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


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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The "Plan 9" of killer snake movies, 17 January 2005
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

They have yet to make a good horror movie about poisonous snakes, but this 70's anti-classic is so bad it almost approaches goodness. It's kind of the "Plan 9 from Outer Space" of killer snake movies. They couldn't really afford too many snakes or the special effects to create venom-bloated corpses, so they substituted a bunch of nonsense about military tests making the rattlesnakes go crazy (although they never explain why the snakes all hunt in packs or how they sneak up on their incredibly stupid victims). But speaking of incredibly stupid, the heroes are a male chauvinist herpetology professor and a feminist photographer, who of course fall madly in love while hunting down the killer snakes. The sexist professor insists that his job is no place for a woman, even though, aside from the snakes, all he really does is drive around the Mojave Desert, and I don't know what the female photographer is supposed to be photographing. For some reason, these two geniuses seem to do all their hunting at night (when you're hunting rattlers I guess you don't want them to see you coming). They sleep in a tent for no other reason than to wake up surrounded by snakes. Then during the climax of the film they suddenly take off to Vegas to whoop it up while the rattlers run amok. (Your snake-fighting tax dollars at work, I guess).

The most famous scene involves a young housewife being attacked in the bathtub. However, this scene is neither scary nor sexy--laughably stupid perhaps. I actually liked the opening scene with the two little boys the best, but it was pretty much all downhill from there.

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