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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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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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Did You Know?


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The snake in this movie has a spectacle shape on the back of its hood which is the trademark for the Indian cobra (naja naja) not the king cobra (ophiophagus hannah) (although it could be argued that the Indian cobra is acting, and playing the part of a king cobra for the movie). See more »


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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Written by Ron Wasserman and Kathy Fisher
Performed by Fisher
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Its Bark is Worse Than its Bite...
5 June 2003 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

King Cobra

I didn't know this was a sequel to the 1997 sleeper "Anaconda" until I looked it up on IMDb. Needless to say, it's worse than the original.

"The Karate Kid" star Pat Morita (yeah, the Chinese guy) stars as a snake hunter who must track down a genetically-altered King Cobra python-whatever when it escapes its super-duper high tech prison: a tin cage. Wow, the government must really be cutting down on containment these days. Anyway, Pat goes after the snake with the help of Scott Hillenbrand (also co-director of this journey) and Casey Fallo, who do, of course, fall in love and kiss right after a snake is about to chomp their heads off. But that's okay - it's in the script.

There are countless things in this film that are truly laughable, including the scene where Pat Morita tells Hillenbrand that he injects himself with snake venom to acquire an immunity to it. You can see the regret in Pat's eyes. He knows this is a stinky movie, and he hates having to say what he's saying. He's been around in the Hollywood circuit long enough to know that saying that kind of thing can get a film - and an actor - killed. But directors can be very picky about their films. I just thought of something that rhymes with `picky,' as well.

Pat Morita is in the low-point of his career. Actually, let's face it: He doesn't have a career. He got lucky off a few `Karate Kid' movies, and his fame disappeared instantaneously. He tried to get back in the acting showbiz with `The Next Karate Kid,' but his plan backfired, and his apprentice in the film became the one to gain worldwide recognition AND an Oscar (Hilary Swank). Too bad for Pat.

Scott Hillenbrand is like scraping the bottom of the barrel. His acting talent is niltch. He can't direct or act, which leaves me to wonder...how did he get his big break? I can't imagine he gained anything from the 1997 thriller `Hostile Takeover'.

David Hillenbrand, Scott's brother, is the other co-director of this film. And quite frankly, they both share the family gene specialty, which is being manager at a McDonald's somewhere out in Oklahoma. That's their specialty, and they should stick to it.

Saying this movie is bad is like saying "Anaconda" was sort of bad. The original was awful enough, but this sinks even lower in the depths than the original.

Sure, it's great for a Friday or Saturday night when you've got nothing else to do. But in all honestly, I'd rather waste 93 minutes of my life on something good than something below-average, even if it has a campy quality to it (and not much at that!).

Worth avoiding at all costs. Well, almost all costs. It's hard to keep a straight face when Morita says he injects himself with snake poison. What a pathetic way to make the hero immune to venom. B-A-D is written all over this straight-to-video flop.

0/5 Stars -

John Ulmer

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