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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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For them there is no esssssscape 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

For the scene where Dr. Stoner first injects David, Strother Martin actually makes a real hypodermic puncture on Dirk Benedict's arm with the needle. See more »

Goofs

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

Kristina Stoner: Your face...
David Blake: What about it?
Kristina Stoner: I don't know. It looks different.
David Blake: Late adolescence. As for the rest of me, haven't you ever seen wild-eyed passion before?
Kristina Stoner: [Giggles, but then her mood changes]
Kristina Stoner: ...Show me.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in The Devil Within (2010) See more »

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Still enjoyable after all these years.
23 June 2006 | by Bloody-ThumbSee all my reviews

I have fond memories of watching this film as a kid. So often those movies you enjoyed as a kid turn out to be trash when you watch them as an adult, but this was a rare case of a movie that managed to hold up.

Sure it has it's faults, but nothing that can't be over looked. The plot is a bit silly, and the ending more so, but the way the movie is played you ignore the rampant over acting and outside of reality plot.

Plus, the film doesn't seem aged. So many films from the Seventies look so out of place looking at them in modern times, but this film managed to avoid all of the trappings that put it out of time. It holds up amazingly well for a thirty plus year old movie.

If you've seen this once and remember it fondly, i recommend a fresh look through grown up eyes.


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