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Snakes in Movies
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Snake Face
All Movie Snakes
Must Die!
All Movie Snakes
Want to Kill You!
Snake Bites
Snakes Used
as Weapons
Giant Monster Snakes with a Taste
for Human Flesh
Pet Snakes
Snakes Used
to Shock Us
Dancing With Snakes
Snake Charmers
Snake People
Snakes Used Realistically
Snakes Used for
Food or Medicine
Snake Fights
SnakeSexploitation
Throwing and
Whipping Snakes
 
Rattlesnakes
Cobras
Black Mambas
Boas, Pythons,
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Rattlers  (1976)
 
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Some of these pictures and descriptions may give away plot details that you might not want to know before watching the film.
 
 
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"What a horrible way to die!"
"They're waiting to slither you!"

Boy is this a bad film  - lousy plot, terrible action, bad acting and unbelievable dialogue. It's hard to find much worse. The only thing good I can say about it is that most of the natural history information about rattlesnakes given is accurate, even if the behavior of the snakes was not - we see snakes chasing people, biting people multiple times, and even biting the tires of moving vehicles!

The plot revolves around a den of rattlesnakes that gets contaminated by CT-3, an experimental nerve gas developed by the military to cause behavior so violent that enemy soldiers exposed to the gas would kill each other. The gas is being horded by a rogue Army colonel. None of that explains why the snakes are spreading in a straight line for many miles and attacking any people they encounter. There's lots of snake mayhem: two young boys are viciously killed by rattlesnakes when they fall into a pit full of snakes; snakes take over a house, coming through the pipes into a bathtub where a woman is taking a bath (that scene made for a cool poster, at least), killing everyone in the house, and causing it to be burned to the ground.

The snakes used in scenes with people are not rattlesnakes, but they use plenty of rattlesnakes in other scenes, including repeated views of the same shot of a captive rattlesnake with only a couple of buttons on its tail (couldn't they at least have found a better looking one?) Many of the rattlesnakes are Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnakes, dumped in piles as if that is their normal behavior. The snakes in a scene with a kitchen full of snakes appear to be Western rattlesnakes. The harmless snakes were gopher snakes and other species. According to the credits, snakes and advice were provided by Hermosa Reptiles and Ray Folsum.
 

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