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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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Dr. Claire Rothman
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Duncan Tyrone
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Al Maini ...
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Denise Fergusson ...
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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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the guardian of the gates of hell... the ultimate terror as it rips into your flesh See more »

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11 May 1984 (USA)  »

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Death Bite  »

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CAD 4,900,000 (estimated)
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According to interviews with director William Fruet and some other people involved in movie at the time when it was released, longer version of the ending fight between Oliver Reed and giant snake was planned and filmed, it included parts where he stabs the snake and snake swallowing his arm but due to the problems with effects the scene was not finished and had to be cut. Scene where sailor who is bitten by snake gets his arm swallowed by it was also cut, and there was also a nightmare sequence in which some victims of the snake show up covered with gory wounds. Director said that he shot some additional violent scenes for the Far East versions of the movie but none of these sequences were ever reported to be included in any version. See more »

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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Satanic snake from hell.
27 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

A gigantic serpent from hell is captured on a remote island and shipped to an American college for some sort of scientific experimentation.An American scientist played by Peter Fonda tries to help wealthy Jason Kincaid(Oliver Reed),who has some kind of telepathic link with ghastly serpent.Snake called N'Gana Sunbu escapes from scientific laboratory and promptly begins killing people.It's up to Fonda and Reed to stop satanic snake from hell...I must say that William Fruet did some great exploitation thrillers like "Death Weekend","Funeral Home" or "Trapped".On the other hand,"Spasms" is his stab at animal attack sub-genre.The special effects are cheesy and the snake looks ridiculous.Still there is enough campy fun and bloody violence to satisfy any self-respecting fan of 80's horror cheese.7 serpents out of 10.Vastly enjoyable piece of trash.


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