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I know, it's crap! But even so, I derived a HUGE amount of enjoyment from
this stupid, stupid movie.
It starts off almost like its aiming to be a serious horror flick. But as the movie progresses, it just gets sillier and sillier and sillier. What's more, the cast all seem to realise it's getting increasingly ludicrous and camp it up ever more enthusiastically.
That's not to excuse the terrible acting, especially before the "camp" factor sets in. There's one scene with the doctor (Hildebrand) and the cop lady (Fallo) where she gives him a gift, they kiss and cuddle a bit, then he throws her off and launches into THE WORST monologue about how he can't get involved because he has his future to think about, and how he can never amount to anything in the small town and must go to the big city etc. etc. Truly vomit inducing stuff and all delivered so woodenly that I was rolling about with laughter.
It was after this scene (quite early on) that I realised what a treat this film was going to be (in terms of bad movie-ness). It has some stumbles, but its really a riot if you treat it as a big joke, as the cast seem to later on.
Pat Morita also gets one of the most protracted death scenes I've ever witnessed on film. Regardless of his immunity to poison, just how many six-inch fang bites can one man survive before he dies of blood loss, if nothing else? You'll find out in this film!
Things to watch out for:
1. The aforementioned awful monologue.
2. A cameo by Erik Estrada (of CHiPs fame) as a gay guy.
3. The sheriff, who spits tobacco into a cup constantly and has some of the best one-liners in the movie.
4. The snake, which is just ridiculously funny whenever you see it.
5. The "local hunters", who are just fun to watch whenever they are on screen.
6. Pat Morita, who looks constantly embarrassed to be in this film.
All in all, a silly movie for lovers of bad movies! It has all the horror cliches you'd expect, along with clumsy exposition, bad acting and poor effects. But it is fun, if you treat it as pure crap. Try and see it as a serious film, and you are doomed to disappointment.
Is this a low budget movie?: YES
Is the acting bad?: YES
Is this movie a bad one?: NO DOUBT
BUT, is this movie entertaining?: YES, but only in limited periods of time. If you want to enjoy "King Cobra", you have to block out all expectations of this being a great film, and just erase your memory of great films you've previously seen. Only if you do that, there's a possible that it will entertain you. One thing that helps a bit, it that the special effects doesn't look that bad. But since this is really low-budget, the big snake hasn't that much screen time. And for the opening scene, just forget that it was part of the movie, because it has to be one of the worst scenes that I've seen. Ever.
Even taking into account what obviously was a miniscule budget, one of the worst efforts I've been exposed to. In a nutshell, this is a tale of a small town under the attack of a genetically engineered, grossly oversized mutant snake (half King Cobra-half rattlesnake) that has escaped from the local laboratory. To remedy this awful situation, they hire expert snake wrangler Mr. Miyagi to corral the ferocious reptile. Honestly, Pat Morita would have won more of my respect by signing on for another Karate Kid movie. And despite the fact that both the plot and the realism are miserable, every cloud has a silver lining - this movie is so bad that laughter is all but guaranteed. That's the only reason you'll make it to the end. And if you do, there's gold at the end of the rainbow. In one of the most outstanding moments in bad movie history, the movie's final scene features one of our heroes delivering a breathtaking drop kick to the snake that is guaranteed to have you doubled over in laughter while frantically reaching for the rewind button. You've got to see it to believe it.
1) You can survive an explosion straight to your face and only suffer
from a missing eye.
2) The "African King Cobra" exists, even if king cobras only live in Asia.
3) Aggression makes things bigger.
4) A king cobra/rattlesnake hybrid can spit venom, even if both species are incapable of doing so.
5) Rattlesnakes rattle when they're hunting. Screw being silent.
6) A king cobra/rattlesnake hybrid can make Jurassic Park Raptor noises.
7) Bullets do not affect a king cobra/rattlesnake hybrid at all.
8) A beer festival is way too important to mind the lives of innocent civilians.
9) Never trust people from you snake-hunting team, as they might mistake sleeping gas for toxic gas.
10) Expect the unexpected.
This time a crazed scientist produces a genetically enhanced giant 'King Cobra' that seems to be made out of rattlesnake hide. You'll want to hide from this dog in the video store. Don't be tempted to rent it...you'll feel snakebit.
Snake movies are the worst. And this one is the equal of any. A King
Cobra/Rattlesnake hybrid has escaped from a lab wrecked by two of the
most insane scientists in film history. The scene was brief, but
possibly the most entertaining in the film. The monstrous mutation has
claimed a small, rural town as its territory. Of course they are about
to have a festival a beer fest no less! And will the Mayor cancel the
festival because a couple of people are killed? What do you think?
The acting in King Cobra is remedial at best. Even Pat Morita cannot make is role entertaining. The stoic Casey Fallo was a pretty good reason to keep viewing. She was nice to watch in what little she was given to do. Everyone else was just not in attendance.
Perhaps the major problem for me in the film is that a snake was able to outsmart one-and-all homo sapiens throughout most of the film. And the two ton beast seemingly appeared and disappeared with all the velocity of a mako shark. He wafted through the delicate branches of trees with the grace of a ninety pound ballerina. A trained deputy is cornered against a tree by the rampaging reptile, and she panics, seemingly forgets she has a pistol in her hand, and screams for the hero; who drop-kicks the lightnening-fast saurian without even getting bitten.
