There's a lot of talk that this movie is SO BAD it's GOOD. There's also talk that this is a parody movie. I would have to disagree with these statements.
First: Is Snakes on a Plane BAD? Well, no - not really. It's not bad in the sense of "why did I just waste two hours of my life?" or "this is a complete waste of celluloid." It's not even bad like Manos: Hands of Fate. This is a movie in the line of "Army of Darkness" or basically any disaster movie made from the 1970s. Now - arguably, those movies ARE bad - they don't have a big budget, they don't have the best writing, and they won't be winning any awards any time soon. HOWEVER- those are movies that people still watch, laugh at, rent, and will gladly forgo a good nights sleep in order to view on some cable channel at 3 in the morning. Snakes on a Plane is going to be a movie kids will demand to watch every halloween night.
Second: Is Snakes on a Plane a parody? Maybe. If it is a parody - it's not a self aware parody like The Naked Gun, Airplane, or Scary Movies. Those are movies that are fully aware that they are making fun of the subscribed genre and will go out of their way to make sure that the audience knows it too. SoaP, to me, is an itemized list of what a disaster movie should be.
- Crazy Premise? Check
- Helpless situation? Check
- Horrible deaths? Check
Truly wonderfully bad movies are the ones that don't set out to BE bad movies. It's a very thin line that they walk. It's why I didn't like "The Man with the Screaming Brain." That movie TRIED to be a B movie - so much so that it just came off as a kid trying too hard to get people to laugh. Snakes on a Plane didn't try that hard - it simply WAS.
What I'm trying to say is that SoaP has STYLE. If this was a party, Snakes on a Plane would be the guest who knows how to make an entrance, knows how to hold court, and then knows how to leave. It's not the person in the corner wearing the lampshade on its head, it's not the elitist debating politics in the living room, it's the guest who, after the party ends and for a few days afterwards, you remember. Simply for being there. They made you laugh, they made you smile, they told a a horribly dirty and off colored joke and nobody minded.
Years and years from now, people are going to look at Snakes on a Plane and realize that it was a product of the times we were living in. Gas prices, the war in Iraq, crappy comedies that left our brain cells crying and clinging together for moral support, all of these created a niche for Snakes on a Plane. We needed something to take us away from all the shit that's been going on in the world. We needed something to make us laugh. We needed a party, and Snakes on a Plane threw it for us.