Rattlesnake (Zak Hilditch, 2019) wr. Zak Hilditch, prod. Ross M. Dinerstein et al.; Carmen Ejogo, Theo Rossi, Emma Greenwell; released by Netflix; horror

When a single mother accepts the help of a mysterious woman after her daughter is bitten by a rattlesnake, she finds herself making an unthinkable deal with the devil to repay the stranger.

This is Zak Hilditch's second Hollywood movie, after the four features he completed in Western Australia. His first was The Actress (2005), the second Plum Role (2007), another film with a title drawing attention to the acting, and the third The Toll (2010), which does not seem to have been given a general release. But the film that got the attention of American producers was These Final Hours (2013) - which was preceded by a short film called Transmission (2012) to sell the idea. (The short starred Angourie Rice, who was also a lead actress in Hours. She later won Best Actress in the 2018 AACTAs for Ladies in Black.)

Brian Tallerico:
Rattlesnake is a movie without a personality, wasting its few strong images and composed visually in a flat, TV-movie manner. You can’t make a movie about a single mother who has to kill to make the afterlife happy and film it with no style.
All that saves from Rattlesnake from complete, dull disaster (but just barely) is the committed work from Ejogo. Roger Ebert.

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