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Rattlers (1976) 1976

3.1 out of 5 stars (12) IMDb 4.2/10

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.

Sam Chew Jr., Elisabeth Chauvet
1 hour, 20 minutes

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Genres Horror
Director John McCauley
Starring Sam Chew Jr., 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, Tipp McClure, Celia Milius, Travis Gold, Alan Decker, Bob Merchon, Ancel Cook
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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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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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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One of my favorite HORROR movies from the era of the ANIMALS who savagely killed humans. This movie is excellent in it's presentation and will make you squirm long after the movie is over. You may find yourself having nightmares. The only issue I has with this movie is that not all the snakes involved were actual rattlesnakes otherwise this movie goes down as a serious CULT CLASSIC with flicks like Jaws, DOGS,Day of The ANIMALS, GRIZZLY, BUGS and RATS. Movies that made you think twice about the animals living indoors and out. If you have not seen this movie I suggest that you pull up a seat and don't get too cozy.
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My girlfriend hates snakes...nay, she despises them with an extreme passion...why? I haven't the slightest idea...she's also not a big fan of horses, but that's only because one fell on her (no foolin'). At least with equines she can see them without going into a tizzy, which isn't the case with snakes. Needless to say, Rattlers (1976) is the kind of movie I could never get her to sit through, at least not without some very strong sedatives...released through Harry H. Novak's Box Office International Pictures, the film was produced, directed, and co-written by John McCauley, whose only other credit includes a feature titled Deadly Intruder (1985). Starring in Rattlers is Sam Chew Jr. (Voyager from the Unknown, Time Walker) and Elisabeth Chauvet, in her only silver screen appearance. Also appearing is Tony Ballen (Under the Rainbow), Ronald Gold (Helter Skelter), and Dan Priest (Tag: The Assassination Game, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer).

As the film begins we see two young boys leave their family's campsite in the desert to fool around on a ridge, and soon enough they find themselves in a den of bitey snakes (well, that's two less places at the dinner table tonight). We later discover this wasn't an isolated incident as snake related deaths within the Mojave County area are on the rise, so much so the sheriff (Ballen) contacts a nerdy, chauvinistic herpetologist (a specialist in reptiles and amphibians) by the name of Dr. Tom Parkinson (Chew) for help.
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