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David, a college student, is looking for a job. He is hired by Dr. Stoner as a lab assistant for his research and experiments on snakes. David also begins to fall for Stoner's young daughter, Kristina. However, the good doctor has secretly brewed up a serum that can transform any man into a King Cobra snake-and he plans to use it on David.
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The action opens with a strange "pick up", taking place from Dr. Stoner's lab at his isolated country property late at night. It seems that one of Dr. Stoners secret experiments has failed and the "end result", of that experiment is being farmed out to the local sideshow for a place in the freak show. Only later does the sinister cause of this experiment come to light. Later at the local school Stoner approaches rival academic Dr. Daniels (Richard B. Shull) about the possibility of getting an assistant over the summer after his former assistant had to in his words "leave at very short notice due to a family illness". David Blake (Dirk Benedict), takes the position and goes to live at Dr. Stoner's while he supposedly is to assist him into snake venom research.Read more ›
Anyway, this flick is head and shoulders above the typical fare in terms of acting, direction, dialogue and most of the effects.
The plot is simple: a mad scientist tries to turn a young man into a snake. The interesting wrinkle is that his daughter happens to be in love with the guy.
Instead of complaining about the weak ending, I've thought of a much better ending. (...)!
If you like Strother Martin (and I do), you will find that this is one of his best roles. Compared to other roles in his career he underplays it here (a considerable achievement because his character is as nutty as a fruitcake). The underplaying of the mad doctor's character helps to lend credibility to the silly plot and it is easier to suspend our disbelief. I give lots of credit to the director if it was his idea to play it this way. We get to see a side of Mr. Martin's talent that we don't usually see - and his acting is very good. It looks like he really handles the snakes in this movie (although they may not really be the dangerous species that the producers would lead you to believe). Dirk Benedict and Heather Menzies give adequate performances for their characters.
The plot is silly and really unbelievable: a mad doctor wants to create a new race of intelligent snakes by transforming humans. He is certain that there is going to be a cataclysm which will destroy the human race because of our lack of responsibility with the environment. His super-snakes are supposed to be able to survive the disaster. He achieves transformation by injecting his victim with snake extract (or something like that).
The effects in this film are quite good, especially considering the time when this film was made. (The effects would be much better today, of course, with existing technology.) There are some fairly suspenseful scenes showing the handling of snakes and extraction of their venom.Read more ›
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My daughter and I together looked at this movie and we both liked it. Not as thrilling as when I first saw it in the early 70's, I guess because I'm older now. Read morePublished on March 8 2012 by Amazon Customer
Rien à redire : livraison plus que rapide & Produit soigneusement emballé !
Merci Beaucoup !
Yes, Ssssssss will never be considered one of the "great" lost 70s films, but it is a lot of fun to watch. Read morePublished on June 18 2002 by MoE
Thisssssss, isss a ssspectacular movie and a ssshort one for sssci-fi. It'ssss jusst sssso ssshort that it made me ssssad. Thisss isss Matthew Hill ssspeaking. Read morePublished on March 31 2002
Superior 1973 thriller that is occasionally shown on the Sci-Fi cable network. Interesting to see several character actors who were familiar sights throughout the 80s & 90s at... Read morePublished on Dec 3 2001
Dirk Benedict was SO cute at 20! Imagine my horror when a mad scientist tells him to take off his his shirt to that he can inject him with a special "serum". Read morePublished on March 17 2000 by GlennInOC@aol.com
SSSS makes up in suspense and b-movie star power what it lacks in production values. Strother Martin is a classic 2nd string villain. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2000 by Mike Noga