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Rattlers (1976)

PG  |   |  Horror  |  23 April 1976 (USA)
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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
Ronald Gold ...
Captain Delaney (as Ron Gold)
Al Dunlap ...
Dan Balentine ...
Gary Van Ormand ...
Woodley (as Gary Van Orman)
Darwin Joston ...
Palmer (as Darwin Jostin)
Cary J. Pitts ...
Sergeant (as Cary Pitts)
Eric Lawson ...
Tony Ballen ...
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)  »

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Killer-Schlangen  »

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unspectacular but watchable "nature's revenge" trash from the 70's
14 January 2004 | by (fabulous Las Vega$!) – See all my reviews

A small desert community is ambushed by aggressive killer rattle snakes. Did that tin drum that the government secretly buried in the desert have anything to to with all of this? Hmmmmmmmmm.....maybe. Certainly no academy award nominations to be given here, but it's handled fairly well for what it is. The "girl in the snakey bathtub" scene became a thing of minor lore with schoolkids back in the 70' it's strictly "PG" fodder, if that.

When you consider the contemporaneous films that emerged within this rather obsolete horror sub-genre, you'll probably deduce that there's far worse trash than RATTLERS that you could dive into. Besides...if you find yourself bored by it, you'll find it's a perfect movie for playing "count the boom mics".


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