The low budget movie SNAKESKIN is pure alpha fux, beta bux. The bad boy, the good boy, the entitlement, the hypergamy, the tingles, the validation, … it’s as if the woman who made the movie has studied the Red Pill.
This post is more summary than review or critique. It’s about a female New Zealander, Alice, who has a broad Kiwi accent and a need for an “American adventure”. The “American” aspect is deliberate cringe-culture crap, a Kiwi inferiority complex that some still suffer from.
Alice is too lazy to save her money for a trip to America. The best she can hope for is an “American adventure” within New Zealand’s shores. This post will keep to the subject of the movie EXCEPT… there’s a blatant Cillification – a twist in the tale added by me – at the end.
Alice’s “best friend” Johnnie is not bad enough for her liking, so she wants HIM to drive her out in HIS car to pick up someone “dangerous” on the open roads. She is a princess brat. Johnnie is a beta if ever there was one. He is the muggins who must stick his neck out for her, because there’s a chance – no matter how small – of the big V (Vagina or wedding Vow – like I said, he’s a muggins).
Meanwhile we catch brief flashes of something sinister farther out there, in the form of a hiker on the roads. We see his feet in snakeskin boots, and him entering the vehicles that stop to give him a ride. The wearer of those boots appears to be searching for a particular type of vehicle or person.
There is other snake imagery as well, in the road signs :
And there are glimpses of scenes associating the snake with death. A cattle truck (one of the vehicles that had stopped for the hiker) approaches Johnnie’s car in the opposite direction, and as it passes by, the proximity of the vehicles (or perhaps of the personalities) arouses something snake-like among the hanging carcasses in the truck.
But there are no snakes in New Zealand, see. An American adventure, however, might feature snakes.
The movie shows us small white crosses and flowers at the roadside where loved ones have been killed, and Death in newspaper headlines at a wayside stopover. “Black Weekend on Roads”… “Police Baffled”… “Five die in mystery crash”
A tohunga wahine (spiritual woman) warns of danger on the roads that head westwards to the Southern Alps, which took the lives of two of her sons. Johnnie laughs, which angers the wahine’s only surviving son. The latter, a big Maori, features in the movie again. Later on, he says the roads that took his brothers are tapu (forbidden).
There was one scene that gave me the creeps like a ghost walking over my grave. The big Maori pointed to a Tiki figurine on the dash of Johnnie’s car, and asked, “You know what that’s for?”
I purchased one once, very cheaply in Hawaii, not realizing at the time that there was something not quite right about it. In taking it home, I entered the worst chapter of my life (“Pele’s Curse” perhaps?). I went through a time of upheaval. Bad enemies came out of nowhere. Loved ones died. Even when there was a better than equal chance that things should go well for me, they went bad every time. No matter how careful I was, I kept losing, until a Maori friend walked into my house, noticed the Tiki, stood stock still in front of it, and asked, “You know what that’s for?”
I got rid of the Tiki, and almost immediately my life began to improve. It was all due to coincidence of course, but I still wouldn’t dismiss such things with a laugh as Johnnie did.
But I am meandering somewhat. At one stage, a little earlier in the piece, Johnnie and Alice had stopped at a service station to re-fuel the car. “Johnnie”, she says, “I want some fun NOW. We could rob the place” (Or you, Johnnie, could go rob the place for me. ME ME ME). He hands her money and she goes to pay for the gas. Then the snakeskin boots are seen striding toward Johnnie’s Chrysler Valiant car.
Her childish recklessness and irresponsibility have led them to this. She doesn’t care that fulfillment of her desire puts others in danger. Lazy as sin, she expects men to foresee and attend to all her wants and needs, like Sir Walter Raleigh laying down his cloak on the mud so the precious Queen could walk on it without dirtying her boots. Johnnie does her bidding without a word of thanks from her. She contributed nothing. He had bought the vehicle and spent a year doing it up according to her wants. He pays for the fuel, risks his wallet and his neck for her.
And he pays the ultimate price.
I wonder how many more times I must see examples of this IRL. How much longer will it take for most men to finally get it into their heads that taking risks for these feckless trollops is a losers’ game?
Several people must die violently before Alice’s wish will come true. The princess wants, the princess gets. To have #N like a man, to be as predatory as a man, to hunt like a… like a goddam PPP.
And there’s our twist. Yes, our heroine has become the archetype of the Predatory Promiscuous Princess. The goddam PPP.
SNAKESKIN 2001 Writer/director Gillian Ashurst Starring: Melanie Lynskey as Alice Boyd Kestner as Seth Dean O'Gorman as Johnny Category: Entertainment License: Standard YouTube License 1 hour 29 minutes
If you haven’t got time to watch it, let me know in comments if you want more detail.