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Rattlers (1976)

PG | | Horror | 23 April 1976 (USA)
A herpetologist investigating a series of fatal rattlesnake attacks discovers that the creatures have been infected by a mysterious nerve gas disposed of in the desert by the military.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Chew Jr. ...
Dr. Tom Parkinson (as Sam Chew)
Elisabeth Chauvet ...
Ann Bradley
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Colonel Stroud
Ronald Gold ...
Captain Delaney (as Ron Gold)
Al Dunlap ...
General Hinch
Dan Balentine ...
Pilot Hawkins
Gary Van Ormand ...
Woodley (as Gary Van Orman)
Darwin Joston ...
Palmer (as Darwin Jostin)
Cary J. Pitts ...
Sergeant (as Cary Pitts)
Eric Lawson ...
Guard
Tony Ballen ...
Sheriff Gates
Richard Lockmiller ...
Deputy
Jo Jordan ...
Mother
Scott McCartor ...
Rick (as Scott McCarter)
Tipp McClure ...
Plumber
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Storyline

A large number of chemically altered rattlesnakes become fearsome killers in this TV chiller. The tale is set in the Mojave Desert and centers upon Sam Parkinson, a noted herpetologist, who has come to investigate a series of strange deaths that began with two dead children found near their parents' campsites. Written by Ørnås

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They're waiting to slither you! See more »

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23 April 1976 (USA)  »

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Killer-Schlangen  »

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The glider pilot says there were dozens of snakes surrounding his plane, that forced him to dive in his cockpit and close it up. He says he was rescued by the tow plane that showed up to tow him to safety. How did the tow pilot hook up the glider without the snakes attacking him? See more »

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Snakes..why does it have to be snakes?
17 April 2011 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

When Sam Chew (*gesundheit!*) Jr is the star of your movie, you can pretty much tell you are in for a painful viewing experience. Although I must admit, Sam does steal the spotlight in Being from Another Planet a.k.a. Time Walker in the climactic scene where you really have to hand it to him (OUCH, that stings!).

This 70s romp takes place mostly in the desert and even more so in poorly lit, almost pitch black scenes - a staple grade for any B movie. There's stock footage, helicopter POV shots, and no acting required. The manic colonel played by Dan Priest provides more ham than a Subway $5 special. For the Wooden Plank award, I was going to give it to the Dan Balentine as the pilot, but this honor goes solely to Elisabeth Chauvet who provided me with plenty of migraine inducement. Still, she does provide visual enrichment and I'm sure Sam didn't mind pitching a tent with her (literally!). As for the rest of the movie, the rattlers and snakes shine as the real stars here. I clapped and applauded as vicious snakebites helped in thinning the herd. They also provided for much of the fun. Think of Rattlers as one of those nature documentary specials...except not very good.

I had the pleasure of seeing this film at the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in Morristown, NJ presented by Cinematic Titanic. Having been a huge fan of these guys, it was a surrealfully hilarious pleasure seeing them perform live. Never before have my temples and neck muscles ached from loud out laughing as they played to packed house. The Titans are highly recommended!


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