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Spasms (1983)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  May 1984 (USA)
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Warren Crowley
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A gigantic serpent is captured on a remote island and shipped to an American college for experimentation. A British millionaire and an American scientist find themselves in hot pursuit of the beast when it escapes from captivity and starts to kill innocent people. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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You scream, you expand, you explode. A new source of evil is discovered and is out of control. See more »

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Death Bite  »

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CAD 4,900,000 (estimated)
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The production ran out of money before shooting was finished and the final scene was heavily padded with flashback sequences in an effort to lengthen the film to a respectable runtime See more »

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Oh yes it is bad
14 July 2000 | by (FLORIDA) – See all my reviews

The idea behind this movie is actually pretty good. A giant snake with a poisonous bite kills people gruesomely; Oliver Reed is hot in pursuit. It doesn't sound bad, but the way the whole thing is executed just makes this movie flat out suck. Let's see why - half the movie you can't even understand Reed because he's whispering, the direction is dull, the storyline is a muddled mess, and to be frank the characters were all very uninteresting. Aside from this the chase scenes involving the slippery serpent were pretty good. The snake made good work of his venomous bite - causing people to have spasms and break out in giant boils. If you're an adventurous viewer I say go ahead and give it at least a rent, but no more.


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