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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.

Director:

Francis D. Lyon

Writers:

Jerry Davis (story), Jerry Davis (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Faith Domergue ... Lisa Moya
Richard Long ... Paul Able
Marshall Thompson ... Tom Markel
Kathleen Hughes ... Julia Thompson
William Reynolds ... Pete Norton
Jack Kelly ... Carl Turner
Myrna Hansen Myrna Hansen ... Marian Sheehan
David Janssen ... Rico Nardi
Leonard Strong ... Daru
James Dobson James Dobson ... Cpl. Nick Hommel
Walter Coy ... Police Inspector
Carl Carlsson Carl Carlsson ... Cult Dancer (as The Carlssons)
Ruth Carlsson Ruth Carlsson ... Cult Dancer (as The Carlssons)
Olan Soule ... Major Martin Fielding
Helen Wallace ... Mrs. Webber
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Storyline

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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The fangs of the Snake Goddess will PIERCE YOUR FLESH! See more »

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Fantasy | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1955 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Cult of the Serpent See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mari Blanchard started the film, but was replaced after a few days' shooting by Faith Domergue. See more »

Quotes

Carl Turner: You know, it doesn't make any sense. A guy goes through a whole war without a scratch and then ends up like this!
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She who is a Snake
10 December 2015 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

The beginning when the snake charmer offers to show us "She who is a snake" for 100 dollars, followed by a well done and costumed dance scene, is good. The ending is suspenseful and quite good. Unfortunately, everything in between is mush. An effective performance by Faith Domergue as a cult leader who has the instincts to be more humanistic (but doesn't quite know how) cannot overcome the blandly directed, badly lit, overly padded middle hour-plus of this movie. Unfortunately the producers are too cheap to show any cult activity or morphing scenes during the long middle, instead all is only shadow or off screen except at the beginning and the very end.

The five future TV stars who portray potential cult victims are all capable and watchable but their efforts are mostly swallowed up in the long dreary middle of the movie. Many familiar faces are also present such as first class actor Walter Coy (The Searchers '56), and also Bing Russell and Ed Platt.

I expected more from a Universal horror movie. This film suffers from lack of style, imagination or excitement but you will be pleased to see the talented and enjoyable cast.


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