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Snakes Used as Weapons in Movies


This is an alphabetical list of movies with snakes used as weapons in them, taken from the main Snakes in Movies List.

In these films, snakes are intentionally used to defend a space or to attack, punish, threaten, or kill someone.
(Including self-inflicted injury and suicides.)

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

Spoiler Alert !

Some of these pictures and descriptions may give away plot details that you might not want to know before watching a film.

 
Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1986)

In a comic scene, a woman trying to avoid getting abducted by a man throws a basket at him, not knowing that it was full of snakes. She quickly decides to use them as weapons, commanding them to attack. They ignore her command, and the bad guy knows they're harmless anyway.
Allan Quatermain Screenshot

Allan Quatermain Screenshot
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 forcing him into a pit full of rattlesnakes that was made by one of his men.
Angel of Vengeance Screenshot
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)  

Two men try to kill him, then hide in a pit, so Cable throws rattlesnakes into the pit to force them out.
Ballad of Cable Hogue
The Big Doll House (1971) 

A sadistic guard at a women's prison keeps snakes in her office and uses a cobra to torture female prisoners.
The Big Doll House
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.
Screenshot
The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968)

Fu Manchu makes an army of beautiful female assassins by forcing them to be bitten by venomous snakes. The snake bite gives them the power to kill a man with a kiss.
The Blood of Fu Manchu
Bride of the Gorilla (1951) 

A man intentionally knocks another man down next to a snake that bites him and kills him.
Bride of the Gorilla
Bruka Queen of Evil (1973)

An evil old snake woman and her young Medusa-haired ancestor use snakes to kill people.
Bruka Queen of Evil
Chandu the Magician (1932) 

Chandu turns the rifles of three gunmen into snakes and they run away in horror.
This might be the only example of weapons that are turned into snakes that are used as weapons against the original weapons holders that I know of.
Capricorn One
Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)

A Cobra is dropped onto Charlie Chan's bed to kill him.
Charlie Chan at the Circus
Chato's Land (1972)   

Charles Bronson hurls a rattlesnake off a hill onto a bad guy. End of bad guy.
Chato's Land
Circus of Horrors (1960)

A circus performer who threatens to expose the criminal past of her boss, finds a deadly snake on the floor of her trailer, put there to kill her.
Circus of Horrors Screenshot
Cleopatra (1934)

Cleopatra commits suicide by holding an asp to her breast.
Cleopatra 1934
Cleopatra (1963)  

Cleopatra commits suicide by putting her hand in a basket that holds an asp.
Cleopatra 1999
Cleopatra (1999)

Cleopatra commits suicide by holding an asp to her breast.
Cleopatra 1999
Cold Creek Manor (2003)

Somebody fills a house with snakes to terrorize a family.
Cold Creek Manor
Collateral Damage (2002)

A guerilla soldier who made a mistake is forced to swallow a snake as punishment.

Collateral Damage Screenshot
Color of Night (1994)  - Bruce Willis finds a rattlesnake that someone put in his mail box. Color of Night
Conan the Barbarian (1982)  

Thulsa Doom, the evil head of a murderous snake cult, turns his snakes into arrows and shoots them with a bow, killing whoever is struck by them. Then they turn back into snakes.
Conan the Barbarian
Cowboy (1958)  

A cowboy finds a rattlesnake at their campsite so he picks it up with a stick and throws it at someone as a joke. Then it gets thrown back and forth until somebody gets bit.
Cowboy
The Craft (1996)  

A high school witch conjures up thousands of snakes to torment a girl who has had terrifying hallucinations of snakes.

The Craft
Creature with the Blue Hand (1967)

An evil psychiatric doctor kills a woman with a snake and fills a room with snakes to force another woman to do what he wants.
Creature with the Blue Hand
Crocodile Dundee II (1988)

As part of his tactics to terrorize a group of gangsters who are hunting Dundee and his girlfriend, Dundee sneaks into their camp at night and throws a bag holding a large harmless python at the sentry, who was sleeping.
Devil Woman
Curse of the Yellow Snake (Der Fluch der gelben Schlange) (1963)

A man opens a package delivered to him to find a deadly snake that someone put there to kill him.
Curse of the Yellow Snake
Dark Tide (1994) 

A woman releases a bunch of captive sea snakes into a tub. Later she pushes a man who is trying to hurt her into the tub and he is bitten multiple times then dies.
Dark Tide
Death on the Nile (1978)

Detective Poirot finds a live cobra in his bathroom, put there to kill him.

