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Eaten Alive! (1980)
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"Trapped in a jungle of crazy flesh eaters! The terrifying nightmare that became reality!""

There are several interesting snake scenes in this cannibal film that's part of the horror subgenre known as Cannibal Films, made mostly by Italian filmmakers in the 1970s and 1980s. I haven't seen many of them, but I'm sure that, like this one, most of them contain lots of female nudity, rape, torture, brainwashing, castration, drugging, decapitation, disemboweling, and lots of cannibalism - with "cannibals" cutting off body parts and eating them while the victim is still alive (as the title of this film promises.) It's all intended to shock and disgust you, and it might, if you lose your sense of disbelief enough to forget that it's all make-up and special effects. What I found more disgusting than the fake cannibalism was several scenes of live animals being killed and dismembered, one of the shocking subjects this Italian exploitation genre is known for. Here we see a live crocodile, a live monitor lizard, and a live snake all being killed with knives. I don't show any of those scenes here. Some of the animal cruelty scenes in this are also used in other cannibal films, such as the python eating a monkey scene, the snake fighting a bird scene, and the cannibals eating green snakes scene, all of which were used previously in Slave of the Cannibal God (1978).

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When the main characters Sheila and Mark arrive at a villiage in New Guinea, they are taken and locked in a room. Sheila sees a basket and opens it exposing a cobra. Mark simply puts the basket lid back on. But then they get the brilliant idea to kill the cobras, leave the basket opened, and lie down on the floor as if they both died from cobra bites. When the man who imprisoned them comes in, he thinks they are dead so Mark is able to knock him down and grab his gun.

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When Mark and Sheila are in a boat on the river they see a python killing and eating a monkey. This is a disturbing clip, with lots of close-up shots of the monkey's head, eyes open, in the mouth of the snake. It's the same scene we see in Slave of the Cannibal God (1978).

When Mark and Sheila are camped in the jungle at night, Mark freaks out because he sees a snake on a branch, but nothing comes of it.

In another scene, Mark climbs a tree to hide from some cannibals and sees another snake on a branch. Again, nothing happens.

As part of his brainwashing of Sheila, Jonas, the cult leader, cuts a live snake and drains his blood. What he does with the blood to Sheila is too horrible to describe here.

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Mark spies on some cannibals in a cave reaching into a large bowl of green water and pulling out thin green snakes which they rip apart with their teeth and eat alive. This scene is also taken from Slave of the Cannibal God (1978).

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When Mark and Sheila get to a village hidden in the jungle where Jonas has brought his followers, they watch some men pick up and milk a cobra of its venom then put the venom on the tip of a blow-gun dart. The movie begins with several poison-dart murders in New York, and typical of movie snake venom, it kills people impossibly fast, almost immediately after they are struck by the dart.

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There are two scenes of snakes fighting - a mongoose fighting a cobra, and what looks like a mangrove snake fighting a large bird. We don't see the outcome of either of those fights. The snake fighting a bird scene is taken from Slave of the Cannibal God (1978). (Or it could be library footage that both films paid to use.)