‘The Killer Snakes’ has more than enough to crawl under one’s skin

The Killer Snakes

Written by Ni Kuang

Directed by Kuei Chih-Hung

Hong Kong, 1975

The story of a man or woman pushed to the edge of endurance by pressures of their socio-economic status, prejudice, personal enemies, their own past mistakes and plain bad luck and who opt to fight back with disproportionate force has been told many times already. Most people are already pretty familiar with this sort of tale of the outcast who is trampled on, figuratively and literally, only to avenge his lot on the inconsiderate souls who stupidly chose to kick them while they were down. As is so often the case with films’s which tread on familiar territory, the question becomes what the filmmakers can do to freshen things up. The Killer Snakes, from director Kuei Chih-Hung, uses this very idea of a young man standing up for himself and standing on others who did him

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