Screenshot
The Devil's Brigade (1968) 

A rattlesnake is put under a soldier's bedcovers in a prank that could have had serious consequences.
The Devil's Brigade
Devil Woman (1970) 

A woman with snakes growing out of her head can control other snakes and uses them to kill people.
Devil Woman
Distant Drums (1951)

Gary Cooper holds a rattlesnake's open mouth in the face of an Indian to torture him.
Distant Drums
Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)

Kulkan, the medicine man of the Quetzamals, a supposedly-extinct tribe that lives in a hidden valley in South America, kills people with "The Green Death" - deadly magic green snakes that can crawl through the air to strike at their victims, killing them quickly. The magic snakes are made by using the venom of live green snakes.
Doc Savage Screenshot

Doc Savage Screenshot
Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)  

Criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse milks a viper's venom to use in a poison he uses to kill people.
Dr. Mabuse
Double Exposure (1983)

A psycho-killer photographer puts a rattlesnake in a bag and ties it to a woman's head until she is bitten and dies.
The Killer Snakes
Dragnet (1987)

A woman is abducted, dressed in a bridal gown, then thrown into a pool of water to be a human sacrifice to a hungry Anaconda.
Dragnet
Drunken Master II (The Legend of Drunken Master) (1994)

A young woman who sells snakes in an outdoor food market in China fills bags with her snakes then throws the snakes at soldiers, to scare them and make them drop their guns.

 

Drunken Master 2 Screenshot
The Dude Ranger (1934)

A cowboy drops a rattlesnake onto a sleeping man's bed to try to kill him.
The Dude Ranger
Eaten Alive! (1980)

Cobra venom is put on darts that are used to kill people.
Eaten Alive
Enter the Devil (1972) 

Torch-carrying cult members throw people into a pit full of rattlesnakes to get rid of them.
Enter the Devil
Enter the Dragon (1973)

This is a rare example of a snake being used as a weapon that could actually have happened. Bruce Lee finds a venomous cobra left as a weapon to guard a doorway. (That part is not believable.) Lee catches the snake, puts it into a bag, then releases into a room to scare two men and force them out so he can go into the room. (This part is totally possible.)
Screenshot
Escort West (1958) 

A man picks up a rattlesnake and throws it around the neck of an Indian warrior who is chasing him.
Escort West

Escort West
Eva Nera (1976) 

A collector keeps some deadly snakes in cages. His brother uses the snakes to kill women.
Eva Nera
Fair Game (1988) (Mamba)  

A man tries to kill his ex-girlfriend by releasing a Black Mamba inside her house, then locking her inside.
Fair Game
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

Grindelwald waves his wand to make two giant snakes appear to strike at one of the men keeping him prisoner.
Fantastic Beasts Screenshot
Fire Down Below (1997) 

When some goons put rattlesnakes in his room to kill him, Steven Segal returns the favor and fills their truck with rattlesnakes.
Fire Down Below
The Fortune (1975) 

Two fools buy a rattlesnake planning to use it to kill a woman so they can inherit her fortune.
The Fortune
The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

A man intentionally throws a rock at a snake on a branch to knock it down onto the head of his enemy.
The Gods Must Be Crazy
Gold of the Amazon Women (1979)

The worst fake rubber snake ever put on film jumps out of a suitcase in a failed murder attempt. In another scene, a snake kills a jungle guide.
Screenshot
Golden Needles (1974)

A man pours boxes full of snakes onto a floor to stop a thief from escaping.
Golden Needles Screenshot
Gunga Din (1939)  

Indian cultists torture a British soldier by threatening to throw him into a snake pit.
gunga din
Hard Target (1993)  

