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Rattlers (1976)

PG | | Horror | 23 April 1976 (USA)
A herpetologist investigating a series of fatal rattlesnake attacks discovers that the creatures have been infected by a mysterious nerve gas disposed of in the desert by the military.


John McCauley




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Chew Jr. Sam Chew Jr. ... Dr. Tom Parkinson (as Sam Chew)
Elisabeth Chauvet Elisabeth Chauvet ... Ann Bradley
Dan Priest ... Colonel Stroud
Ronald Gold Ronald Gold ... Captain Delaney (as Ron Gold)
Al Dunlap Al Dunlap ... General Hinch
Dan Balentine Dan Balentine ... Pilot Hawkins
Gary Van Ormand Gary Van Ormand ... Woodley (as Gary Van Orman)
Darwin Joston ... Palmer (as Darwin Jostin)
Cary J. Pitts Cary J. Pitts ... Sergeant (as Cary Pitts)
Eric Lawson Eric Lawson ... Guard
Tony Ballen ... Sheriff Gates
Richard Lockmiller Richard Lockmiller ... Deputy
Jo Jordan Jo Jordan ... Mother
Scott McCartor ... Rick (as Scott McCarter)
Tipp McClure Tipp McClure ... Plumber


A large number of chemically altered rattlesnakes become fearsome killers in this TV chiller. The tale is set in the Mojave Desert and centers upon Sam Parkinson, a noted herpetologist, who has come to investigate a series of strange deaths that began with two dead children found near their parents' campsites. Written by Ørnås

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In some shots of Tom and the helicopter pilot flying through the desert you can tell that they are actually on the ground and that the helicopter's blades are not turning by the reflection in their sunglasses. See more »


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1 May 2011 | by TheExpatriate700See all my reviews

Rattlers is an suspenseless creature feature that goes on for too long, even though it only lasts 82 minutes. Long story made short, something in the desert is turning rattlesnakes into killing machines. A male female research team is called in to find out what.

Although the beginning of the film has a rapid series of snake attacks, midway through it gets bogged down in conspiracy subplots and a budding romance between the two leads. When people watch a movie called "Rattlers" they want to see snake bites, not gumshoeing.

To make matters worse, the characters talk about how gruesome the victims' bodies are, but the corpses are never shown. The film might be rated PG, but keep in mind this is a 70s PG, which could be stretched for a lot of gore (e.g. Jaws). Also, there is no real final confrontation with the snakes, which is a prerequisite for this kind of film.

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