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  • Actors: Strother Martin, Dirk Benedict, Heather Menzies-Urich
  • Directors: Bernard L. Kowalski
  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • Release Date: April 26 2016
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B01AB4Y78K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,380 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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Format: VHS Tape
This is a very creepy horror film from the 70's. Strother Martin (COOL HAND LUKE)as Dr. Carl Stoner plays an evil scientist who injects his lab assistant David Blake (Dirk Benedict/tv's, A-TEAM) with what he claims is an anti-venom serum. As time progresses David becomes ill and his skin starts to shed. The audience knows that he is being transformed into a snake (a king cobra). The transformation sequence from human, to half human/half-snake, and finally to full-fledged snake is a decent (and very,very disturbing) piece of film special effect for 1973 before the pre-digital age. Also, there is another repulsive scene when another character (played by Richard B Shull of tv's HOLMES AND YOYO) is oft by a snake. This too was a daring special effect for its time. Not to give any details away, but it was like watching something out of those nature shows seen on "Animal Planet" or "National Geographic". These two particular sequences will stay with you because they are that hauntingly creepy along with a climactic very unhappy ending. Furthermore, there are some scenes of a circus side-show that enhances the films' "freak-show" atmosphere. Overall, disturbing and a somewhat of a downer of a horror film and worth a look for its haunting themes. Note: Look for Heather Menzies as the daughter of Strother Martin. She's the widow of actor Robert Urich and was one of the Von Trapp children (she played Louisa) in the movie musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC with Julie Andrews.
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With its distinctive eye catching title "Ssssssss", is a minor horror effort that really stays in the mind after viewing it for a number of reasons. Firstly the level of acting and certainly the at times quite gruesome special effects are way above what you would expect from a supposedly "low budget", effort such as this. Secondly the many scenes involving the actors working with very deadly species of snakes such as King Cobras and Pythons are guaranteed to send shivers down your spine if like me, you are squeamish around these reptiles. Respected character actor Strother Martin still best remembered for his memorable work as the prison gang supervisor with Paul Newman in "Cool Hand Luke", plays the central character of Dr. Carl Stoner an ophiologist (expert on snakes), who has very "original", views on the future of evolution and it is he who really gives this film its chillingly memorable quality in a terrific performance.
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.
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I first saw this movie in the early 80's. For several years I've been searching for "Sssssss" to add to my collection. Overall, this is a sssssuperb movie. The acting needed impovement. But, for its time (1973) the effcts were good. The end was somewhat a disappointment; I was expecting a huge snake to emerge. Nevertheless, I would like to see a sequel to this movie; an updated version with modernized effects and the great Dr. having the ability to make a larger more gigantic snake. With the special effects capablities of the 90's a sequel to "Sssssss" would be a Ssssssstupendous, Sssssssuperlative movie.
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I love to read reviews of this film. They will ultimately wind up saying: "IT'S TOO UNBELIEVABLE!!!" Hey, this is a horror film! Was Frankenstein, Dracula, or the Wolfman unbelievable??
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. (...)!
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This movie is typical of the early 70's horror produced by larger studios. It isn't very gory and the nudity and sex is kept to a minimum, but it has a certain appeal because of the acting and effects. (Fair warning to male viewers: there is somewhat more male nudity in this film than female nudity.)
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.
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