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King Cobra (1999)

Hoyt Axton , Megan Blake , David Hillenbrand  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hoyt Axton, Megan Blake, Arell Blanton, Gary Bristow, Cedric Duplechain
  • Directors: David Hillenbrand
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 1999
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JGLB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,549 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "King Cobra" on IMDb

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good but it still has big flaws August 29, 2003
Giant snake movies have been popular enough for quite a few of them to be made. This one involves a giant snake that is half king cobra and half diamondback rattler. That alone would make for a nasty critter, but there is no explanation as to why the thing is so big.
There is also a gap after the snake escapes (before the credits) and the main bulk of the movie. We get a screen with the words "2 Years Later". What has the giant snake been doing in all that time?
There was a touch of Jaws added in that the snake comes to a small town that is just about to be in the middle of a festival that spells financial freedom for much of the town (a local brewery is going to go national).
Our cast of characters includes the Mayor (Hoyt Axton is great as usual), his daughter who is a police officer, and her boyfriend who is the town doctor but is moving to the big city. Add the scientist whose lab the snake escape from (actually a good guy) and a herpetologist (Pat Morita) and you have pretty much the whole thing.
While this snake is huge, it is not bulletproof like Python. It is a normal genetically-spliced specimen. Ordinary tactics will work against it.
The film does a pretty good job of adding some tension and scenes that make you jump or flinch (something lacking from most of the snake movies). All in all a pretty good effort.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Possible To Like For Different Reasons June 22, 2001
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I am surprised to find that anyone thought this was a scary, well-acted, "carefully crafted" movie - their standards must be rather low. However giving King Cobra a low rating and being critical of its low-budget special effects, implausible action scenes and tired dialogue misses the fun: it's so bad it's good. Seeing Pat Morita seriously try to wrangle a giant snake, going mano a mano ("hand-to-hand") with the cobra spitting venom in his face, while Pat tries to subdue it using a pole is so lame one can only smile incredulously. Upon witnessing Pat saving the cobra's life from a shotgun blast only to then complain, "We've got to get that damn cobra before it gets one of us!" I could only shake my head. When no one bothers to watch where the giant snake slithers off to because they're too busy talking to each other about "the plan" I grinned at the director's failure to even try for believability. It helped that I found this movie in the bargain bin and that I drink alot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
In "King Cobra" Scott and David Hillenbrand bring us another giant snake epic. I have seen any number of this genre of films and this is actually one of the more entertaining of the bunch. The film borrows conceptually from the great "animals gone wild" films that came before it, most notably "Jaws", but does so in an entertaining manner that lets the film be derivative yet simultaneously amusing.

The film opens in a secret lab where there is a mutiny by several underlings who don't understand the scientific method at all well. The net result is the release of Seth, a giant half-cobra, half-rattlesnake mutant which was bio-engineered for maximum aggression.

Two years later a small town is preparing to host a lager festival, which is wholeheartedly endorsed by Erik Estrada in a hilarious and very flamboyant cameo completely unlike his typecast roles. After a few deaths the mayor is asked to call off the festival, but of course that's out of the question. An expert herpetologist is called. Who could it be? None other than Pat Morita, who comes up with a plan involving a vibrating machine, a large metal tube, and a goat to capture the snake. To say that the plan encounters difficulties is something of an understatement. (As an aside, is kung fu really a recommended method of self defense against a thirty foot long snake?) The plot is resolved and the cast is thinned out in a manner you may be completely expecting, but the scenes of the love-struck protagonists rolling a giant tube containing a huge snake around in the forest is a special treat.

