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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.



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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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Don't mess with mother nature! 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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English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 April 1999 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Seth See more »

Filming Locations:

Fillmore, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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[All trivia items for this title are spoilers.] 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 »


Nick Hashimoto: Snakes kill more people in one year than sharks do in one hundred years.
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Referenced in Game Box 1.0 (2004) See more »


Seth Is The Devil
Written by Hoyt Axton
Performed by Hoyt Axton
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The snakes scenes deliver the goods with scares and chills though with short budget
28 May 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film tells about Dr Burns in charge a environment lab making scientific experiments but it turns out to be a bio-genetically King Cobra that has a taste for human flesh .The researcher makes a chemical crossing two species, creating a weird and dangerous hybrid ,being transformed into deadly vipers: an African King Cobra and an American rattle snake with approximate length of thirty feet and whose bites killing its victims.But the laboratory instantly explodes .Two years later the giant snake makes a reappearance and and get loose, attacking at a small town and threaten the populace.Noriyuki, Pat Morita as a snakes expert tells: the African King cobra kills more people than one shark along hundred years .Morita says the snakes have bitten him 167 occasions and he's continuously injecting serum and keeps records with a bite black Mamba snake.The King Cobra simulates death for attraction the victims. and causing a breakdown of the blood cells.The poisonous Cobra-Rattler attack at random and slither down the mountainside,woods and slither around small town,ready to attack anyone in its path.

This is an average scary snake movie .Creepy,scary,campy and low budgeter story about a large snake attacking human beings. Mediocre performances though the actors reacts appropriately to becoming snake food.Rather sympathetic characterization by Pat Morita for the horror genre.Besides Hoyt Axton as the Mayor and Eric Strada as a gay man organizing the brew-fest.The snake are made by Animatronics ,no by nowadays very prolific computer generator,as usual. Another films about this sub-genre are : SSS(Bernard Kowalski),the successful Anaconda(Luis Llosa with Jennifer López),Python 1,2,Boa and Rattlers.The motion picture is regularly directed by David Hillenbrand.

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