Rattlers (1976) 1976 NR CC

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A noted herpetologist is sent to investigate a series of strange deaths that began with two dead children found near their parents' campsites in the Mojave Desert.

Starring:
Sam Chew, Elisabeth Chauvet
Runtime:
1 hour 21 minutes

Rattlers (1976)

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Product Details

Genres Horror
Director John McCauley
Starring Sam Chew, Elisabeth Chauvet
Supporting actors Dan Priest, Ronald Gold, Al Dunlap, Dan Balentine, Gary Van Ormand, Darwin Joston, Cary J. Pitts, Eric Lawson, Tony Ballen, Richard Lockmiller, Jo Jordan, Scott McCartor, Tip McClure, Celia Milius, Travis Gold, Alan Decker, Bob Merchon, Ancel Cook
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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The ending (I think the director was trying to be Sergio Leone) makes little sense, but that's part of the movie's fun.
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As I said, there are a decent amount of real snakes throughout the film, but not a whole lot actual shots of snakes biting people.
cookieman108
There's even a "The End ... or is it?" that harkens back to the monster movies of the 1950s, of which this is a game retread.
Greg Goodsell

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Blahblahblah on November 1, 2002
Format: DVD
I give "Rattlers" 3 stars, "The Snake People" 4 stars, and the extras 3 stars.
Rattlers is just another one of the many barely distinguishable movies about humans attacked by swarms of snakes/spiders/bees/ants/frogs/etc. which came out in huge numbers in the 1970s. It has all the usual characters: the local sheriff, the good scientist, the love interest, the small-town victims, etc. Not bad as a time-waster, but this one doesn't even have the usual big-name B actor like William Shatner or Michael Caine to laugh at.
"The Snake People", which isn't even given double billing on the front cover, is not only a longer film, but far superior. It is one of several cheap Mexican films Boris Karloff made towards the end of his life (usually small, unimportant scenes filmed in L.A. sliced into the rest of the movie, filmed in Mexico). Most of these films were quite exploitative, making me wonder if Karloff knew the true contents of the rest of these films. However, this one is very tame and could easily get a PG rating. Unlike the rest of Karloff's last films, the Snake People has half decent production values (except for the titles) and is a fun movie for reasons other than its unintentional humour. This one was scripted (but not directed) by Jack Hill, who is now largely famous for being the writer and director of most of Pam Grier's hits and for being a major influence upon Tarrantino.
The Snake People is about a very professional but slighty sadistic Mexican officer arriving in a village plagued by "superstitious" beliefs about voodoo in order to clean it up. He is accompanied by Karloff's temperance worker daughter who wants to wipe out alcoholism in the town and who, despite her slogan "Lips that touch the bottle will never touch mine", falls for the handsome local police Lt.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Greg Goodsell on June 8, 2003
Format: DVD
RATTLERS (1976) is a forgotten little fright film released by the ubiquitous Harry Novak that I recall playing the Drive-Ins during my youth. It failed to get an official video release, and is now winging its way to us via the good folks at Something Weird DVD! One should be warned that just because it's digital, it doesn't mean that RATTLERS is a feast for the senses: indeed, the print is brown, worn-out and ugly to the eye. In actuality, it adds to the grittiness of its barren desert setting.
We know the film has its heart in the right place when two tow-headed little boys wander from their family RV to go snooping around the Mojave Desert and fall into a bed of rattlesnakes. Ah! How trash films of this era rose to the occasion ... starting a film with the deaths of two small children whose biggest sin was taking a sip from their white trash daddy's beer! Something's not right as other citizens of the sand-swept area begin to fall prey to the slithery ones .... A farm boy goes in search of his father, finds a rattler in a hayloft and falls to his death, starting a fire. A suburban ranch house becomes inundated with writhing diamondbacks. A bitter divorcee enjoys a bubble bath when her tub becomes full of snakes (perhaps taking a cue from the "parasite rape" scene in Cronenberg's SHIVERS/THEY CAME FROM WITHIN that hit theaters the year before). The Mojave Sheriff's Department enlists the aid of a herpetologist Dr. Tom Parkinson (Sam Chew Jr.) to find out the reason behind the reptilian backlash at the princely sum of $200 a day. He's paired with photographer and Ali McGraw look-alike Anne (Elisabet Chauvet).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 11, 2006
Format: DVD
Oh no! The army's been dumping more horrid chemicals in the desert! This time it's effected the natural order by turning harmless rattlesnakes into hyper-aggressive killers! No one is safe from the venomous fangs of these slithery fiends! They can even bite through jeep tires! Can a herpitologist (Sam Chew) find a way to deal w/ these vipers of doom?? RATTLERS is an ok movie, w/ some mildly exciting scenes and minimal carnage. Meanwhile, SNAKE PEOPLE is a wild affair w/ Boris Karloff as a voodoo guy and exotic dancing legend Tongalele as the red hot voodoo priestess! Yessiree!! Watch also for the cannibal women!...
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