Jean-Claude Van Damme punches a rattlesnake in the face then makes a trap with it to kill one of the men who is hunting him. That works.
Hard Target
Hercules (2014)

Goddess Hera is angry that her husband Zeus fathered a child with a mortal woman. She sends snakes out of the eyes of a statue of herself to kill baby Hercules, but he easily kills them.
Hercules Screenshot
The Hills Have Eyes (1977) 

A girl picks up a rattlesnake and makes it bite a man who is trying to kill another man.
The Hills Have Eyes
Holes (2003)  

A boy intentionally gets himstlf bitten by a rattlesnake in order to get out of a prison camp in the desert where he digs holes all day.
Holes
Horns (2013) 

A man accused of murdering his girlfriend, grows devil horns and finds snakes around him that he can use as weapons.
Horns
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 snake pit full of snakes left there to guard the Ark.
Indiana Jones
Jennifer (1978)  

Jennifer can control snakes with her mind and make them kill people.
Jennifer
Joshua (aka Black Rider) (1976) 

A man drops a rattlesnake over a cliff onto another man who is bitten by the snake and dies.
Joshua
Jungle Book (1942)

The king's treasure chamber in a lost city is guarded by a talking cobra.
Jungle Book
The Jungle Book (1994)

The treasure room in a monkey temple is guarded by a giant snake.
Screenshot
Jungle Cruise (2021)

An ancient Spanish explorer is bitten by a venomous snake then cursed to be made out of snakes. He can use the snakes to attack and kill.
Screenshot
Screenshot
The Kid Brother (1927)  

Harold Lloyd picks up a stick to fight with, not knowing that there's a snake coiled around it. When his enemy sees the snake, he turns around and runs.
Kid Brother
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

Elle Driver hides a black mamba inside a suitcase full of cash so that when Budd starts counting the money, the deadly snake is uncovered and quickly bites him in the face killing him.
Kill Bill
The Killer Snakes (She sha shou) (1975) 

A bullied man uses his pet snakes to kill his tormentors.
The Killer Snakes

Labyrinth (1986) 

The Goblin King turns his crystal ball into a snake then throws it around the neck of a teenage girl to warn her to forget about finding her stolen baby brother. The snake wraps around her neck, then turns into a scarf.

Labyrinth
Last of the Clintons (1935)

A man puts a rattlesnake in a cabin to kill a man, but it kills a different man instead. That's a common problem when you try to use a venomous snake as a weapon...
Last of the Clintons
Live and Let Die (1973)

A criminal gang uses Voodoo cult assassins who kill people with snakes.
Live and Let Die
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
Maverick (1994)

Maverick is tied up on a horse with a noose around his neck that is tied to a tree branch. Just in case he escapes hanging to death, his captors drop a bag full of rattlesnakes on the ground below him.
Maverick
Meltdown (High Risk) (Shu dan long wei) (1995) 

A terrorist throws dozens of deadly snakes at a woman to force her to do what he wants.
Meltdown
The Mighty Quinn (1989) 

Snakes from a local witch's collection are used to kill people.
The Mighty Quinn

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

Rattlesnake venom is put into a hollow-tipped bullet to make sure whoever is shot with it dies.

3 Idiots
The Missing (2003) 

An Indian witch hangs rattlesnakes from trees and uses their venom in his magic to murder people.
The Missing
Mojin: The Worm Valley [Yun nan chong gu] (2018)

A giant monster snake guards the tomb of an ancient Emperor that holds the solution to an age old curse.
Screenshot
Moonraker (1979)  

James Bond is thrown into a pool to fight off a giant python while beautiful women stand around watching.
Moonraker
The Mummy Returns (2001)

A re-incarnated Egyptian princess has a killer Asp and uses it against people.

