Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Ssssssss (1973) aka SSSSnake
Tagline: Terror is ready to strike!
Directed by: Bernard L. Kowalski
Written by: Hal Dresner, Daniel C. Striepeke
Actors include: Strother Martin, Dirk Benedict, Heather Menzies
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Surprisingly effective and chilling low budget snake film. I'd been recommended this from a co-worker named Dean and since he'd been right about the last few he recommended we gave this a try. Firstly if you are afraid of snakes (I'm somewhat) this is hard to watch, they use real deadly snakes in this and often. It's the kind of intense feeling one gets from watching the Crocodile Hunter or something watching these poor actors have to act around this horribly poisonous creatures. The story is about a scientist who gets a student to help him in his snake lab. He starts injecting him with a serum to prevent death from snake bites yet of course that wasn't the truth at all! The effects were shockingly good and the story was not only disturbing and creepy but consistently entertaining. I had no idea this would be so good, especially from the title and the fact that nobody else seems to mention this one. Oh and the only bad thing about this was poor Heather Menzies outfits, awful mullet hair and silly glasses, distractingly bad.
Availability: On DVD