Terrorists who kidnap a child from a wealthy family are pursued by a deadly snake.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Commander William Bulloch
Dr. Marion Stowe
Howard Anderson
Ruth Hopkins
Lance Holcomb ...
Philip Hopkins
Louise Andrews
Mike Gwilym ...
Det. Constable Dan Spencer
Paul Williamson ...
Det. Sergeant Glazer
David Ball
Hugh Lloyd ...
Taxi Driver
Rita Webb ...
Mrs. Loewenthal
Lord Dunning
John Forbes-Robertson ...
Sgt. Nash


International terrorists attempt to kidnap a wealthy couples child. Their plan comes unstuck when, a deadly Black Mamba sent by mistake instead of a harmless snake, escapes, and the terrorists and several hostages are trapped in the boy's London home. A tense evening is had by all as the snake creeps around the house picking off the various characters one by one. Written by R Lindsay

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Kidnappers terrify... black mambas kill! See more »


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29 January 1982 (USA)  »

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Veneno  »

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Some of the key cast have played iconic characters in the horror film genre. Oliver Reed was a werewolf in The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), Nicol Williamson was an exorcist in The Exorcist III (1990) and Klaus Kinski was Dracula in Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) See more »


When Dr stowe is told to get up by Kinski, she anticipates the terrorist's action by grabbing the scarf before Kinsi wraps her hand in it. See more »

Crazy Credits

The Producers wish to extend their thanks to David Ball, overseer of reptiles at London Zoo, without whose skill and courage in the handling of the deadly Black Mamba, this film could not have been made. See more »


Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »


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Music by Roger Webb
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Kinski fans will be intrigued....
4 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Menacing, but not in an over the top psychotic way, Klaus Kinski delivers a very believable performance. He is more calculating than usual, and has no problem outsmarting the British police, who seem more interested in drinking coffee than anything else. What ever happened to tea? Klaus easily steals this movie from the remaining likable cast. The snake has it's own point of view, which works quite effectively. The story plays out with a couple tense moments,and at least one major surprise, that is unfortunately revealed in the trailer, so I recommend skipping watching the extra's until after the feature. Overall, one of Kinski's best, and he has ample screen time, for you to enjoy this wonderful actor. - MERK

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