Freeze Frame #117: Basilisk

I haven’t even heard of this movie before, and probably would never have heard of it had it not been showing on HBO. Clearly, the channel holds a dim view of the viewership on a Saturday afternoon.

I am not sure what the plot is, an frankly, I don’t much care. It involves some hidden treasure and an ancient creature, the basilisk of the title, brought back to life and wreaking havoc on an American city, probably NY. As it always does, the plot involves an evil scientist/researcher who puts the treasure above all else and pays the price, a grim army/police chief who comes in with loads of firepower and realizes quite soon that it isn’t remotely sufficient, a geeky-but-handsome hero, his sidekicks (including a woman who finds time to fall for him while running for her life)…

As it happens, the evil scientist character gets her comeuppance when the basilisk finds her. Clearly, ancient creatures who stayed dormant for centuries have sex on their minds all the time, because the first thing it does is rip off her dress, leaving her in her underwear. (And quite nice underwear it is, too.) Her instinctive reaction, upon being confronted by a horny basilisk that could very likely kill her?

That was original Versace!

Basiliks don’t like being called on their poor fashion sense, it seems. So it eats her up.

Every once in a while, I wonder why I am in love with the movies. Then something like this comes along, and the world makes sense again. Beautiful!

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6 thoughts on “Freeze Frame #117: Basilisk

  1. Ha ha, maybe it was some twisted product placement gimmick. 😛

    Wow, not another snake movie… There seem to be so many that I’ve stopped counting.

  2. You know, I hadn’t thought of the product placement angle at all! What do you think Versace paid to have that line in that movie? Alternatively, what did Armani pay the producers to use Versace’s name? 🙂

    ~r

  3. Pradeep,

    Nice link, thanks!

    Doesn’t The Truman Show mock product placement a bit, especially in how Laura Linney speaks, and how those two guys corner Truman next to some billboard or poster every day?

    And then, there’s IPL. Like greatbong and krishashok put it so well, the day isn’t far off before we see Viagra Standout Performer mentioned in the commentary.

    ~r

  4. S says:

    My favorite bit was this:

    Clearly, ancient creatures who stayed dormant for centuries have sex on their minds all the time. Her instinctive reaction upon being confronted by a horny basilisk that could very well kill her?

    “That was original Versace!” 😛

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