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Sssssss (1973)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | July 1973 (USA)
A college student becomes lab assistant to a scientist who is working on a serum that can transform humans into snakes.

Writers:

Hal Dresner (screenplay), Daniel C. Striepeke (story) (as Dan Striepeke)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Strother Martin ... Dr. Carl Stoner
Dirk Benedict ... David Blake
Heather Menzies-Urich ... Kristina Stoner (as Heather Menzies)
Richard B. Shull ... Dr. Ken Daniels
Tim O'Connor ... Kogen
Jack Ging ... Sheriff Dale Hardison
Kathleen King ... Kitty Stewart
Reb Brown ... Steve Randall
Ted Grossman Ted Grossman ... Deputy Morgan Bock
Charles Seel Charles Seel ... Old Man
Ray Ballard Ray Ballard ... Waggish Tourist
Brendan Burns Brendan Burns ... Jock #1
Rick Beckner Rick Beckner ... Jock #2
Jim Drum Jim Drum ... Hawker #1 (as James Drum)
Ed McCready Ed McCready ... Hawker #2
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Storyline

David, a college student, is looking for a job. He is hired by Dr. Stoner as a lab assistant for his research and experiments on snakes. David also begins to fall for Stoner's young daughter, Kristina. However, the good doctor has secretly brewed up a serum that can transform any man into a King Cobra snake-and he plans to use it on David. Written by Anonymous

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Terror is ready to strike! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hissssss See more »

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The mongoose used in the movie was not a real mongoose at all. Instead the animal used was a tayra. A member of the weasel native to tropical Central America and tropical South America. See more »

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Dr. Stone mentions housing a snake in the "storm cellar" at one point. As the film is set in Southern California rather than the Midwest or the American South it is highly unlikely that Stoner's house would have a storm cellar. California is not prone to violent storms. See more »

Quotes

David Blake: I feel so sleepy.
Dr. Carl Stoner: It's the effect of the inoculation. You'll sleep very soundly tonight, David, and perhaps even through tomorrow. And if you're lucky, you may experience what few persons have ever known and lived to recall. You see, the venom of the cobra is one of nature's strongest hallucinogens!
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Crazy Credits

A pre-title card opens the film declaring all the reptiles used in the film were real and states "We wish to thank the cast and crew for their courageous efforts while being exposed to extremely hazardous conditions." See more »

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Video version has alternate footage of Heather Menzies' nude bathing scene. See more »

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Ssssssscary as Hell!!!
10 April 2000 | by dresdaSee all my reviews

Ok, I've got to qualify that "Ssssssscary as Hell!!!" statement. I first saw this movie on TV when I was like 5 years old. My babysitter wanted to watch it, despite the fact that it scared me to death. In fact, this movie is the one defining moment in my life that made me forever ssssssscared ssssssspitless of sssssssnakes.

About a year or so ago, I saw the ad for this movie on the SciFi channel and it again made my blood run cold. But I decided to watch it anyway, finger on the remote switcher button, to see if it was really as I remembered it 25 years ago. Granted, the special effects were exceedingly lame and the acting was even worse, but remember, this was made back in the early 70's -- long before Industrial Light and Magic and when the only prerequisite for acting was big boobs and a tight butt. Regardless, this movie, in it's time, really was ssssssscary. So scary, that after watching it (at that young age), that I refused to get in a shower (I'd only take baths) until I was probably 12. Oh, and I did actually get through the whole movie on SciFi and actually developed feelings for the pet cobra that gets...well, something happens to it, but I'm not telling what for those who haven't seen it. After watching it recently, a little bit of that pent up fear was released -- although, I still can't stand snakes, not even to look at a picture of them in a book or anything -- except cobras, I really like cobras, now.

Oh, well. I recommend the movie. Just remember the time period it came out of and watch it for what it is. Granted, the story-line was a bit hokey, but just think what it could be like if they made a remake with really good special effects, really good horror movie actors, and a little bit of work on the script.

Ssssssso long!


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