Is it me, or does Jennifer Chambers Lynch have a thing for legless women?
Here’s the trailer for Hisss, the new film by Ms. Lynch, daughter of weirdmeister David. The last film of hers that I saw was an unmitigated disaster, a twisted trainwreck of near-epic proportions, and the film that virtually capsized Sherilynn Fenn’s career. I speak, of course, of the quadruple-amputee-in-a-glass-box classic, 1993’sBoxing Helena. Yikes.
Anyway, Ms. Lynch has been relatively quiet since then, until now. She’s got a movie that’s debuted at Cannes back in May, and is being released this Friday (in India). No idea when it’s coming to the rest of the world, but after watching the trailer, I am strangely fascinated by it. The trailer’s been around for quite some time, but the marketing for the film’s been virtually nonexistent in the US, which is a shame, because it’s strangely riveting, in a bizarre, creepy-as-fuck way. It’s got some seriously freaky imagery, and I am very interested in it. Here’s the (rather lengthy) synopsis:
The curse of the Cobra Goddess- anytime man desecrates or violates the cobra, they are doomed to suffer the petrifying curser of the snake woman, of death and infertility. Only respect and worship can keep the population safe and the women fertile.
Over 4000 years ago the inhabitants of the Indus Valley sculpted the image of the shape shifting snake. These half cobras, half human creatures were said to inhabit an awesome, mysterious temple, made of material unknown to mankind, deep within the jungles, far, far away in the legendary spice forests of the Malabar Coast. Children grew up hearing about the story recounted to their grandfathers, by their forefathers about an ancestor, who had journeyed to the edge of the world, and came back to recount a frightening story about the Snake Goddess and her mate… and from here the legend travelled across India, and the far east along the silk route - passed on from generation to generation for thousands of years until this day.
It is the year 2008, an American man, named George, packing high tech gear, and evil intentions, makes the arduous journey into the heart of the forbidden forest. He captures a male cobra the size of large python when he’s at his weakest, while mating. Little does he realize when they embark on testing this mysterious creature in their high-tech lab, what horror and destruction awaits him
Yeah, why the Hell wouldn’t I see it? Check the trailer below. A warning — it’s a little squicky, particularly the beginning. And it’s got a bit of bare heiny for you pearl-clutchers.
As a bonus, courtesy of Twitch, here’s a behind the scenes featurette with Robert Kurtzman’s Precinct 13 SFX lab, who did much of the special effects. It’s… interesting.