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Rattlers -- A noted herpetologist is sent to investigate a series of strange deaths that began with two dead children found near their parents' campsites in the Mojave Desert.


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23 April 1976 (USA) See more »
What a horrible way to die! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Sam Chew Jr. ... Dr. Tom Parkinson (as Sam Chew)
Elisabeth Chauvet ... Ann Bradley

Dan Priest ... Colonel
Ronald Gold ... Captain Delaney (as Ron Gold)
Al Dunlap ... General
Dan Balentine ... Pilot
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)
Tip McClure ... Plumber (as Tipp McClure)

Celia Milius ... Woman in Bathtub (as Celia Kaye)
Travis Gold ... Timmy
Alan Decker ... Doug
Bob Merchon ... Howard
Ancel Cook ... Sam, the Janitor
Matt Knox ... Pilot (as Matthew Knox)
John Landon ... Hines

Directed by
John McCauley 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jerry Golding 
John McCauley 

Produced by
Irv Goodnoff .... associate producer
John McCauley .... producer
Harry H. Novak .... executive producer
Karl Tunberg .... associate producer
Original Music by
Miles Goodman 
Cinematography by
Richard Gibb 
Irv Goodnoff  (as Irvin Goodnoff)
Film Editing by
Sandy Glieberman 
Art Direction by
John Landon 
Makeup Department
John Landon .... makeup artist
Marjorie Montgomery .... makeup artist
Production Management
Karl Tunberg .... production manager
Sound Department
Sandy Glieberman .... sound effects editor
Mary McGlone .... assistant sound editor
Mary McGlone .... sound effects editor
Lars Nelson .... boom operator
Leslie Shatz .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Allan Goodnoff .... special effects (as Alan Goodnoff)
Harry Woolman .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeff E. Blosser .... gaffer (as Jeff Blosser)
Marty W. Eichmann .... key grip (as Marty Eichmann)
Michael Jablow .... assistant camera
Tom Talty .... best boy
Other crew
Ray Folsom .... snake handler
Ray Folsom .... technical advisor
Jerry Golding .... script supervisor
Betty Kelly .... production assistant

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82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Italy:VM18 (DVD) | Norway:16 (Video rating) | USA:PG

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Factual errors: The soldier who looks in Ann's truck for the snake has his uniform rank on upside down.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Extra Weird (2003) (V)See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Snakes..why does it have to be snakes?, 17 April 2011
Author: InzyWimzy from Queens, NY

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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