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Cult of the Cobra (1955)

Approved | | Fantasy, Horror | 5 August 1955 (Finland)
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American G.I.s who trespass on a Hindu ceremony are hunted down by a beautiful woman who has the power to transform herself into a cobra.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lisa Moya
... Paul Able
... Tom Markel
... Julia Thompson
... Pete Norton
... Carl Turner
Myrna Hansen ... Marian Sheehan
... Rico Nardi
... Daru
James Dobson ... Cpl. Nick Hommel
... Police Inspector
Carl Carlsson ... Cult Dancer (as The Carlssons)
Ruth Carlsson ... Cult Dancer (as The Carlssons)
... Major Martin Fielding
... Mrs. Webber
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While stationed in Asia, six American G.I.'s witness the secret ritual of Lamians (worshipers of women who can change into serpents). When discovered by the cult, the High Lamian Priest vows that "the Cobra Goddess will avenge herself". Once back in the United States, a mysterious woman enters into their lives and accidents begin to happen. The shadow of a cobra is seen just before each death. Written by Scott Blacksher

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De verering van de cobra  »

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In its first run engagements, it was widely shown on the lower half of a double bill with Revenge of the Creature (1955). See more »

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Major Martin Fielding: Only a snake with a brain could have got into that room last night and singled out that same kid. It's almost as if... well, it's absurd, but... as if he were meant to go that way.
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Serpent Time
18 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

Set in 1945, six American GIs crash a cult that worships snakes, and are threatened to be killed, one by one, for their misdeeds. The setup is a bit long (about 15 minutes), but once they get back to New York City, the excitement begins. Faith Domergue is amazingly beautiful, and most alluring, as an Asian "Cobra Woman", an instrument of death. Despite his third billing in the film, Marshall Thompson is her co-star, giving a strong performance as the GI who falls for her, and proves her ruin. He and the rest of the cast, Richard Long, William Reynolds, Jack Kelly and David Janssen, became more successful as television stars. Kathleen Hughes is also on hand as a pretty blonde love interest. Not much is made to recreate the era, it's definitely 1955, via the clothes, makeup, hairstyles, etc. And when Domergue is transformed back to a human, she's fully clothed! But as in most of Universal-International's decade of science fiction/horror classics, which hold up better (and are re-shown on Cable and released to DVD/video) than their other output, save a few Douglas Sirk dramas, it's well-written, photographed, scored, paced and acted.


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