Sunday, April 02, 2006

Much to everyone's surprise, Snakes on a Plane has become the most unexpected cultural event of the year and it won't even be in theaters until August. I imagine most of you by now have heard of this too-ridiculous-to-be-true movie starring Samuel L. Jackson. And yes, Snakes on a Plane, I repeat, Snakes on a Plane is the actual title of the film, no joke. That says it all. But if the title alone doesn't do it for you, just take a long look at this poster and read this succinct description to understand the mounting anticipation.

On board a flight over the Pacific Ocean, an assassin, bent on killing a passenger who's a witness in protective custody, lets loose a crate full of deadly snakes.

Give it all a chance to sink in, and then go to Snakes on a Blog for an impressive array of songs, videos, posters, artwork, t-shirts, hats, etc. all created by excited (and mocking) fans of the upcoming release. Click here for one hilarious example of songwriting inspired by the film posted on Hollywood Elsewhere. The camp-factor on Snakes is incredible, so much so that you have to wonder about the original intent of the filmmakers. Is Snakes the epitome of vacant, Hollywood machinery taken to an absurd extreme or rather a brilliant and deliberate maneuver by Samuel L. and company to mock Hollywood and build a huge groundswell of buzz via the internet? The answer doesn't matter, of course. By now everyone involved with the production, including Samuel L. Jackson himself, is in on the joke and will rake in the cash regardless of how it actually plays. But I do know this, there are Snakes on a motherfuckin' Plane and I'm gonna be there opening day to see 'em.

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