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American G.I.s who trespass on a Hindu ceremony are hunted down by a beautiful woman who has the power to transform herself into a cobra.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lisa Moya
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Paul Able
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Tom Markel
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Julia Thompson
William Reynolds ...
Pete Norton
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Carl Turner
Myrna Hansen ...
Marian Sheehan
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Rico Nardi
Leonard Strong ...
Daru
James Dobson ...
Cpl. Nick Hommel
Walter Coy ...
Police Inspector
Carlsson ...
Cult Dancer (as The Carlssons)
Carlsson ...
Cult Danceuse (as The Carlssons)
Olan Soule ...
Major Martin Fielding
Helen Wallace ...
Mrs. Webber
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Storyline

While stationed in Asia, six American G.I.'s witness the secret ritual of Lamians (worshipers of women who can change into serpents). When discovered by the cult, the High Lamian Priest vows that "the Cobra Goddess will avenge herself". Once back in the United States, a mysterious woman enters into their lives and accidents begin to happen. The shadow of a cobra is seen just before each death. Written by Scott Blacksher

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The fangs of the Snake Goddess will PIERCE YOUR FLESH! See more »

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5 August 1955 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

De verering van de cobra  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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All five of this movie's leading men later starred in at least one successful TV series: Richard Long ("The Big Valley"), Marshall Thompson ("Daktari"), William Reynolds ("The F.B.I."), Jack Kelly ("Maverick"), and David Janssen ("The Fugitive"). See more »

Quotes

Daru: The cobra has a fascination. It's like looking death in the face.
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References Bright Leaf (1950) See more »

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A Reptile Dysfunction/Imperialism Gets Bit!
5 October 2004 | by (Minneapolis, Mn) – See all my reviews

I and my friends have viewed this film more than a few times since first seeing it about two years ago. We find it fascinating, because - like many "cheap" productions - it has unconscious psychological/cultural elements that make it timelessly significant and

  • frankly - as entertaining as hell.




One of the large themes coursing through the film is American imperialism, as it manifests itself in the GIs' callous disregard of local religious customs, and the subsequent defilement of a temple by theft. Needless to say, vengeance is forthcoming in the guise of a cobra/woman. These things happen...

Once this avenger has come to the U.S. the boorish behavior of the men continues, their imperialism now rendered down to mere sexual aggressiveness: one of the men finds it perfectly okay to go into a woman's apartment while she's out and camp on the couch.

Men die, and one shouldn't forget they EARNED it. And the very ending is a psycho-sexual gem, which prompts one to rename the film "Omigod, I Screwed A Snake." The man who skulks away will not be showing his face in any society for a long, long time.


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