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Snake Pits in Movies

(and similar situations...)
This is an alphabetical list of movies with snake pits in them, taken from the main Snakes in Movies List.

My dictionary defines a snake pit as "a pit containing poisonous snakes." A pit being a large hole in the ground. (Unfortunately my dictionary is not smart enough to know that snakes are venomous, not poisonous.) Snake pits used for killing may never have existed. They might just be a thing of fiction. After all, they are impractical and dangerous - you have to dig the pit, find the snakes, somebody has to get into the pit to take care of the snakes, and then someone has to pull out the dead bodies without being killed. Nevertheless snake pits show up occasionally in the movies and on TV.

This is a list of movies I've found that include pits or other places full of snakes that someone is forced into with the intention of killing or hurting that person. I have only found a few examples of actual snake pits in movies (Gunga Din, 1939, is the earliest) so I'm expanding this list to include similar situations in which an enclosed place - a room, a dungeon, a temple, a jail cell, a field, etc. is filled with venomous snakes. It's all the same idea - someone fills an area with venomous snakes and force someone else to come into contact with the snakes to harm them. (It's a trope similar throwing someone into a pool full of hungry sharks, or throwing someone into a lions den, or any of the many "wild animals run amok" horror movies where someone is devoured by rats or slugs or insects or some other group of animals.) Often in movies a single venomous snake is used to hurt someone, sometimes by locking them in somewhere with the snake, and I don't see why you couldn't have a snake pit with only one snake in it, but this list only shows places with more than one venomous snake. and it doesn't include people who find themselves accidentally in a random place with snakes, such as True Grit.

Keep in mind that in the movies venomous snakes are often portrayed by harmless snakes for reasons of safety.
See the Snakes Used As Weapons in Movies list to see many other ways snakes have been used to harm someone in the movies.


You can see more pictures and read a description of the snake scenes by following the title link.

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Some of these pictures and descriptions may give away plot details that you might not want to know before watching a film.
 
Angel of Vengeance (War Cat) (1987)

A woman who was abducted and abused by a group of crazy psdudo-military survivalists gets revenge on the group's leader by throwing him into a pit full of rattlesnakes that was made by one of his men.
Angel of Vengeance Screenshot
Black Samurai (1977)

A mobster cult leader called The Warlock throws people into a jail cell full of killer snakes to get rid of them.
Black Samurai
The Blade Master [aka Cave Dwellers; Ator: The Invincible] (1984)

Nubile maidens are thrown into a snake pit as human sacrifices to be devoured by a giant monster snake.
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The Craft (1996)  

A high school witch conjures up thousands of snakes and puts them in the path of a girl who has had terrifying hallucinations of snakes, in order to torment her.

The Craft
Creature with the Blue Hand (1967)

An evil psychiatric doctor fills a room with snakes to scare a woman and force her to do what he wants.
Creature with the Blue Hand
Enter the Devil (1972) 

Torch-carrying cult members throw people into a pit full of rattlesnakes in the desert to get rid of them.
Enter the Devil
Gunga Din (1939)  

Indian cultists torture a British soldier by threatening to throw him into a snake pit.
gunga din
Indiana Jones & the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)  

The Ark of the Covenant is stored in an underground temple that is basically a gigantic pit full of snakes left there to guard the Ark.
Indiana Jones
The Lost City (2022)

A man and woman are tied up in the middle of the floor of a temple that is covered with snakes.

The Lost City
Natural Born Killers (1994)  

A Navajo man is murdered, so he gets revenge by using magic to fill a field full of rattlesnakes that bite his murderers.
Natural Born Killers
Nightmare Alley (2021)

A carnival sideshow features a wild man in a pit full of snakes who bites the head off a live chicken.
NIghtmare Alley Screenshot
Snake Eyes (2021)

A Ninja candidate must lower himself into a large underground chamber through a hole in the ceiling to face three giant ancient snakes that will determine if he is pure of heart. If he isn't, they eat him. If he is, they crawl away.
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The Snake Girl (1974) 

An evil woman throws her adopted sister into a snake pit to die by snake bite, but instead she mates with a snake and gives birth to Snake Girl, who grows up in the snake pit and has a head full of snakes instead of hair.
The Snake Girl
The Snake Pit (1948)

There are no snakes in this movie, but there is a snake pit - one filled with people with mental illness. Sometimes the title is enough...
Screenshot
Soldier (1998) 

A supersoldier is left for dead on a garbage dump planet that's also filled with dangerous snakes. He throws an enemy soldier into a huge pit filled with snakes to kill him.
Soldier
Strange New World (1975)

On post-apocalyptic Earth, snakes roam around the former site of a zoo, and the zoo inhabitants use a pit full of snakes to throw convicted criminals into as capital punishment.
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Thomasine & Bushrod (1974)

A U.S. Marshall tortures an outlaw by hanging him over a snake pit full of rattlesnakes. When he refuses to talk, he cuts the rope to drop him into the pit.
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The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel) (1967)

A woman in a ball gown is forced to stand above a pit full of snakes on a wooden beam that is slowly moving into a wall. When the beam disappears there will be nothing left for her to stand on and she will fall into the snake pit.
Screenshot
Virgin Sacrifice (Fury of the Jungle) (1959)

Snakes are put into a pit that is hidden with branches in order to kill whoever falls into it.
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