Written By: Ken Hulsey
Sources: Twitch / Avery Guerra
It has been a long time since we heard anything about the Bollywood horror film "Hisss", which is being directed by Jennifer Lynch and stars the very sexy Mallika Sherawat as the half-human-half-snake, known in Indian folklore as the Nagin.
Now, that the film has been completed, there is once again a huge media buzz about it, and it's exotic star who recently appeared at Cannes with a huge snake in tow to promote it.
As if Sherawat needed a a huge snake to get attention? Anyway, a new trailer for the film has just been released, that looks really good:
As you may remember, Jennifer Lynch wasn't shy about calling her latest film project, "... the greatest horror movie made in the history of cinema, better than Hitchcock, better than 'The Exorcist'”.
That sure got a lot of peoples attention.
So did Sherawat's stories of grueling hours in her snake costume, “It was pure torture (playing the snake), I was in a snake suit for 14 hours and I couldn’t pee! It was raining and it was cold and we had leeches all over. (The director) was like, ‘Mallika, come on, you’ve got to do this.’ I am in this snake suit and I haven’t gone to the loo for 14 hours, but we still had to do (filming). Jennifer [Chambers Lynch] would say to me, ‘Come on, it’s great, come on, woo! woo!’ But she gave me that strength to carry on, despite a lot of complaining (and) crying.”
Ah, sometimes you just have to make sacrifices, and hold your urine, for art.
Here is the synopsis for "Hisss":
The Curse of the Cobra Goddess - anytime man desecrates or violates the cobra, they are doomed to suffer the petrifying curse 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 a 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....
Deep in the jungles of Periyar, the camera snakes through the thick, wet undergrowth, and a woman emerges stark naked at the edge of a tribal village. She's beautiful, but has matted hair, bushy eyebrows and a body covered in mud. She observes a group of tribal women, sneaks into one of their huts, and later appears on the dirt road in clothes stolen from one of them. She has two raw crocodile eggs with her that she swallows whole, regurgitates the shells, and then licks her lips - her tongue is the forked tongue of a snake. She makes it to the nearest township and wanders into a slum where she's lured by two drunken men into their shack. They speak to her, but she seems lost and uncommunicative. They lose patience and pounce on her, tearing off her clothes. Before they know it the lower half of her elongates into a huge snake and wraps around one man. Then, huge fangs appear in her mouth, and in a split second she sinks them into the other man's neck. Her jaws dislocate and her mouth opens wide and she proceeds to swallow him as his friend with her tail coiled around him in a deadly embrace, watches his friend being eaten in horror.
Six days later the stink of rotting flesh intimates the neighbours, and soon after the local cops are on the scene where they find a blue rotting corpse, and a ball of shredded clothes, human hair, and a melted mobile. They immediately call their DSP, who's as perplexed as his cops, and finally the district SSP, Vikram Gupta arrives on the scene. Gupta and his forensics team cannot for the love of God figure out why the killer would stab someone in the neck and then inject him with cobra venom. And what's the deal with the shredded clothes, a melted mobile, burnt with acid, and all the hair on a man's head intact along with the hair follicles? Thus begins his quest for this mysterious killer who leaves a trail of bodies across India with stab wounds and injected with huge amounts of cobra venom.
The snake woman learns fast and rapidly changes her look, clothes and learns to deal with the human world. She tracks down the scientists, wrecks havoc at the animal testing facility, and rescues her mate. But it's too late and he dies in her arms after being subjected to biological testing for months and here begins her quest for vengeance with SSP Gupta hot on her trail. On the way, she encounters various humans and animals including cobras, chickens, cattle, dogs, elephants, camels and a mongoose.
What follows is a chase at breakneck speed, with horrifying deaths, narrow escapes and special effects never seen before in India, as Gupta's Clarice Starling chases down a beautiful sexy killer more dangerous, powerful and terrifying than Hannibal Lecter. This is India's Werewolf, Vampire, and Hannibal the Cannibal, who has an axe to grind with the villainous human race who has dared to desecrate her environment...
And here are the latest photos from the production:
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