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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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Once this motion picture sinks its fangs into you, you'll never be the same. See more »

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July 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hissssss  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The poisonous snakes were not defanged during production. Five King Cobras were imported from Thailand for this feature, ranging from 10-15 feet in length. They had been recently caught in the wild and were in good health with full venom capabilities. The "Snake Park" milking scenes were real and meant to mimic what Bill Haast did at his Serpentarium in Florida daily. About one ounce of venom was collected during each take, with no harm to the snakes. A different cobra was used for each take. The filming of this took most of a day, as the cobras spent most of their time trying to escape the fenced enclosure rather than raising up in the traditional cobra attack mode. See more »

Quotes

Kogen: You are a real and a bona fide genius. First one I ever met.
Dr. Carl Stoner: It's rare to be appreciated for one's failures.
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Crazy Credits

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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Ssssssscary as Hell!!!
10 April 2000 | by (Land of the Sssssssnakes, unfortunately.) – See all my reviews

Ok, I've got to qualify that "Ssssssscary as Hell!!!" statement. I first saw this movie on TV when I was like 5 years old. My babysitter wanted to watch it, despite the fact that it scared me to death. In fact, this movie is the one defining moment in my life that made me forever ssssssscared ssssssspitless of sssssssnakes.

About a year or so ago, I saw the ad for this movie on the SciFi channel and it again made my blood run cold. But I decided to watch it anyway, finger on the remote switcher button, to see if it was really as I remembered it 25 years ago. Granted, the special effects were exceedingly lame and the acting was even worse, but remember, this was made back in the early 70's -- long before Industrial Light and Magic and when the only prerequisite for acting was big boobs and a tight butt. Regardless, this movie, in it's time, really was ssssssscary. So scary, that after watching it (at that young age), that I refused to get in a shower (I'd only take baths) until I was probably 12. Oh, and I did actually get through the whole movie on SciFi and actually developed feelings for the pet cobra that gets...well, something happens to it, but I'm not telling what for those who haven't seen it. After watching it recently, a little bit of that pent up fear was released -- although, I still can't stand snakes, not even to look at a picture of them in a book or anything -- except cobras, I really like cobras, now.

Oh, well. I recommend the movie. Just remember the time period it came out of and watch it for what it is. Granted, the story-line was a bit hokey, but just think what it could be like if they made a remake with really good special effects, really good horror movie actors, and a little bit of work on the script.

Ssssssso long!


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