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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 ... 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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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The cast was considerably nervous about interacting with the live snakes. Star Heather Menzies said she was able to "steel" her nerves to work with her scaly co-stars during filming and forgot her original apprehension. However, after the production wrapped she said she reverted back to her original fear of snakes. 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

Dr. Carl Stoner: [Speaking to Harry the snake] You're asking me questions, Harry, and I hear you. A scientist cannot afford the indulgence of guilt. And after all, if God doesn't want me to continue, means of my disposal are always at his command.
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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

The UK video version was cut by 27 secs by the BBFC to heavily edit a scene where a snake fights a mongoose. See more »

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Referenced in Curse of the Puppet Master (1998) See more »

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"Don't say it--hiss it!"
28 June 2006 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Pretty silly horror movie about Dr. Carl Stoner (Strother Martin) who has perfected a drug that turns men into King Cobra snakes. (Yeah--I know it's ridiculous). WHY he wants to do this is never fully explained. He wants to use it on young David Blaine (Dirk Benedict)...but his daughter (Heather Menzies) is falling in love with him.

OK--the story is more than a little silly but this is fairly watchable. They used real snakes in the film (as a statement at the beginning tells us) and just watching them is pretty interesting. The story itself moves pretty quickly and (science aside) is pretty involving. The acting helps--Martin is actually not bad as the doctor; Benedict (so young and handsome) is also pretty good as Blaine and Menzies overdoes it a little (particularly in an argument with Martin) but she's not bad. There's also some fairly impressive (for the time) makeup and special effects. It's OK.

Trivia: Flashes of nudity (mostly from Menzies) are inexplicably "covered up" in the prints now in circulation. Strange--it was OK for a PG in 1973.


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