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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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Can a woman's beauty be changed to a thing of terror? 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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References Wagon Master (1950) See more »

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A Reptile Dysfunction/Imperialism Gets Bit!
5 October 2004 | by dmh7See all my reviews

I and my friends have viewed this film more than a few times since first seeing it about two years ago. We find it fascinating, because - like many "cheap" productions - it has unconscious psychological/cultural elements that make it timelessly significant and - frankly - as entertaining as hell.

One of the large themes coursing through the film is American imperialism, as it manifests itself in the GIs' callous disregard of local religious customs, and the subsequent defilement of a temple by theft. Needless to say, vengeance is forthcoming in the guise of a cobra/woman. These things happen...

Once this avenger has come to the U.S. the boorish behavior of the men continues, their imperialism now rendered down to mere sexual aggressiveness: one of the men finds it perfectly okay to go into a woman's apartment while she's out and camp on the couch.

Men die, and one shouldn't forget they EARNED it. And the very ending is a psycho-sexual gem, which prompts one to rename the film "Omigod, I Screwed A Snake." The man who skulks away will not be showing his face in any society for a long, long time.


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