King Cobra

  • 1999
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Horror

What do you get when you cross a diamond-back rattlesnake with a giant cobra? Answer: A fairly entertaining, low-rent rip-off of JAWS. Enhanced by some sensibly postponed jumbo-snake effects, this serpentine flick startles without slithering off in any particularly new direction. Volatile chemicals explode when over-zealous lab assistants up the ante on...read more

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What do you get when you cross a diamond-back rattlesnake with a giant cobra? Answer: A fairly entertaining, low-rent rip-off of JAWS. Enhanced by some sensibly postponed jumbo-snake effects, this serpentine flick startles without slithering off in any particularly new

direction. Volatile chemicals explode when over-zealous lab assistants up the ante on the experiments of Dr. Irwin Burns (Joseph Ruskin). In the ensuing fire, a lab reptile nicknamed Seth escapes and undergoes an amazing growth spurt. Soon after, as residents prepare for a lager-beer festival, the

town of Fillmore experiences a rash of deadly snake attacks. Disturbed by the victims' total hematological and neurological disintegration, town medic Brad Kagan (Scott Brandon) sends for renowned herpetologist Nick Hashimoto (Pat Morita), who devises a cylinder in which to trap and kill the

beast. But Seth is reluctant to cooperate and eliminates several pillars of the community before fatally biting Hashimoto. Finally, Dr. Kagan and his main-squeeze, Deputy Jo Biddle (Kasey Fallo), lure the mega-snake into the deathtrap. This well-constructed, cheapie genre piece gives the snake

kingdom a rare chance to pay mankind back for turning members of its species into fashion accessories. If the acting is never above serviceable, the writing-directing team of Scott and David Hillenbrand knows where to point the camera for maximum scares. Erik Estrada pounds another nail in his

career coffin with a gratuitous, homophobic impersonation of an effeminate beer promoter, and Morita proselytizes in a manner reminiscent of his KARATE KID shtick, but these missteps aside, this chiller rattles. When the cobra takes center-stage, predisposed viewers will get that creepy-crawly

sensation that horror buffs crave.

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  • Released: 1999
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: What do you get when you cross a diamond-back rattlesnake with a giant cobra? Answer: A fairly entertaining, low-rent rip-off of JAWS. Enhanced by some sensibly postponed jumbo-snake effects, this serpentine flick startles without slithering off in any par… (more)

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