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Jaws of Satan (1981)

R | | Horror | 15 January 1982 (USA)
A preacher whose ancestors were cursed by Druids battles Satan, who has taken the form of a huge snake.

Director:

Bob Claver

Writers:

James Callaway (story), Gerry Holland (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fritz Weaver ... Father Tom Farrow
Gretchen Corbett ... Dr. Maggie Sheridan
Jon Korkes ... Dr. Paul Hendricks
Norman Lloyd ... The Monsignore
Diana Douglas ... Evelyn Downs
Bob Hannah ... Matt Perry
Nancy Priddy ... Elizabeth Perry
Christina Applegate ... Kim Perry
John McCurry John McCurry ... Sheriff George Tatum
Jack Gordon Jack Gordon ... Mayor Grady Thorpe (as Jack Gordan)
Allene Simmons Allene Simmons ... Nurse Peggy (as Alene Simmons)
Mary Lyons McEvoy Mary Lyons McEvoy ... Mrs. Carson
Bill Gribble Bill Gribble ... Trainman
Jamie Lawrence Jamie Lawrence ... Carnie Kid
Mark Richards Mark Richards ... Dr. Owens
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A preacher whose ancestors were cursed by Druids battles Satan, who has taken the form of a huge snake.

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Trivia

Christina Applegate's film debut. See more »

Goofs

When the devil cobra attacks and kills the man on the train, the glass that separates the snake from the man is visible. You can even see the mans reflection in it. And when the snake "bites" the man, you hear the snake thump the glass with its head. See more »

Quotes

Father Tom Farrow: D'you know why a pig is like a saint?
Mrs. Carson: No, Father.
Father Tom Farrow: Because he gets more praise after he's dead that when he's alive.
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Admittedly, not very good, but not all that bad either.
30 May 2015 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

A king cobra being transported by train to a carnival supposedly becomes the resting place for Satan himself. And in this form, Satan has the ability to command other slithering reptiles to do his bidding. This company of snakes arrives in a small town to disrupt the lives of the locals, among them irreverent priest Father Tom Farrow (Fritz Weaver, "Creepshow"), dedicated doctor Maggie Sheridan (Gretchen Corbett, "Let's Scare Jessica to Death", 'The Rockford Files'), and herpetologist Paul Hendricks (Jon Korkes, "Syngenor").

"Jaws of Satan" certainly wears its influences right on its sleeve, including the naming of the Hendricks character. It plays like a cross between "Jaws" and "The Exorcist", except without the level of craftsmanship in those two classics. It's directed in very workmanlike fashion by TV veteran Bob Claver, in what appears to be his only feature film. The shocks aren't anything special, nor are the suspense scenes, but at least the animal action is well executed. If this low budget production at least *looks* very good, that's due to the contributions of the great cinematographer Dean Cundey and camera operator Raymond Stella, two guys who did some of their best work for the director John Carpenter. The music score by Roger Kellaway ("Evilspeak", "Silent Scream") is quite good, and the movie does have an atmospheric opening. The similarity to "Jaws" itself is quite obvious in the way that the mayor (Jack Gordon) and businessman Matt Perry (Bob Hannah) don't want public fears about snakes to interfere with the operation of their brand spanking new dog racing track.

Some of the supporting cast is rather nondescript, but things are held together by a highly engaging Weaver. Diana Douglas, whose son Joel was the production manager, co-stars as the doom sayer Evelyn Downs. A very young Christina Applegate makes her film debut here, playing the daughter of her real-life mom Nancy Priddy's character.

This viewer found "Jaws of Satan" agreeable enough. It's not a great movie, or even a good one, really, but it's passable schlock for lovers of Animal Attack cinema.

Five out of 10.


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Language:

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Release Date:

15 January 1982 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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