Has anyone seen this snakesploitation movie? Spasms is a little cheapie Canadian film starring Oliver Reed and Peter Fonda. Reed must have been on a snake infatuation, as he made this movie back to back with Venom. Reed chews the scenery (perhaps that is why he looks a good 20 pounds overweight in the film) and gives the film way more class than it deserves. To make scenes where you are telepathically linked to a serpent seem believable takes a great knowledge of your craft, that's for sure! Fonda is slumming in the role, and really isn't in the film for more than 8 minutes or so. Definitely just a paycheck for Captain America. For a movie all about a snake, I thought it was funny that you hardly ever see it. Instead of showing the snake, almost all the murders are done in a first person pespective (a la Jaws), except this time with a blue tint. Some of them are actually pretty well done. When they do show the snake (the first time is briefly at 45 minutes) it does look very cool, thanks to makeup by Dick Smith. Some of the effects are really grotesque and reminded me a lot of The Beast Within with all the facial bloating. The snake money shot at the end is pretty good too, although the print I watched was so dark it was tough to see it well. The movie does a good job at setting up the link between Reed and the snake, but completely blows it with the ending. Lore has it that the production ran out of money, so the ending was instead just padded with a bunch of flashbacks. The movie does not wrap up any of the stories it develops. It is instead simply content with having the film end as soon as the snake dies. But even that is not even done with any buildup at all. Still, a fun snake flick, elevated thanks to Oliver Reed giving it is all. Who else wants to show a little Spasms love? And where is the DVD?