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

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Jacmel
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Dave
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Commander William Bulloch
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Dr. Marion Stowe
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Howard Anderson
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Philip Hopkins
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David Ball
Hugh Lloyd ...
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Mrs. Loewenthal
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Lord Dunning
John Forbes-Robertson ...
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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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The object of man's most ancient fear. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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In the DVD commentary director Piers Haggard states that stars Oliver Reed and Klaus Kinski hated each other during production. Reed would constantly provoke Kinski until he would lose his temper. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Music by Roger Webb
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Exciting film! Excellent film!
11 May 2000 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

This is a much maligned film. Given the fine acting and the really Hitchcockian development and story line, this thing delivers in a big way. I don't want to give away the story line, but let's just say that while snakes play a part in it, this is not a shlocky horror film. In fact, the storyline doesn't revolve around snakes; they're more of a plot device. This is a thriller of the best caliber. The British actors are some of the finest ever cranked out and the claustrophobic atmosphere seems to drive you even crazier. If you are afraid of snakes, then you'll be gut wrenchingly terrified (I was). If you aren't, then you'll still be glued to your seat. Watch it and if you dare, do it with the lights off!


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