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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 overview, first billed only:
Sam Chew Jr. ...
Dr. Tom Parkinson (as Sam Chew)
Elisabeth Chauvet ...
Ann Bradley
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)
Palmer (as Darwin Jostin)
Cary J. Pitts ...
Sergeant (as Cary Pitts)
Eric Lawson ...
Sheriff Gates
Richard Lockmiller ...
Jo Jordan ...
Scott McCartor ...
Rick (as Scott McCarter)
Tipp McClure ...


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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23 April 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Killer-Schlangen  »

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A revenge-of-nature classic!
4 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

Okay, I'm exaggerating when I call this a classic, but I like these '70s revenge-of-nature films. I remember seeing the trailers for films like "Rattlers" and "Grizzly" and "Empire of the Ants" on TV when I was a kid. But would my parents ever let me attend these gems? Heavens no! So now I'm making up for lost time as an adult, rediscovering these terrible films from my youth. In many ways these films are like a time machine to another era--an era with bad clothing, terrible dialogue, cool cars, and in-your-face feminism, buster! While you can't really destroy the plot of "Rattlers" (rattlesnakes attack people, duh!), I would urge you to watch the film for the "performance" of the main female lead. You haven't seen cardboard until you've seen her. Wow. Awesome.

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