The Mummy Returns
Murder by Death (1976) 

A snake is put in Charlie Chan's bedroom to kill him and his son, but Chan shoots it first.
Murder by Death
Murders in the Zoo (1933) 

A jealous husband kills his rivals with venom from a severed snake head, making it look like a snake bit them.
Murders in the Zoo
Nadine (1987)   

A box full of rattlesnakes used by a snake-handling cult is used as a threat. Also, a woman finds a rattlesnake that was put in her bed to kill her.
Nadine
The Naked Prey (1965)  

An elephant hunter cheats an African tribe. As punishment, they tie him up on the ground next to a cobra that is trapped inside a burning ring of wood with only one way out - right into the man's face.
The Naked Prey
Natural Born Killers (1994)  

A Navajo man is murdered, so he gets revenge by filling a field full of rattlesnakes that bite his murderers.
Natural Born Killers
Never Say Never Again (1983) 

A female spy throws her pet Boa Constrictor into a man's car causing him to lose control and crash into a wall.




Never Say Never Again
Next of Kin (1989) 

"Snakeman" is a Kentucky Hillbilly who drives his bus full of pet snakes to Chicago to use them in a battle between hillbillies and mobsters.
Next of Kin
Once Upon a Time in America (Extended Director's Cut) (1984)

Shakespeare's Cleopatra commits suicide by snakebite.
Screenshot
Paul Temple Returns (Bombay Waterfront) (1952) IMDB

This British mystery is the last in a series of four films about the amateur detective Paul Temple. Here he searches for a serial killer who is terrorizing London using the name "The Marquis."

A snake (a large python) is left in a room to guard it from intruders. It's really just a plot device to enable the hero to shoot at the floor. He misses the snake, but breaks the floor tile the snake was crawling on, exposing a secret hiding place that the snake is protecting.

Using a snake as a guard is a nice exotic addition to a movie but in reality it's a bad idea because snakes will typically try to hide, unlike a guard dog.

(Thanks to the person who sent me the picture and told me about the movie.)
The Born Fighter
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (2010)  

Medusa has a head full of snakes that will turn you to stone if you look at them.
Percy Jackson
The Perils of Pauline (1914) 

A Gypsy woman hides a snake under flowers in a basket and gives it to a woman hoping it will bite her and kill her. Her boyfriend finds it and whips the snake to death.
The Perils of Pauline
Phobia (1980) 

A man is treated for his fear of snakes by being forced to touch them. Then he is murdered by a rattlesnake bite.
Phobia
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Blackbeard's daughter picks up a venomous snake and holds it in Jack Sparrow's face, but leaves him unharmed.
Pirates of the Caribbean Screenshot
The Player (1992) 

A movie studio executive receives a post card with a rattlesnake on it. Later he discovers a real rattlesnake in his SUV that someone put there to scare him or kill him.
The Player
Posse from Hell (1961) 

A group of murdering escaped convicts kidnap a woman then leave her tied up next to a rattlesnake.
Posse From Hell
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

An evil assasin can control snakes to use them as weapons.
Prince of Persia
Race With the Devil (1975) 

Rattlesnakes are put inside a Winnebago to kill some campers.
Race With the Devil
The Rattlesnake (1913)

As two men fight over a woman, one is accidentally killed by a rattlesnake. The surviving man catches the snake and keeps it at his home. After the woman he loves marries another man, the man puts the rattlesnake in her husband's bed to try to kill him.


Rattlesnake
The Resurrection of Jake The Snake (2015)

A broken down wrestler named Jake The Snake who used snakes in the ring against his opponents, fights addiction and physical decripitude.
Jake The Snake
The Rhythm Section (2020)

A giant syringe full of a deadly snake venom is used as a murder weapon.
Screenshot
River's End (2005)

A boy listens to his high school science teacher talk about poisonous snakes used as weapons: "Poisonous snakes have been used throughout history as weapons to kill. Placed in strategic locations at certain times they have been known to be quite effective. They've also been used as watchdogs or sentinels. You put one in your safe, no one's gonna steal the family jewels."

After that some boys bully him with a snake put in his face then down his pants.

