Behold Jennifer Lynch's Snake Woman! The Trailer For HISSS, With Mallika Sherawat, Arrives!

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Behold Jennifer Lynch's Snake Woman!  The Trailer For HISSS, With Mallika Sherawat, Arrives!

[Trailer removed at producer's request.]

It has been a strange and winding road for Jennifer Lynch of late. Likely forever destined to be known as 'David's daughter', Lynch first came to popular attention as the author of Twin Peaks spin off book Laura Palmer's Diary before enlisting daddy David to produce her directorial debut, Boxing Helena. Helena, of course, tanked so badly that Lynch dropped off the radar for several years, only really reappearing last year with Surveillance, which still proved very divisive but also much more successful than Helena. And now? Before Surveillance had hit screens it was announced that for her third feature Lynch was heading to India to shoot a Bollywood fantasy-horror titled Hisss, a film based on old legends about snake woman with Bollywood starlet Mallika Sherawat in the lead, snakey role.

We've been waiting for more ever since but have had to content ourselves with a few shots of Sherawat in the snake makeup designed by legendary effects man Robert Kurtzman along with reports from the recent Fango con in LA where Lynch, Sherawat and Kurtzman showed clips from the film to crowds. But no more! It's smaller than I'd like but the first trailer for the picture has just arrived and we've got it! It plays out entirely without dialogue but it does answer a few questions:

First, this looks to be - rather surprisingly - the most commercially minded film Lynch has made thus far. This could easily play to crowds. Big ones.

Second, while there looks to be a bit of a romantic element to it this is a creature film through and through. Big monster carnage? You bet.

Third, Kurtzman has done himself proud. The effects are excellent.

And fourth, Bollywood fans flocking to the theater to see Sherawat on screen are going to see rather a lot of her, if you catch my meaning. While the trailer stops short of actual nudity there is rather a lot more skin on display than is common in Bollywood films, where female stars are expected to walk a tightrope between being 'pretty' and being overtly sexual.

Hopefully we'll have a higher res version soon but in the mean time, check the first trailer for Hisss below the break!

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kungfueurotrashApril 28, 2009 3:50 AM

Me likey very muchy, naked scaled woman with hissing tongue, hubba hubba hubba...

kosisApril 28, 2009 5:18 AM

Or it's just a movie about a woman that's half snake.

GeekOfEvilApril 28, 2009 5:26 AM


Analyse the film when you've seen it man. I hate hyper-bole just as much as anyone else, especially the ass-kissers at AICN, but over the top cynicism is just as bad.

If a trailer can cause a reaction like that, why do you watch movies in the first place?

panikApril 28, 2009 5:54 AM

Thanks afro...i haven't laughed so hard in ages :)
ya daft femboy

Todd BrownApril 28, 2009 6:00 AM

Afro: take a minute and google 'naga' or 'nagin' legends. There are LOADS of them, it's a major image in myth and legend throughout that entire region. There was a Thai naga film this year as well (Deep In The Jungle) that I quite enjoyed.

EmmittApril 28, 2009 6:07 AM

I don't want to believe that afro is being serious. I don't want to.

Afro SamuraiApril 28, 2009 7:39 AM

bonous points to whomever can tell me where the name G'mork is from =)

JinhaApril 28, 2009 9:12 AM

Neverending Story

IllogicApril 28, 2009 5:56 PM

G'mork scared the crap out of me as a child.

As for the trailer, it looks pretty damned interesting. It's like a weresnake instead of a werewolf,and with the sexy aspects of vampires.
I like. And you could probably draw some parallels to the snake in the garden of Eden if you so wish, though that depends on what the lore of the naga actually contains, I suppose.

IscariotApril 28, 2009 8:41 PM

Naga please.

MetrogenicApril 28, 2009 9:37 PM

Afro, I'll hand it to you. That was a pretty successful effort at trolling. I'd say about 60% of me believed you were serious, because you hit pretty damn close to the mark of someone who would actually buy in to what you were saying. Hats off to you.

rustdogApril 29, 2009 12:57 AM

I'm getting a Lair of the White Worm vibe from this. Never thought about snake porn till now.

Agent WaxApril 29, 2009 10:37 AM

Todd, the link is dead. Video deleted.

Ard VijnApril 29, 2009 5:08 PM

Aw crap, I didn't even see the trailer yet and it's already gone!

Afro, I remember that spat you had over Watchmen, so I recognized your post as a spoof (and had to laugh while I was drinking coffee, ouch). But please don't keep pouncing on that one discussion, the other person was certainly lively but no G'mork, so try not to be one one yourself.

I actually think Watchmen accomplished the impossible in the way it compressed the story, but dropped the ball on some of the nuances so I understand (and sympathize with, up to a point) the criticism he/she had on the film.

As for this one, BRING IT ON!
Career-wise I think this is actually a good choice: Jennifer Lynch may not be the strongest or most popular director, but if there is one genre where we grudgingly forgive a lot it is "Creature Features With Pretty Women In It"!