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Sssssss (1973)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | July 1973 (USA)
A college student becomes lab assistant to a scientist who is working on a serum that can transform humans into snakes.

Writers:

Hal Dresner (screenplay), Daniel C. Striepeke (story) (as Dan Striepeke)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Strother Martin ... Dr. Carl Stoner
Dirk Benedict ... David Blake
Heather Menzies-Urich ... Kristina Stoner (as Heather Menzies)
Richard B. Shull ... Dr. Ken Daniels
Tim O'Connor ... Kogen
Jack Ging ... Sheriff Dale Hardison
Kathleen King ... Kitty Stewart
Reb Brown ... Steve Randall
Ted Grossman Ted Grossman ... Deputy Morgan Bock
Charles Seel ... Old Man
Ray Ballard Ray Ballard ... Waggish Tourist
Brendan Burns Brendan Burns ... Jock #1
Rick Beckner Rick Beckner ... Jock #2
Jim Drum Jim Drum ... Hawker #1 (as James Drum)
Ed McCready Ed McCready ... Hawker #2
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Storyline

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. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Terror is ready to strike! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hissssss See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The library was a real herpetological library See more »

Goofs

Dr. Stone mentions housing a snake in the "storm cellar" at one point. As the film is set in Southern California rather than the Midwest or the American South it is highly unlikely that Stoner's house would have a storm cellar. California is not prone to violent storms. See more »

Quotes

Kogen: You are a real and a bona fide genius. First one I ever met.
Dr. Carl Stoner: It's rare to be appreciated for one's failures.
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Crazy Credits

A pre-title card opens the film declaring all the reptiles used in the film were real and states "We wish to thank the cast and crew for their courageous efforts while being exposed to extremely hazardous conditions." See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK video version was cut by 27 secs by the BBFC to heavily edit a scene where a snake fights a mongoose. See more »

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User Reviews

 
A mad doctor experimenting with snakes and humans with terrible consequences
15 January 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film deals a mad doctor(Strother Martin),his former helper has disappeared and he asks to University professor(Richard B. Shull)a student. A young man called David (Richard Benedict)looking for employment is hired by the scientific.The doctor works a secrets experiments on snakes.Meanwhile David falls in love with his daughter(Heather Menzies).Then the ¨mad doctor¨ injects him a serum into becoming a King Cobra snake causing a horrible transformation.

The motion picture packs horror,romance,shocks and is quite entertained. In the film appear known actors from the 70s and 80s as Dick Benedict(¨Galactica Battlestar,A Team¨),Strother Martin(Peckimpah's usual player:¨Wild bunch¨),Heather Menzies(Robert Urich wife and little girl actress in ¨Sound of music¨)and Reb Brown(a beefcake who played many hunk men vehicles). John Chambers provides a deliriously imaginative make-up ,he won an Academy Award by the classic ¨Planet of Apes¨and made the sequels among others films(Phantom of the paradise ans Island of Dr. Moreau).Executive producers are Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown ,short time after they produced the successful ¨Jaws¨to Steven Spielberg. The motion picture is well directed by Bernard L. Kowalski who worked with Roger Corman.Slick film aimed at youthful audiences and terror lovers.


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