Sssssss (1973) – Cold Blooded Crapiness
Another fun groaner, Sssssss stars a youngish Dirk Benedict (the Original Starbuck from the first Battlestar Galactica and Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck from the A Team) as David a student sent to work with Doctor Stoner, a world famous (but apparently underfunded) herpetologist played by Strother Martin who ends up becoming the subject of a diabolical experiment to change humans into snakes. Dr. Stoner gives David a series of shot that he tell him are inoculations against the venom of the King Cobra, but are actually the Dr.’s secret serum that transforms humans into snakes.
So, I guess it comes down to would I recommend it or not. Probably not. If you have Netflix and want to check it out, then go for it. If you have to go and look for a copy of this film, then I’d say forget it.Through in the Dr.’s nerdy and semi attractive daughter as a love interest,
a couple of police and the weird bit about the Dr selling his not as successful earlier attempt at
transforming a human to a snake to a freak show as a “Half Man Half Human” exhibit and you have most of what makes up this movie. There is some unexplained animosity between Dr. Stoner and a Professor at the local college or University – or if it was explained, I didn’t take the time or effort to absorb that information. Also, it’s the only movie with a mongoose that I’ve seen in quite some time (I haven’t seen Rikki-Tikki-Tavi since I was a kid).
Check out the trailer here:
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