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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 »
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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. 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 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

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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Boring, 1 May 2011
Author: TheExpatriate700 from United States

Rattlers is an suspenseless creature feature that goes on for too long, even though it only lasts 82 minutes. Long story made short, something in the desert is turning rattlesnakes into killing machines. A male female research team is called in to find out what.

Although the beginning of the film has a rapid series of snake attacks, midway through it gets bogged down in conspiracy subplots and a budding romance between the two leads. When people watch a movie called "Rattlers" they want to see snake bites, not gumshoeing.

To make matters worse, the characters talk about how gruesome the victims' bodies are, but the corpses are never shown. The film might be rated PG, but keep in mind this is a 70s PG, which could be stretched for a lot of gore (e.g. Jaws). Also, there is no real final confrontation with the snakes, which is a prerequisite for this kind of film.

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