Title: Stanley

Also known as:
Ormarna (Swedish title)

Year: 1972

Genre: Thriller / Animal

Language: English

Runtime: 108 min

Director: William Grefe

Writer: William Grefe, Gary Crutcher

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069308/

Tim Ochopee's hatred for other humans forces him to live secluded and he chooses to spend his time with snakes. When Tim finds out what really happened to his father, or rather who was to blame, he is ready for revenge and uses the snakes as his weapon.

Our thoughts:
Of course the director responsible for this snoozefest would also be to blame for the horrible "Mako: The Jaws of Death". I never owned "Jaws" growing up - I always had to borrow it from my sister or watch it on TV whenever it was on. One movie I did have, however, was "Mako: The Jaws of Death", and I couldn't possibly hate that movie more. Not only because it wasn't "Jaws", but because it was stupid and boring as hell. 4 years prior to "Mako", director William Grefe did the exact same thing... but with snakes.

You wouldn't think when you start watching the movie that it would turn out to be so crappy, really. I mean, it doesn't shine, but it didn't seem any worse than other animal horrors of the era. And as we know, the animal horror subgenre has a lot of trash. The thing is that "Stanley" doesn't even have the courtesy to be a horror movie! The movie is about Tim Ochopee, an Indian bloke who after the Vietnam war is so tired of people that he decides to live a life away from them, and instead own a bunch of snakes. One of them is Stanley. One day, his peace is interrupted by hunters - the same hunters responsible for the death of his father. He knew this much, but he now finds out that it might not have been a hunting accident, and so he starts planning his revenge with the help of his snakes.

Could've been decent, but instead it went with being stupid and boring. It's way too long at 108 min, and most of the time it doesn't really involve snakes as anything other than the objects of his desire, kinda. I mean, he doesn't have sex with his snakes, but he sure is an odd fellow. There's actually a little bit of psychological metamorphosis going on, where he finally starts acting as if he's not a human, but a snake. Okay, he doesn't act like a snake, but he does say a few strange things. Finally, the thing we have been waiting for kicks in - the snakes attacking. Yet this is not really what's happening, as it's rather Tim Ochopee trying to force his snakes to attack people. Add to that a few scenes of throwing snakes around (I'm not sure if I'm okay with some of those scenes) and whatnot, and you have a pretty bland, boring movie that doesn't quite reach any levels of horror, thriller, drama or even exploitation. It's just... a movie.

Granted, I can't compare "Stanley" to many snake movies as I've usually kept my distance to them, but I highly doubt this is better than any of them. Its director must have some obsession with bonding with animals, since that's kinda the case in "Mako: The Jaws of Death" as well. If you want a perfectly annoying and stupid film, then go with this one. But hey, at least the production values aren't the problem!

Still, if you are big animal horror fan then the Studio S Entertainment release is pretty good as it also contains "Sssssss" from 1973.

Positive things:
- It's fairly well made. I mean, they probably didn't even do anything that they could screw up.

Negative things:
- Stupid, long, boring, annoying and silly.
- Why the hell was this movie ever cut down? The snake scenes? Can anyone tell me!?

Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 2.5/5
Comedy: 0/5

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