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Swamp Thing (1982)
 
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This is a horror sci-fi movie with a strange romance thread and a snake used as a weapon. It was made by Wes Craven, who also scared us with "The Hills Have Eyes," "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and the "Scream" movies. This one is more of a beauty-and-the beast story that's based on some DC comics. Adrienne Barbeau is Alice Cable, a government worker who is hired to go to a swamp to work for Dr. Holland (Ray Wise), who immediately pounces on her. Besides being a sexual predator, he's a scientist who is trying to develop a plant with an animal's aggressive power for survival so he can develop genetically modified foods that will grow in hostile areas to help solve world famine. It doesn't exactly work out that way thanks to a Bond villain named Arcane (Louis Jourdan) who sends his gang of thugs to steal the solution Holland and his assistants have developed along with the formula for it (which he uses to turn himself into a monster.) Trying to protect the solution, Dr. Holland accidentally blows himself up and transforms into the Swamp Thing, a giant superhero plant monster with the ability to re-grow arms and to bring dead people back to life. Turning into the Jolly Green Giant didn't take away his lust for Cable, but fortunately we don't see any pollination attempts by Holland.

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Early on in the movie we see a man being chased through a swamp by some armed thugs. He works with Holland but I never figured out exactly who he is. When they catch him, a couple of the thugs hold him down while their leader Ferret (David Hess) pulls a venomous snake out of the front pocket of his fatigues. That's right, he's been running around the swamp with a deadly snake in his pants pocket. He must have heard the phrases "trouser snake" and "a python in his pants" and thought they sounded like fun. Ferret is a bad-ass, no doubt about it, but he's also a psycho, because it would have been a lot easier to just shoot the man instead of carrying around a dangerous snake to torture him with. Ferret holds the snake's head up to scare the man and smirks. His face is as terrifying as the snake. Then he puts the snake's fangs into the man's face. The poor guy grimaces and then drops dead to become gator food. Snake venom tends to work that quickly in movies, unlike in real life.

The snake is a harmless water snake but it's playing the part of a venomous cottonmouth, a common swamp viper. Water snakes may not be venomous, but they have a nasty disposition and like to bite and crap all over anyone who picks them up, so they're not the kind of snake a sane person would ever want to keep in their pocket.