangs after biting a victim, and that they can replace their fangs up to four times a year.

But that’s it for realism. The rest is pure fantasy.

Snakes slithering up walls (in order to surprise victims by plopping down from rafters and rooftops) … cowboys doing a snake-dance while holding bundles of sensitive nitroglycerin … a big something at the end of the movie (which will not be described here, for anti-spoiler reasons) … and a Gatling gun that shoots both bullets and harpoons.

And be on the lookout for the sheriff. He hides from bullies. Yet he picks on heroes who are trying to uphold the law. He’s real handy with making  wanted posters. Wanted Snake

Most enjoyable of all is the reinvention of cowboy trash talk. Consider this crooked game of poker, in which the hero and villain antagonize each other to no end (NOTE: certain italicized words have been altered to maintain a G Rating):

Villain: “I’ll paint these walls with your blood, your brains, and your bells.”

Hero: “Are you all talk, or do you have enough ants in your pants to back it up?”

Villain’s helper (clearly not helping): “I guess there’s something wild in this card game after all!”

Me (wrapping up this review): “The End.”

For more cowboy action adventure, check out:

The Far Country
Jimmy Stewart vs. a Surprise Villain during the Klondike Gold Rush!

The Far Country

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10 Responses to Copperhead – a snakebit movie review

  1. Wolf Nibori says:

    Oh man, that’s hilarious – the dialogue they go through! It sounds sort of like a hiphop song gone riotously wrong or something. And umm.. aren’t copperheads from swamp regions NOT the desert/grasslands where cowboys frequently ply their bovine trade?

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  2. Rey says:

    Well … these aren’t no ordinary copperhead … the way they travel nonstop in packs of a thousand across scorching grasslands. Possibly genetic escapees from a secret horse n’ buggy laboratory? We may never know for sure.

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  3. Hahaha! Yeah those Victorian era experimenters and all their wacky inventions. Probably one went awry and spawned a slithering team of crazed copperheads!

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  4. LOSTeph says:

    I loved the movie Copperhead esp. the wonderful LOST references included and a shoutout to Indiana Jones

    LOST there’s tons of stuff in the movie.. Only thing was at the end, well you’ll see

    g o O Sci Fi Channel !!! bring it on,

    btw, I love Snakehead Terror movie (it’s my hometown). I’ve seen the movie about 15 times and because I live only a few miles from the Snakeheads. Yes folks they did drain the lake.

    “small town in Maryland ” one thing though we don’t use the word rekon, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Since the movie, and because I live here, I use it once in a while, LOL.

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  5. Nick Harvey says:

    Hey, fella’s I palayed Tannen in this Movie, and afer 30 years as a Actor, This was one of the most enjoyable Films ive done.
    The whole cast in this film liked each other, had a beer together after filming and sat around and chewed the Fat.
    Brad Johnston,, why he was never the ” next John Wayne” ill never know, he’s a ” Real”
    Cowboy , Rancher and a ” Bloody nice Bloke”
    Billy Drago,, Bill must be one of the all time ” Nice Guys from Holiwood, off screen , he is like a lost child from the 70’s Hippie era and loves a beer and to tell a story.
    Ive just finished another Cowboy movie with Billy ” Ghost Town” and many of the other actors from Copperhead were in it as well, Todd Jensen” Nasko Srebrev,, on UFO SOON,,, so watch out for it, another Todor Chapkanov Masterpiece.

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  6. Rey says:

    Nick Harvey!

    According to IMDB you’re also in Cyclops, The Immortal Voyage of Captain Drake, and the one that is still in post-production, Termination Shock … !

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  7. Nick Harvey says:

    Rey, One at a time mate hahaha, And I would be very dissapointed if I dont have a credit on “Copperhead” as I was one of the major supports in it.
    “Termination shocker” Ill try and forget and I had a walk on and off in “Cyclops”
    You did forget “Mega snake” War inc.” Mad cow” and ” Ghost Town” Ghost Town is another one like Copperhead also with Billy Drago and The Great Gil Gerard.
    Rey Have a good day mate and thank for taking the time to comment.
    Cheers
    Nick Harvey

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  8. Rey says:

    Thank you for the insight, Mr. Harvey! This has been so cool, hearing from someone directly involved with the movie. I remember you had a really fun role in Copperhead (there a couple of good pics from the movie on IMDB). I will definitely check out those other movies you mentioned!

    All best,
    Rey M.

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