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Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid

Theatrical poster
Directed by Dwight H. Little
Produced by Acobus Rose
Verna Harrah
Susan Ruskin
Written by Hans Bauer
Jim Cash
Starring Johnny Messner
KaDee Strickland
Matthew Marsden
Morris Chestnut
Music by Nerida Tyson-Chew
Cinematography Stephen F. Windon
Editing by Marcus D'Arcy
Mark Warner
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Screen Gems
Release date(s) August 27, 2004
Running time 97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25,000,000
Gross revenue $70,992,898
Preceded by Anaconda (1997)
Followed by Anaconda 3: Offspring (2008)

Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid is a 2004 horror/thriller film and sequel to the 1997 film Anaconda. It was directed by Dwight H. Little and was released in the United States on August 27, 2004. The plot of the movie entails a group of explorers looking for a sacred flower that they believe will bring humans a longer and healthier life, or maybe even cure cancer. The origin of the giant anaconda of the first film is also explained. The movie was followed by the made-for-television sequel Anaconda 3: Offspring.



A team of researchers sets off into a jungle in Borneo to search for a "blood orchid", a flower they believe can be used as a type of fountain of youth. Though their guide Bill Johnson (Johnny Messner) has misgivings about which path to take, Jack Byron (Matthew Marsden) bribes him to take the path he doesn't think is safe. The team ends up going over a waterfall and having to wade. through the river. A giant anaconda emerges from the water and swallows one team member whole, while the rest of the team escapes the river. Bill tries to assure them that it was the largest snake he's ever seen and that it should take weeks' for it to grow hungry again, however most of the team demands that the expedition be called off. They decide to travel to the Bill's friend who lives on the river to see if he can borrow his boat.

They find themselves in a small native village consisting of thatched huts where a disemboweled anaconda with a pair of human legs hanging out of the snake's abdomen is displayed. The team realizes that the snakes are unusually large in size because their lives have been extended through the orchids, which are a part of the local food chain. Byron says that since they must be close to the orchids, they should press on. However the others contend that there is no evidence that the orchids will have the same effect on humans and still want to leave, so they start building an escape raft.

Meanwhile, Gordon (Morris Chestnut) discovers Byron's radio and gun and realizes he could have called for help long ago. When Byron is unable to convince him to allow the expedition to continue, so he paralyzes him using a poisonous spider. As Byron joins the others at the raft, Sam (KaDee Strickland) discovers a paralyzed Gordon and notices the spider bite on his arm. An anaconda drops down from the rafters and swallows Gordon alive soon after she leaves the building. The others arrive just as it finishes, so Bill sets the building on fire. Byron uses the commotion to steal the raft.

With no more material to make another raft, they decide to bushwack through the jungle to beat Byron to the orchids and get back their raft. On the way they fall into a cave trying to escape an anaconda. Cole (Eugene Byrd) gets lost and panics after finding a skeleton. He runs into Tran (Karl Yune) and together they make their way back to the others. Along the way, Tran is eaten by an anaconda. The terrified Cole manages to make his way back to the team, escaping the caves behind them seconds ahead of the snake. It follows him through the hole and gets stuck. Sam uses a machete to beheads the snake, but the Cole is captured by another giant anaconda. The team follows and find him being constricted, but still alive. Bill throws his knife and impales the snake through the head, killing it and freeing Cole.

The group finds the raft just as Byron finds the blood orchids, hanging precariously above a pit in which a ball of male anacondas are mating with the queen. Byron shoots bill in the arm, and forces the party to accompany him to the orchids. He has Sam cross the pit via a thin log to fill a backpack with orchids. As she makes her way back, the log starts the crack. Byron orders her to throw him the backpack, but Sam counters to threaten to drop the flowers into the pit unless he drops the gun. The log breaks and she falls, landing halfway down the pit. As the others help her climb out, Byron tries to get the backpack. The spider he used to paralyze Gordon escapes its jar and bites him. Bryon falls into the pit and is devoured, as Sam and the others escape.

The female anaconda notices them, but Gail (Salli Richardson) tricks it into biting their fuel container. Bill tries to shoot the container, but the gun is empty. Cole shoots it with a flare, causing a chain reaction that kills the snakes. Bill, Sam, Cole, and Gail make it back to the raft and leave.


The film debuted second in the box office for the week, grossing $12,812,287[1]. It averaged $4,410 at 2,905 sites, and earned a total domestic gross ticket sales of $32,238,923[2]. Worldwide, the film grossed $70,992,898[2] The film received primarily negative reviews from critics. The review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes reported that the film received 26% positive reviews, based on 114 reviews.[3] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 40 out of 100, based on 28 reviews.[4]


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