The DVD has several extras including a decent commentary from the Hillenbrand brothers, a trailer for the film, and a making of feature that is brief but interesting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Bad Film January 19, 2001
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This is not a movie for you if you are looking for Masterpiece theatre.If, however, you enjoy the Mystery Theatre 3000 kind of film, strap yourself in for this one. It is so ludicrous and utterly preposterous that it is entertaining in its own badness. Where else can you see Pat Morita portray an illustrious herpetologist who hunts 30 foot poisonous snakes with nothing more than a stick? Let me just say this...wait for the drop-kick. You'll be rolling on the floor
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip this one!! September 20, 2000
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King Cobra tries to be a monster/ horror movie but it just doesn't work. The special effects and the story are weak and the snake looks ridiculous. Combine this with below par acting and you have one bad movie. If you must see this, rent it, but I must advise you to save your money, this one is not worth buying.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Its Bark is Worse Than its Bite... March 31, 2003
By John
King Cobra
I didn't know this was a sequel to the 1997 sleeper "Anaconda" until I looked it up on IMDb. Needless to say, it's worse than the original.
"The Karate Kid" star Pat Morita (yeah, the Chinese guy) stars as a snake hunter who must track down a genetically-altered King Cobra python-whatever when it escapes its super-duper high tech prison: a tin cage. Wow, the government must really be cutting down on containment these days. Anyway, Pat goes after the snake with the help of Scott Hillenbrand (also co-director of this journey) and Casey Fallo, who do, of course, fall in love and kiss right after a snake is about to chomp their heads off. But that's okay - it's in the script.
There are countless things in this film that are truly laughable, including the scene where Pat Morita tells Hillenbrand that he injects himself with snake venom to acquire an immunity to it. You can see the regret in Pat�s eyes. He knows this is a stinky movie, and he hates having to say what he�s saying. He�s been around in the Hollywood circuit long enough to know that saying that kind of thing can get a film - and an actor - killed. But directors can be very picky about their films. I just thought of something that rhymes with �picky,� as well.
Pat Morita is in the low-point of his career. Actually, let's face it: He doesn't have a career. He got lucky off a few �Karate Kid� movies, and his fame disappeared instantaneously. He tried to get back in the acting showbiz with �The Next Karate Kid,� but his plan backfired, and his apprentice in the film became the one to gain worldwide recognition AND an Oscar (Hilary Swank). Too bad for Pat.
Scott Hillenbrand is like scraping the bottom of the barrel. His acting talent is niltch. He can�t direct or act, which leaves me to wonder...
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5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is a a great movie to watch.
This movie has a lot of action and horror. I got my movie on time. Thank you for your great services. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alejandro
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opening glimpse into the dangers of substance abuse
This movie is a gripping, compelling account of the dangers of alcoholism and drug abuse. The movie starts us off in a lab, where the titular giant snake is exposed to chemicals... Read more
Published 19 months ago by John Perry
3.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Miyagi as King Cobra reigns down blows upon him
Ahhhh Mr Collins. King Cobra is yet another film paying homage to the golden years where Sid was living the carefree good life. Read more
Published on June 9, 2011 by Sid the Elf
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Tense Horror Drama With An Excellent "Lead Monster".
Having had a life long fear of snakes in general it seems strange that I would actually get around to viewing and reviewing a horror movie which features the most oversized and... Read more
Published on December 29, 2005 by Simon Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously, laugh out loud BAD!
I went into "King Cobra" wanting to hate it. And I do mean hate; the sort of all consuming, all caps HATE I reserve for my list of worst films. Read more
Published on March 20, 2005 by Jeffrey Leach
3.0 out of 5 stars Average snake movie.
This is just an average snake movie starring Pat Morita from the Karate Kid movies & Scott Brandon. Scott is a local doctor at a small town in California, Kasey Fallo is his... Read more
Published on September 24, 2004 by bill and phil does not matter
2.0 out of 5 stars instead
I reccommend Komodo instead. I prefer shark movies, but I liked Komodo better than all the croc,gator,snake movies i've seen.
Published on July 6, 2004 by Mari
3.0 out of 5 stars Tame but deadly
This is another snake horror movie. Made back in 1998. Some scientist are conduction some experiements. There is an accident the lab catch on fire. Read more
Published on April 23, 2004 by J. P. Suhr
3.0 out of 5 stars COILED TO STRIKE
KING COBRA is another giant snake movie; this time around it's a genetically enhanced cobra and rattlesnake that wreaks havoc. Read more
Published on March 19, 2004 by Michael Butts
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good
I rented this not knowing what to expect. This is one of the better Giant snake movies. I thought the snake design was quite good considering it is a strait to video release. Read more
Published on March 29, 2003 by Ryan M. Fels
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