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Writers (WGA):
John Carpenter (teleplay) and
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13 June 1999 (USA) See more »
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Harry Hamlin ... Vic Rondelli

Shannon Sturges ... Mandy Stratford

David Spielberg ... Mayor Parker

Patty McCormack ... Vera Conrad

Beau Billingslea ... George Mitchell

Phillip Troy Linger ... Dr. Matthew Watkins

Jack Scalia ... Max Farrington

David Whitney ... Ken
David Webb ... Sheriff Howell
Carolyn Bock ... Anita Young

Beth Champion ... Karen
Sandra Bell ... Laura Holden
Kirsty Boden ... Tammy Holden
Darce Florio ... Anita's Friend

Paul Tassone ... Stranded Motorist
Nathalie Roy ... Lacey
Mark Fairall ... Jack Kelly

Dominic Purcell ... Truck Driver
Daniel Murphy ... Jake
Amanda Dettrick ... Mrs. Parker (as Amanda Mires)
Antonia Murphy ... Olivia Porter
Katy Charles ... Victim's Wife
Tom Betts ... Little League Father
Marc Arena ... Kirk
Michael Langdon ... Lance Parker
John Walkin ... Umpire

Directed by
Noel Nosseck 
Writing credits
John Carpenter (teleplay) and
William S. Gilmore (teleplay) (as William Gilmore) and
Matt Dorff (teleplay)

Patricia Arrigoni (story) &
Fred Brown (story)

Produced by
Richard D. Arredondo .... producer (as Rick Arredondo)
Ted Babcock .... co-producer
William S. Gilmore .... co-executive producer (as William Gilmore)
Leslie Lipton .... co-producer
Peter Sadowski .... associate producer
Robert M. Sertner .... executive producer
Erik Storey .... co-producer
Randy Sutter .... producer
Frank von Zerneck .... executive producer
H. Daniel Whitman .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Tavera 
Cinematography by
John Stokes (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tod Feuerman 
Casting by
Susan Glicksman 
Fern Orenstein 
Production Design by
Jon Dowding 
Set Decoration by
Paul Hurrell 
Costume Design by
Graham Purcell 
Makeup Department
Margaret Stevenson .... make-up and hair supervisor
Production Management
Troy Clarke .... unit manager
Julie Forster .... unit production manager
Skates Naiman .... production supervisor (as 'Skates' Naiman)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bob Howard .... first assistant director
Angella McPherson .... second assistant director
Dean Mountford .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Chrissy Feld .... props
Sound Department
Wayne Artman .... re-recording mixer
Greg Burgmann .... production sound mixer
Chris David .... re-recording mixer
Robert L. Harman .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Mont Fieguth .... special effects coordinator
Matt Sloan .... animatronics technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Craig Weiss .... visual effects supervisor
Danny Baldwin .... stunt coordinator
Sue Baldwin .... stunt department coordinator (uncredited)
Haydn Dalton .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Nick McKinless .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Cross .... camera operator
Brett Marks .... key grip
Ken Moffatt .... gaffer
Andrew Railton .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Tom McSweeney .... casting: Australia, Maura Fay Casting
Editorial Department
Christopher Campbell .... post production coordinator
Pam Sharp .... assistant editor
Eric Whipp .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Jamie McLennan .... location manager
Music Department
Terri Fricon .... music supervision
Marty Wereski .... music editor
Scott Cochran .... music engineer (uncredited)
Billy Martin .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Truck Humphries .... vehicle coordinator (as 'Truck' Humphries)
Other crew
Lyn Aronson .... script supervisor
Annie McEvoy .... production coordinator
Jamie McGuire .... production assistant: los angeles
Margherite Paino .... accounts assistant
Rachel Leigh Anderson .... stand-in (uncredited)
Nancy Mouton .... assistant to executive producers Robert M. Sertner and Frank von Zerneck (uncredited )

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Maura Fay Group  casting: Australia, Tom McSweeney (as Maura Fay Casting)

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91 min

Did You Know?

This was based on "Fangs", a script John Carpenter did back in the 1970s when he wrote as a gun for hire. In the original, according to Carpenter himself, there were scares and jumps all over the place. One scene included a man who hears a rattle, thinks it's his infant, and finds a rattlesnake in the crib.See more »
Revealing mistakes: There are numerous pythons obviously mixed in with rattlesnakes.See more »


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Not so silent predators, 2 May 2011
Author: Chris. from Australia

In 1979, a rare breed of rattle snake – naturally, a more ferocious variety than the typical species – is set loose after the truck carrying it overturns. After fatally striking both the occupants of the crash, it then descends on a disused mine shaft where it breeds with regular rattlesnakes, and 20 years later the effects of this lethal concoction are awoken by a housing development. Harry Hamlin is the new fire chief whose first day on the job sees him dealing with a fatal snake bite, after a pair of juveniles frolicking in a thicket stumble on a specimen. From there, matters deteriorate as locals are overcome by a plethora of the new breed, the venom from which is more deadly than any known to man, and predictably, for which no serum currently exists. A herpetologist is enlisted but with the local economy's purse strings being controlled by greedy developer (Scalia), action is far from swift or decisive. So, inevitably, several bystanders quickly become victims until Scalia decides to take matters into his own hands, with disastrous results.

Not bad for a tele-movie, with capable performances and well conceived sub plots. McCormack as the local snake enthusiast comes off best, in spite of her whacky idea to address the problem by introducing more snakes, while Scalia plays a remarkably restrained villain, whose worst trait is being unethical moreover than exhibiting any overtly sinister behaviour. The blossoming romance between Hamlin and Sturges offers gentle respite in the film's troughs, and generally speaking, the show moves along with reasonable momentum and pace. While the special effects aren't all that special, director Nosseck still manages to build the suspense and an effective balance between storyline and detail. Perhaps the only real faux pas is the film's title – unless fitted with a silencer, one would assume that rattlesnakes indeed rattle, and would therefore only be silent to the hearing impaired.

A sharp eye for detail will reveal that the location is clearly not the USA in which the picture is set, but actually Queensland, Australia, as such the peripheral cast will be familiar to Australian audiences with familiar faces in bit parts and some supporting roles. Not movie of the week material, but competent within in its own limitations and definitely worth a look for those who don't suffer from snake phobia.

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