Rattlesnake is a film which comes written and directed by Zak Hilditch and stars Carmen Ejogo and Apollonia Pratt. It’s a horror film about a mother and daughter whose life gets turned upside down by a snake bite and a deal with a stranger.
In recent weeks I’ve become quite fond of these Netflix original horror films. They’re not necessarily great and they always seem like low budget ventures. But gosh they are fun to watch on a Saturday morning. Last week we all saw Eli and it’s alright and this week we get to see Rattlesnake.
Rattlesnake is a movie with a really simple plot. The mother and daughter are out travelling. They stop on the side of the road in the middle of a desert and the daughter gets bitten by a snake. To save her, the mother encounters a strange woman (the devil) and makes a deal that if she can get another soul by sun down then the daughter can live. It goes from there and things get a little scary.
The only really complaint I have about this film is that the mother who is really just an ordinary citizen comes across as overly nice throughout the whole film. She’s too nice! That’s all. It’s not bad but she doesn’t change much. The story is okay and it will keep the audience entertained for the 90 minutes. But like last week’s Eli, which actually had similar themes within it revolving around the devil. Rattlesnake can be scary, but also sometimes a little silly.
Do I think it should be watched this weekend? I think so. At the moment, if you’re like me then you’ve seen most of the programming on Netflix already. Things like Rattlesnake come along throughout the month and they’re an interesting watch for one weekend, but nothing more. I’m probably not going to watch Rattlesnake ever again, but on a Saturday morning if you’ve got a spare 90 minutes, it’s actually fairly good entertainment, it’s just not the best movie, but I enjoy these types of releases. It’s a little scary in some parts and the biblical themes will make some people uncomfortable but that’s horror films are meant to do. I had a good time with this one and I’m happy to recommend giving it a go on Netflix this weekend.