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June 1975 (USA) See more »
Slimy nightmares that mean death to the living. See more »
A young man who has been beaten, abused, humiliated and laughed at all his life finds that he has an unusual empathy with snakes... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Pretty great Asian horror film with its share of sleaze See more (14 total) »


  (in credits order)

Kwok-Leung Gan ... 'Keto' Chen Chih-Hung (as Kurt Lang)
Lin Lin Li ... Hsiu Chuan (as Maggie Lee)
Chun Chen ... Hu Pao-Chun
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hao Chen
Shao-Liang Chen
Shao Lun Chiang
Szu-Ying Chien
Chi Chou ... Kuan Fu-Cheng
Chin Chu
Li Jen Ho ... Hsiu Chuan's father
Kung-Wu Huang
Hsiung Kao
Ti Hua Ko ... Chin Yin
Chih-Hao Kuo
Min-Lang Li ... Li Tung
Feng Lin ... Fang Cheng-Chung
Yen Ling
Terry Liu ... Fang Fang
Yung Liang Tu
Ai-Ti Wan
Ching Ho Wang ... Old Wu

Directed by
Chih-Hung Kuei 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kuang Ni 

Produced by
Runme Shaw .... producer
Original Music by
Yung-Yu Chen 
Cinematography by
Chi Yu 
Film Editing by
Hsing-Lung Chiang 
Art Direction by
Mao-Lung Lin 
Costume Design by
Chi-Yu Liu 
Makeup Department
Hsu-Ching Wu .... makeup artist
Production Management
Tien Wu .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chi Cheng .... assistant director
Sound Department
Yung-Hua Wang .... supervising sound editor

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Also Known As:
"The Killer Snakes" - Hong Kong (English title) (original subtitled version), International (English title) (dubbed version)
"Killer Snakes... The Hiss of Death" - USA (promotional title)
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99 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Pretty great Asian horror film with its share of sleaze, 23 November 2000
Author: Casey-52 from DVD Drive-In

For those looking for a good example of Asian horror that isn't too over-the-top to start with, KILLER SNAKES is probably the best one to seek out. Available on video from Something Weird and letterboxed to boot, KILLER SNAKES is pretty memorable.

A pathetic man who overhears his mother's sadistic affairs as a child grows up with snakes as his only friends. He is beaten up by pimps and prostitutes, has his heart broken by the girl of his dreams, and loses his job. He finally gets sick of the humiliation and torment and sets his king cobras on his enemies.

KILLER SNAKES has a great plot, despite being similar to both WILLARD and STANLEY. I actually preferred this to both of those films, as it has a great Hong Kong atmosphere and better acting by the entire cast. The snakes are used to better advantage and the city of Hong Kong is a wonderfully sleazy setting for such an effective film. Sleaze fans take note of one scene in particular: the man ties up a prostitute in an S&M sling and sets snakes loose on her naked body after feeling her up. REALLY sick stuff! But amazingly effective.

KILLER SNAKES is highly recommended by me, as it is highly entertaining and is a great introduction to the world of outrageous Asian horror. Next on your list should be BLACK MAGIC 1 & 2, CENTIPEDE HORROR, or SEEDING OF A GHOST.

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