Later, when the boy is put in a situation where he needs something to subdue two bad men, he catches a rattlesnake and hides it in a bag to be used as a weapon to bite a man on his face and kill him. And that works. (Another man is injured by a scorpion put in his boot.)
River's End Screenshot

River's End Screenshot

River's End Screenshot
RRR (2022)

A captive man catches a snake in his hands which are tied behind his back. When his torturer returns he throws the snake at him and it bites him on the arm.
RRR Screenshot
The Scorpion King (2002)

Evil conqueror Memnon suspects that his sorceress has lost her psychic powers. To prove that she hasn't lost them, he tells his henchmen to hide four venomous snakes inside six urns. She has to put her hand in only the urns that are empty, or die by snakebite. She tricks him and uses one of the snakes to attack him. Later he knocks over the urns to let the snakes get out to attack a swordfighting opponent.
The Scorpion King
Shadow of the Hawk (1976) 

The ghost of a Native American shaman dances around with a deadly snake then uses her magic to send it to another shaman to bite him.
Shadow of the Hawk
Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)

Sherlock Holmes finds a hidden compartment that holds a priceless necklace guarded by a snake.
Screenshot
Shotgun (1955) 

Apaches tie a man to the stakes with rawhide that slowly tightens, gradually pulling him closer to a rattlesnake that is tied to another stake near his head.
Shotgun
Shotgun Stories (2007)

A man uses a Cottonmouth to kill a dog that belongs to his half brother, and doing so, escalates a family feud to violence and bloodshed.
Shotgun Stories
The Snake Girl (1974) 

An evil woman throws her adopted sister into a snake pit to die but she mates with a snake and gives birth to Snake Girl.
The Snake Girl
Snakes (aka Fangs) (1974)  

An old snake collector kills off his enemies with venomous snakes that he throws at them.
Fangs
Soldier (1998) 

A supersoldier is left for dead on a planet that is filled with deadly snakes. He throws an enemy soldier into a huge pit filled with snakes to kill him.
Soldier
The Speckled Band (1931) 

Sherlock Holmes solves a mystery involving a venomous snake that has been used to kill a woman.
The Speckled Band
Sssssss (1973)

A mad scientist kills his enemies with snakes - Black Mambas and giant pythons.
Sssssss
Stanley (1972)  

Tim uses his pet rattlesnake named Stanley to kill people on his command.
Stanley
Strange New World (1975)

On post-apocalyptic Earth, the people who inhabit the former site of a zoo throw people into a pit full of deadly snakes as a form of capital punishment.
Screenshot
The Tall Texan (1953) 

A man shoots a rattlesnake, then picks it up and uses it to whip another man.
The Tall Texan
Texas Across the River (1966) 

A Comanche medicine man plans to kill a woman with rattlesnakes in a death ceremony.
Texas Across The River
The Thief of Bagdad (1924) 

A snake kept inside an orb on top of a scepter is used as a murder weapon.
Thief of Baghdad
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.
Screenshot
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
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

Hyde gets revenge on a man he's jealous of by locking him in a room with a snake that kills him.
The 2 Faces of Dr. Jekyll
Virgin Sacrifice (Fury of the Jungle) (1959)

Snakes are thrown into a snake pit to kill anyone who falls in.
3 Idiots
We're No Angels (1955) 

Three escaped convicts carry around a pet viper that kills people.
We're No Angels
White Line Fever (1975)  

Greedy corporate truckers try to kill an independent trucker by putting a rattlesnake in his truck.
White Line Fever
Wild Cactus (1993) 

A man stranded in the desert puts a rattlesnake in a bag. He goes back home then tells his kidnapper he can find what he wants in the bag. The kidnapper puts his hand in the bag and the snake bites him. End of kidnapper.
Wild Cactus
Wind Across the Everglades (1958)

An outlaw poacher named Cottonmouth carries a pet venomous snake in his pocket that he thows at people when he needs them to die of "natural causes."
Wind Across the Everglades
Women in Cages (1971) 

A woman tries to kill her cellmate with a snake she finds crawling through the bars of their prison window.
Women In Cages
Yellowneck (1955)

A man terrorizes another man who is afraid of snakes with a harmless rat snake.
Yellowneck


















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