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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
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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 »


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

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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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Nick Hashimoto calls the snake Seth even though he was never told that was its name. See more »

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Nick Hashimoto: Snakes kill more people in one year than sharks do in one hundred years.
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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Rattler in the Hood?
11 March 2006 | by teuthisSee all my reviews

Snake movies are the worst. And this one is the equal of any. A King Cobra/Rattlesnake hybrid has escaped from a lab wrecked by two of the most insane scientists in film history. The scene was brief, but possibly the most entertaining in the film. The monstrous mutation has claimed a small, rural town as its territory. Of course they are about to have a festival a beer fest no less! And will the Mayor cancel the festival because a couple of people are killed? What do you think?

The acting in King Cobra is remedial at best. Even Pat Morita cannot make is role entertaining. The stoic Casey Fallo was a pretty good reason to keep viewing. She was nice to watch in what little she was given to do. Everyone else was just not in attendance.

Perhaps the major problem for me in the film is that a snake was able to outsmart one-and-all homo sapiens throughout most of the film. And the two ton beast seemingly appeared and disappeared with all the velocity of a mako shark. He wafted through the delicate branches of trees with the grace of a ninety pound ballerina. A trained deputy is cornered against a tree by the rampaging reptile, and she panics, seemingly forgets she has a pistol in her hand, and screams for the hero; who drop-kicks the lightnening-fast saurian without even getting bitten.

One must always suspend belief to some extent in order to enjoy a monster film. However, the director created such a "super snake", and such inept humans, that King Cobra far surpassed my ability to stretch reality.This mess eventually became boring and predictable. That is the only real sin a monster film can commit. And it is terminal in King Cobra.

But it just might be that the worst faux pas of this film was the beer recipe recited by the supposed artisan brewer. If you are able to muster the gumption to watch this snake calamity, listen carefully for it. This "master brewer" is concocting a classic American mass-produced, tasteless near beer; not a sapid, artisan brew. After all, snakes are a dime a dozen, but a really good beer is sacred.

I cannot recommend this film, unless one is in traction and cannot reach the remote. However, perhaps enough good beer could make it tolerable?


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