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Jaws of Satan (1981)

A preacher whose ancestors were cursed by Druids battles Satan, who has taken the form of a huge snake.

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Father Tom Farrow
Gretchen Corbett ...
Dr. Maggie Sheridan
Jon Korkes ...
Dr. Paul Hendricks
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The Monsignore
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Evelyn Downs
Bob Hannah ...
Matt Perry
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Elizabeth Perry
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Kim Perry
John McCurry ...
Sheriff George Tatum
Jack Gordon ...
Mayor Grady Thorpe (as Jack Gordan)
Allene Simmons ...
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Mary Lyons McEvoy ...
Mrs. Carson
Bill Gribble ...
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A preacher whose ancestors were cursed by Druids battles Satan, who has taken the form of a huge snake.

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'Christina Applegate' qv and her real life mother 'Nancy Priddy' qv player mother and daughter in the movie. See more »

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After defeating the snake, Father Tom kisses the crucifix. When the camera cuts to another view, he is just about to kiss it. See more »

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Father Tom Farrow: D'you know why a pig is like a saint?
Mrs. Carson: No, Father.
Father Tom Farrow: Because he gets more praise after he's dead that when he's alive.
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Truly inept. One of the worst.
10 December 2009 | by (Omaha, NE USA) – See all my reviews

Aside from being Christina Applegate's debut, there is really nothing notable about this failed attempt at combining religious hokum with animal life on the attack. Fritz Weaver guts it out and turns in a decent performance as a small town priest whose ancestors are responsible for a curse being brought upon his parish. It seems that hundreds of years prior, his ancestor stamped out a druid cult and now their spirit is reborn in the form of a king cobra! And this king cobra happens to have jumped off a circus train after killing the crew just as it passes through this small Alabama town!!! YES You heard that right!! Now, the cobra casts its spell on other snakes in the area and causes them to randomly attack anyone they encounter! All this while a new dog racing track is about to open. And the mayor and the guy building it of course won't let anything delay the grand opening! No matter how many people get bitten! It's up to the priest to re-discover his faith and drive out the evil snakes!!! As you can tell from the above paragraph, this film is laughable. At least Snakes On a Plane apparently knew not to take itself seriously. (I've never seen that one, but that's what I understand) But Jaws of Satan plays it straight and only generates unintentional laughs! So many goofs! Plexiglass between the snakes and cast members is clearly visible in some scenes. In one scene, the sheriff is called to stalk a dangerous snake in a hardware store. The snake is clearly just a harmless gopher snake, but they try to make it seem like its attacking him!! We hear a gunshot, even when he clearly did not fire the pistol. Then, the snake just kind of slumps onto the floor... clearly not dead or harmed! The music is absolutely wretched, the film is filled with padding like people driving or taxiing down a runway in a little plane. Thought I was watching R.O.T.O.R. for a moment with all that padding! Lots of ancient clichés abound. We get a morgue attendant who leaves food lying around dead bodies and acts casual while eating next to corpses. Seen that one in so many others.... We see an expert brought in from out of town, but he doesn't amount to anything. Just serves as a love interest for a female town doctor. I don't know where to stop with my criticism, so I'll just do it here. Awful film! 2 of 10 stars.

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