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Sssssss (1973)

 -  Horror  -  July 1973 (USA)
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David, a college student, is looking for a job. He is hired by Dr. Stoner as a lab assistant for his research and experiments on snakes. David also begins to fall for Stoner's young ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. Carl Stoner
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David Blake
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Kristina Stoner (as Heather Menzies)
Richard B. Shull ...
Dr. Ken Daniels
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Kogen
Jack Ging ...
Sheriff Dale Hardison
Kathleen King ...
Kitty Stewart
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Steve Randall
Ted Grossman ...
Deputy Morgan Bock
Charles Seel ...
Old Man
Ray Ballard ...
Waggish Tourist
Brendan Burns ...
Jock #1
Rick Beckner ...
Jock #2
Jim Drum ...
Hawker #1 (as James Drum)
Ed McCready ...
Hawker #2
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Storyline

David, a college student, is looking for a job. He is hired by Dr. Stoner as a lab assistant for his research and experiments on snakes. David also begins to fall for Stoner's young daughter, Kristina. However, the good doctor has secretly brewed up a serum that can transform any man into a King Cobra snake-and he plans to use it on David. Written by Anonymous

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Also Known As:

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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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This film was released by Universal as a double feature with The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973), making the program one of the last double bills released by the studio. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Carl Stoner: I think I could turn to live with animals. They are so placid, so self contained. I stand and look at them long and long. They do not sweat and whine about their condition; They do not lay awake in the dark and weep for their sins; They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God. Not one is dissatisfied; not one is demented with the mania of owning things; not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago; not one is respectable, or unhappy over the whole earth....
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A pre-title card opens the film declaring all the reptiles used in the film were real and states "We wish to thank the cast and crew for their courageous efforts while being exposed to extremely hazardous conditions." See more »

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"Don't say it--hiss it!"
28 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pretty silly horror movie about Dr. Carl Stoner (Strother Martin) who has perfected a drug that turns men into King Cobra snakes. (Yeah--I know it's ridiculous). WHY he wants to do this is never fully explained. He wants to use it on young David Blaine (Dirk Benedict)...but his daughter (Heather Menzies) is falling in love with him.

OK--the story is more than a little silly but this is fairly watchable. They used real snakes in the film (as a statement at the beginning tells us) and just watching them is pretty interesting. The story itself moves pretty quickly and (science aside) is pretty involving. The acting helps--Martin is actually not bad as the doctor; Benedict (so young and handsome) is also pretty good as Blaine and Menzies overdoes it a little (particularly in an argument with Martin) but she's not bad. There's also some fairly impressive (for the time) makeup and special effects. It's OK.

Trivia: Flashes of nudity (mostly from Menzies) are inexplicably "covered up" in the prints now in circulation. Strange--it was OK for a PG in 1973.


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