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The Feeding Frenzy Continues in Anacondas

Even for those who make the jungle their home, no human or creature is safe from it. So for the visitors who wish to plunder this terrain's secrets, the consequences won't be pretty…

Columbia Pictures' new film "Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid" is a horror-thriller set deep in a primitive Borneo jungle, where an extremely rare red orchid - the "blood orchid" - may hold the key to producing a youth-preserving serum. When a gung-ho group of scientists embark on a treacherous journey into the jungle to find the orchid - in the hopes that a fountain-of-youth discovery will make their careers and their corporate bosses a lot of money - they quickly realize that more than bad weather and heavy undergrowth separate them from their treasure.

Within the mysteries of the jungle lies a deadly predator that keeps the secret of the orchids safe and stops anyone who dares to enter its territory from leaving…
"Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid" is the follow-up to the 1997 box office-hit "Anaconda" which starred Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson and Ice Cube.

Producer Verna Harrah says that she always wanted expand on the first "Anaconda," on which she also served as producer. The deciding factor was the ability to tell a new story. To kick off this new adventure, a group of driven New York scientists travels to Borneo in search of a rare flower that blooms only two weeks every seven years. "Of course they end up running into a lot of trouble because not only is it monsoon season when they arrive, it's also mating season for the anacondas," says Harrah.

Director Dwight Little was attracted to the project because he's a big fan of adventure stories, especially when the exotic and the thrilling elements intertwine. "You really can't beat a good adventure movie and that's what this is," says Little. "Even without the monster or snake element, it's still a really good story about an expedition that travels up a treacherous river in a very dangerous area. Then you add the snakes and it becomes something else again!"

On the first "Anaconda," animatronics were the name of the game. But with the major strides in computer-generated creatures since then, the new movie could make great use of CGI to bring these massive reptiles to pulsating life. Says producer Harrah, "In terms of advancement of CGI capabilities, it's a different world today than it was when we made the first film seven years ago. The action with these snakes is just so much better than anything they could have done back then. It's quite spectacular what our visual effects people have been able to do."

In all, "Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid" was a challenging film to bring to life. Executive producer Jacobus Rose sums up the obstacle, "We had to build our own roads to get into locations or climb over mountains. It rained a lot of the time, and we were shooting at night, in the jungle. It was very hot and humid with mosquitoes everywhere. Yet both the cast and crew were amazing. Everyone kept a smile on their face and did the best work they could possibly do. We couldn't have asked for more. We have a great adventure movie that's scary as hell!"

"Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid" opens soon across the Philippines. The film is released by Columbia Pictures, local office of Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International. 

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