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Spasms (1983)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 11 May 1984 (USA)
A gigantic serpent is captured on a remote island and shipped to an American college for experimentation. A British millionaire and an American scientist find themselves in hot pursuit of ... See full summary »

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William Fruet
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Fonda ... Dr. Tom Brasilian
Oliver Reed ... Jason Kincaid
Kerrie Keane ... Suzanne Cavadon
Al Waxman ... Warren Crowley
Miguel Fernandes ... Mendes / Tasaki (as Miguel Fernández)
Marilyn Lightstone ... Dr. Claire Rothman
Angus MacInnes ... Duncan Tyrone
Laurie J. Brown Laurie J. Brown ... Allison (as Laurie Brown)
Gerard Parkes ... Capt. Novack
William Needles William Needles ... Dean Franklin
Denis Simpson Denis Simpson ... Abo Shaman
Patrick Brymer Patrick Brymer ... Sailor / Agent
George Bloomfield George Bloomfield ... Rev. Thomas Thanner
Al Maini Al Maini ... Abo Interpreter
Denise Fergusson ... Psycho Patient
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Storyline

A gigantic serpent is captured on a remote island and shipped to an American college for experimentation. A British millionaire and an American scientist find themselves in hot pursuit of the beast when it escapes from captivity and starts to kill innocent people. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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You scream, you expand, you explode. A new source of evil is discovered and is out of control. See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Bite See more »

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Budget:

CAD 4,900,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color
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The production ran out of money before shooting was finished and the final scene was heavily padded with flashback sequences in an effort to lengthen the film to a respectable runtime See more »

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Boom mike visible in kitchen scene several times. See more »

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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Oliver Reed and Peter Fonda in their worst film
9 January 2003 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

Oliver Reed and Peter Fonda have both appeare in some appallingly bad films during their careers, but this is the worst of the lot. In fact, there's a strong case to be argued here that this might be the worst film ever made. Yes, it honestly is that bad!

The plot is stupid. It concerns a gigantic serpent captured on a far-off island which is brought to America for experiments. The beast escapes and goes on a killing rampage, but Reed is able to track it down because he shares a psychic link with it after it bit him on a hunting expedition years previously.

I watched this movie with a girl who was terrifed of snakes. Even she found it awful. The snake looks so fake, and the scenes in which it attacks victims are so devoid of tension, that there is nothing remotely scary about the film. Reed and Fonda are in this purely for the money. Their performances are neither interesting or interested, and the chemistry between the pair is nonexistent. I felt insulted by this movie and I wanted my money back after hiring it. Don't make the same mistake as me: steer clear of this film!


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