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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful:

King Cobblers!

4/10
Author: Rob_Taylor
3 January 2004

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.

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Watchable if you have nothing else to do

3/10
Author: sveknu
25 July 2005

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.

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Frightening indeed.

1/10
Author: mbulthaus
5 February 2001

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.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Things Learned From Watching "King Cobra"

Author: pacuchinus from Panama
19 April 2010

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.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

More horrors from the laboratory

2/10
Author: John Seal from Oakland CA
19 March 2000

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.

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Rattler in the Hood?

2/10
Author: teuthis (Teuthis@knology.net) from Columbus, Georgia
11 March 2006

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?

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Incredibly fun snake movie

8/10
Author: GL84 from Los Angeles, Ca
5 June 2015

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.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

The saving grace is in the ending...

Author: steve-545 from United States
17 August 1999

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

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Snakes can backpedal?

1/10
Author: bullions27 from USA
6 April 2002

One of the absolute worst man-against-wildlife films I have ever seen. What we have here are a couple of characters obviously ripped from Arachnophobia and Jaws with cliched personalities confronted by some really big snake from 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 began 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???

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A generic slithering storyline that is saved by impressive CGI...

5/10
Author: Paul Magne Haakonsen from Denmark
14 June 2017

I must start with saying that my expectations to the 1999 movie "King Cobra" were slim to none, especially since I had never heard about it prior to finding it in 2017. And I do like movies with monstrous sized creatures, although many of them turn out to be less than adequate given questionable CGI.

Now, the story concocted by writers and directors David Hillenbrand and Scott Hillenbrand was a very generic story, even as creature features go. So you know what you will get here from the very beginning. So you shouldn't expect a grand masterpiece of script writing here. You will get exactly what you could expect from a movie such as this.

One might start to wonder why a snake of this proportion wouldn't have raised any notice as it lived out in the wilderness where it had to devour a substantial amount of living creatures in order to become so big.

The acting in "King Cobra" was adequate, though there were very few familiar faces among the cast list. It was a hoot to watch Pat Morita appear in this movie, and also a small but hilarious cameo by Erik Estrada. The only other familiar face to me was Courtney Gains, and he was only there in a small role.

What made "King Cobra" work was the special effects and CGI. The team behind this really upped their game and created a very realistic and believable snake. And taking into consideration that the movie was made in 1999, then the CGI actually still stands solid today, so that is somewhat of an impressive feat. So a big thumbs up on the special effects department and the people responsible for the CGI effects.

If you like creature features, then "King Cobra" is definitely worth taking the time to sit down to watch. Just a shame that the mundane and generic storyline served as an anchor around the movie.

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