One must always suspend belief to some extent in order to enjoy a monster film. However, the director created such a "super snake", and such inept humans, that King Cobra far surpassed my ability to stretch reality.This mess eventually became boring and predictable. That is the only real sin a monster film can commit. And it is terminal in King Cobra.
But it just might be that the worst faux pas of this film was the beer recipe recited by the supposed artisan brewer. If you are able to muster the gumption to watch this snake calamity, listen carefully for it. This "master brewer" is concocting a classic American mass-produced, tasteless near beer; not a sapid, artisan brew. After all, snakes are a dime a dozen, but a really good beer is sacred.
I cannot recommend this film, unless one is in traction and cannot reach the remote. However, perhaps enough good beer could make it tolerable?
What makes KING COBRA a step above your typical direct to video B horror film? Well, (I hate to say it)the ending is downright thrilling.....not giving away any details but the confrontation between Pat Morita's herpetologist/snake wrangler character and the giant cross-breeded snake is a great showdown...leading to the main characters (local policewoman and doctor who happen to be dating)last ditch effort to destroy the snake. Do not rent this film expecting JAWS. However, every now and then a subpar film rolls along teetering between a * and ** rating until the last half hour pushes into a respectable ** and a half star rating. KING COBRA is one such film. (then again the drop kick scene may very well be worth the price of rental...) Gore fans may be disappointed due to its PG-13 rating and its reliance on "appear from behind" scares...go into this accepting its low budget and you should be ok
One of the absolute worst man-against-wildlife films I have ever seen.
we have here are a couple of characters obviously ripped from
and Jaws with cliched personalities confronted by some really big snake
out the blue in a small rural town. Sweet, it's the premise from
Arachnophobia as well. Speaking of hacks, it's wonderful how the writer
decided to go steal lines from the Temple of Doom when his characters
to enact their moronic plan to capture the big snake. What does he think;
the audience is that stupid?
One thing that puzzled me after watching this monstrosity... the tube or whatever gas chamber they used against the snake... it looked to be about half the length of the Cobra, yet they made it impossibly long somehow when bad actor decided to lure the snake into it by crawling in. I guess this is called drama. Anyway, the snake realizes its foolishness, and backpedals to escape. ????????? Bad actor and actress realize themselves, they are unable to seal off the other end because they won't have enough time (even though it would have taken probably a few seconds to cover the distance). Instead they took the time to push it into a tree. WHY???
After a series of snake attacks, small town doctors find that the snake
is an escaped test subject which has the genetics of a cobra and a
rattlesnake forcing them to find and destroy the deadly creature before
it goes through the town's populace.
This was a lot better than expected. One of its best features is the fact that the film moves along at a fast pace, never hitting a lull or a dull spot and there's plenty of stuff going on here to keep it interesting. It starts off nicely as the opening action in the lab with the loosened snake is great as it stalks the others through the flaming ruins, the building suspense of the experiment going out-of-control and the chaos and panic works really well while other action scenes are just as good. There's a lot to really enjoy about the attack in the home, which is wonderfully suspenseful and really interesting from the snake POV used to sneak up on the victim to its rather impressive revelation, where the snake appears as a silhouette against the just-turned-off TV screen, the realization dawns and the attack begins. The fact that the snake's POV is used often is another good one for the film, since it's an actually fun technique that manages to get some really tense moments when it's stalking it's victims, and as there's a lot of really good stalking scenes throughout this allows for a couple of nice scenes. The final encounter in the woods is all-out fun with logical methods of dealing with the creature, a lot of really nice strikes and the really clever manner of catching the creature is one of the best parts of the film. The cobra look is also really good, as there's prosthetics used in place of CGI, the addition of the menacing and unique hood is another nice touch and gives it a really impressive look that gives off the appearance that it's actually there for its positive points that hold this one up enough against the flaws. The most obvious one is the rating, as the fact that this one is a PG-13 film does stand out in here. The kills are either so quick as to be hardly imaginable or simply bloodless as they're really just bites and have no real jolt to them. Some diversity in the kills as well would've helped this one immensely as a difference in the amount of bloodshed would've gone a long way with this one. The other flaw in this one is that there's an extreme over- reliance on lame jump gags, as stuff like the friendly-POV that scares an innocent victim, the screeching cat and the off-screen crashing noises are all used frequently and too ill-effect, making for some aggravating viewing at times. Otherwise, there's a lot to really like about this one.
Rated PG-13: Violence and Language.
The Hillenbrand's present one of the most frightening and intensely horrifying reptile films ever made. With incredible suspense and unrelenting thrills, the story of a huge hybrid snake wreaking havoc simply explodes across the screen. Pat Morita is superb as Hashimoto, the snake expert who recognizes pure evil in the unholy beast. Scott Hillenbrand is also excellent and certainly proves his acting prowess. Hoyt Axton is especially powerful in the role of the town's mayor and gives one of the best performances of his career. The entire cast is quite good in this terrifying motion picture and the direction is taut and creative. The sudden attacks by the snake, its stealth and menace, are almost to much to endure and represent some of the most frightening moments ever committed to film. Overall, this is giant snake cinema at its most visionary, epic in scope yet intimate in its moments of personal terror.
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