Black Snake Moan

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Everything is hotter down south. God-fearing bluesman Lazarus (Jackson) finds himself a sex-crazed woman (Ricci) who, as a victim of childhood abuse, has becoming a raving nymphomaniac. Lazarus chains her to the radiator and teaches her the unholy error of her ways. Featuring a great southern-fried blues soundtrack, and an appearance from J-Dog Timberlake.


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Rating: R16 contains offensive language, sexual references & drug use


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Dominion Post [Graeme Tuckett]


This is a terrific little film; witty, provocative, and way too intelligently put together to be dismissed as prurient or misogynist. If you're pining for the film festival, try this...

NZ Herald [Francesca Rudkin]


Black Snake Moan is a sexy, sultry and sordid drama from the director of 2006's pimp flick Hustle and Flow. Once again writer-director Craig Brewer has created a challenging, colourful film where music, this time the blues, speaks volumes about the lives of his down-and-out characters...

Premiere Magazine [USA]


Perpetually wide-eyed and mega-snarly bedraggled, Christina Ricci prowls through Black Snake Moan looking like something the cat dragged in. If you're anything like me, you'll be very grateful to the cat...

Rolling Stone [USA]


1/2 Offensive on multiple levels -- if only the plot had any levels at all -- Black Snake Moan leaves no "Tobacco Road" cliche unsmoked. Ricci gives it her all, and then some, but even her body and Jackson's blues can't heal a movie that rockets plum off its nut...

The Christchurch Press [James Croot]


An electric, sexually charged slice of Southern Gothic that breaks the shackles of Hollywood conformity. You won't see anything else like it this year...

The Hollywood Reporter


The blues music in "Moan" is superfine, but my oh my, what to make of the ripe Southern cliches and this absurd story. The film is so jaw-dropping awful that it just might become a boxoffice hit...

Variety [USA]


Mix Brigitte Bardot in "And God Created Woman" with Carroll Baker in "Baby Doll," sex it up times 10 and you have a notion of the effect of Christina Ricci in Black Snake Moan...




This is a great film. Don't go to see it if you're straight-laced or your idea of a good film is lots of car chases and fart jokes, but it is definitely worth a look if your head's on straight and you appreciate good acting and a director who isn't afraid to push the envelope. One of the few films I'd go to the movies to see, and one of the fewer I immediately want to see again.