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King Cobra (1999)

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A mutated snake escapes from a laboratory and terrorizes the residents of a small California brewery town.





Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Morita ... Nick Hashimoto
Scott Hillenbrand Scott Hillenbrand ... Dr. Brad Kagen (as Scott Brandon)
Casey Fallo Casey Fallo ... Jo Biddle (as Kasey Fallo)
Hoyt Axton ... Mayor Ed Biddle
Joseph Ruskin ... Dr. Irwin Burns
Courtney Gains ... Dr. Joseph McConnell
Eric Lawson Eric Lawson ... Sheriff Ben Lowry
Arell Blanton Arell Blanton ... Jesse
Jerry Kernion ... Conrad
Michael Leopard Michael Leopard ... Buck
Erik Estrada ... Bernie Alvarez
Nick Jameson ... Jurgen Werner
Cedric Duplechain ... Deputy Bud Fuller
Paul Morgan Fredrix Paul Morgan Fredrix ... Dr. Pat Kagen
Gary Bristow Gary Bristow ... Billy


When a team of scientists led by Dr. Irwin Burns test an experimental drug that increases aggression in animals and humans, their biochemical lab explodes and a mutated nightmare escapes. Half African King Cobra and half Eastern Diamondback, Seth is pure evil. He's 30 feet long with a giant appetite for terror. Written by Mike

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30 Feet Of Pure Terror! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for monster violence and terror, and for some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Last screen appearance of Hoyt Axton (1938-1999) See more »


During the hunt for the snake, Buck's camouflage face paint keeps changing between shots. In some shots, it covers the entire face and looks freshly applied, in others, it looks faded, smeared and partially wiped off. See more »


Dr. Irwin Burns: How is this supposed to work again?
Nick Hashimoto: The vibrations from the thumper box will attract Seth to the area.
Dr. Irwin Burns: Hopefully.
Nick Hashimoto: Oh, he'll come. I designed that box myself. It always works. And when he sees the gourmet meal that we have catered for him, lunch time begins. And then while he's digesting and becomes a little sluggish, the show begins. I'll wrangle him into the tube. You guys will seal the tube, after he's cleared of course, and you lock him in. I'll turn on the gas and our overgrown elapid will go ...
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Referenced in Game Box 1.0 (2004) See more »


Written by Rick Hromadka
Performed by Double Naught Spies
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There once was a snake named Seth
22 July 2005 | by BogmeisterSee all my reviews

30 feet of pure terror! So proclaims the jacket ad. The monster snake is actually a Cobra-Rattlesnake creation, the result of genetic tinkering. After the obligatory lab explosion, it escapes and settles down in a small rural town to make life hectic for the hicks, who call in snake-expert Pat Morita (from Happy Days and the "Karate Kid" movies). This flic is rather low-budget and must have went direct-to-video. I'm not really sure how much of it is unintentionally funny or tongue-in-cheek (especially the climactic battle between Morita & the Monster, who, by the way, is named Seth). But, it comes off as entertaining in a goofy, lopsided manner, hearkening back to all those monster flics of the 1950s (and the 1970s, come to think of it). There weren't that many giant snake movies back then, however, instead mostly giant insects and an occasional lizard. Then we got "Anaconda" in '97 and the rest is history - the Sci-Fi Channel has a sub genre load of these by now. The snake-monster itself in "King Cobra" is fairly well executed, showing that even with a very low budget, FX can be done in a reasonable fashion these days. Lucky us.

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Release Date:

29 April 1999 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Seth See more »

Filming Locations:

Fillmore, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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