Something you wouldn't dare to believe is alive!
A preacher whose ancestors were Druids battles Satan, who has taken the form of a huge snake.
A preacher whose ancestors were Druids battles Satan, who has taken the form of a huge snake.
After being messed up by the druids a thousand years prior, satan returns in king cobra form to hunt down the last druid descendant and reeks havoc on a small town trying to cash in on the soon to be opened brand spankin' new... dog racing park (???) lmao. Snakes appear and start killing townsfolk and the mayor does his best to make the deaths appear to be accidental or natural so they can rake in the hundreds from the new dog park... i love this goofy shit.
I've owned the scream factory double bill blu with this and Empire of Ants (which i kinda love) but for some one reason or another I just never got around to checking…
While it's not the King Cobra I was actually looking for, Jaws of Satan is a decent little cross-breed of an animal attack film and The Exorcist. The premise almost sounds like the beginning of a joke ("So a doctor, a herpatologist, and a priest walk into a cave..."), but filmed with a competent level of skill egregiously misrepresented by a 3.9 rating on IMDB. Near as I can figure, the only thing that dragged it down into B-movie territory were the goofy scenes featuring the head-butting, telekinetic Satan snake, but those are also the only reason this should pop up on anyones radar today.
Other than the novelty of featuring a very young Christina Applegate in her debut film role, my favorite moment goes to a scene where there's an attempted rape/murder that provokes Satan to actually intervene to stop it! I guess even the Prince of Darkness has to draw a line somewhere.
So I'm super confused right now, because this movie has a 3.6 rating on IMDb. But... I think it's amazing.
My roommate and I watched this and we laughed from start to finish. But even outside of that, it's a pretty well made film. It's shot well, it has legit decent actors (hello FRITZ WEAVER) and its extremely entertaining.
Maybe this is why I hate people - because they don't like Jaws Of Satan. But for me, this has everything I would want from a movie, so yeah. I'm happy.
Daily Horror Scavenger Hunt 14 – August 2019
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9. A movie with a child actor/actress that is still making movies today.
Jaws of Satan is a 1982 American exploitation horror film directed by Bob Claver, and starring Fritz Weaver, Gretchen Corbett, Jon Korkes, and Christina Applegate, in her feature film debut. Its plot follows a preacher from a cursed family who is forced to battle Satan, who has taken the form of a huge snake.
and by huge, they mean maybe slightly above average....and I'm not even convinced of that.
This felt like a bit of a cheat for my scavenger hunt task because, as it turns out, Kelly Bundy had less than 10 minutes…
I thought this was going to be a Omen rip off but its literally a regular sized snake vs a man
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It wants your soul, is that a joke to you?
The film opens up with a king cobra that apparently has the power telekinesis that manifests itself in incredibly cheap camera tricks which made me interrupt the movie when I turned to my buddy and exclaimed "What the fuck is going on here?!"
The film is a hybrid ripoff of Jaws and The Exorcist, which... call me crazy, but sounds like the most amazing 80s bad film ever created. It's Jaws with the shark replaced with a cobra that is possessed by the devil, how is this not the greatest cult film in existence?
My favorite scene in the film is when Gretchen Corbett climbs into bed to…
Satan comes to Earth in the form of a cobra. Fritz Weaver is a priest whose family is linked to this whole affair somehow.
Great premise but the movie failed to lure me in, instead it got boring. It was the film debut of a very young Christina Applegate though.
First time seeing this one thanks to Scream Factory. Anyone who knows me knows how I love me some killer animal / nature gone amok movies. This was a fun and cheesy one. It's part Jaws knock off with snakes going hostile on a town and biting folks. The mayor doesn't want to hear about it. Then there's the batshit crazy part which is that the snakes are led by a huge cobra snake...WHO HAPPENS TO BE SATAN HIMSELF. Yeah. Fritz Weaver is fun as the priest yelling at the snake "Satan!!!". It also features Christina Applegate in her first role when she was 10 years old. Fun flick.
The hell was up with these early '80s goofball genre movies (THE HAND, THE HOUSE WERE EVIL DWELLS) acting like they are super serious movies? I mean I prefer that to the modern SHARNADO/turn and look at the camera and tell the audience they are dumb style of making goofball genre movies, but there is a balance.
Satan sends snakes to small town and mayor tries to cover it up. You know, new dog track and stuff. Fritz Weaver shouts Satan a lot. The end.
Ok, I get what they are going for. An The Omen style movie with a bit of Jaws thrown in for good measure. Unfortunately it is so tame and dull that it really isn't worth your while. There is a mechanical snake that looks pretty good though, unless they set fire to a real one.
Not nearly as entertaining as a movie about a cobra possessed by Satan should be. The snake attack scenes are handled poorly and lack bite. The story is a mishmash of Jaws and The Exorcist and is actually not terrible. But the snake effects are not visually interesting. I think they played this one straighter than they should have.
This is one of those that's never outright terrible it's just so dull that you can scarcely remember a thing about it 20 minutes after viewing. You can tell that they had absolutely no conception of how to show the snake actually biting people, so multiple scenes consist of:
1)Person hanging out
2)Close up on a snake (gasp!) appearing near said person
3)Fade to black
Realizing watching a snake casually wandering around is not quite enough for scares they halfheartedly tack on a satanic subplot in which one of the snakes is the devil or something.... For some reason this is on blu ray, the only things I could really think of note about it is that Christina Applegate makes her debut appearance and the great Dean Cundey (Halloween, Road House) did the cinematography. I would rather watch "Ssssss" (1973) and that's no winner either.
So it’s Jaws... but with snakes... but also with Satan... but ALSO with baby Christina Applegate!? Sold!
Part of the Jaws Knockoff Olympics.
There are so many wacky little quirks here even if it lags towards the end I just can’t help but love it. It’ll be dry for a few minutes and then Father Tom will wade through a cave shouting “Satan!” at the top of his lungs.
42 Jaws Points were scored.
A total waste of time. Just terrible. I can't believe this film was rated R - it's so tame (and silly). Almost no blood. No nudity (despite a ridiculous scene where the heroine is gets into the shower with the Satan-snake). Oh yeah, did I mention that Satan decides to inhabit the body of a King Cobra? And that sometimes (really, only in the first scene) the cobra has telekinetic powers? And that when the film is not being it's own kind of stupid it just decides to rip off JAWS (here, instead of the 4th of July the Mayor puts everyone's lives in danger for the opening of a DOG TRACK)? Gretchen Corbett tries her best to overcome the…
No capital e incarnation of evil would work in any way to impede the grand opening of a dog track.
Why in the world did they make it a dog racing park of all places?
You would think a movie about Satan possessing a cobra would probably be pretty exciting right? But then you'd be wrong. Incredibly wrong. But then again, you would be right if you expected a movie about Satan possessing a cobra to be the pinnacle of unintentional hilarity. Like just think of the premise. Satan inhabits a cobra to commit uh, killings. Like yeah, it's badass I guess, but if you're going to inhabit an animal, why not a grizzly bear or wolf or something. I guess I'm just pissed the cobra never turned into a giant cobra like from Aladdin or something. Oh well.
Once you get past the admittedly rather sketchy premise of Satan manifesting himself as a cobra in a small Alabama community to steal the soul of a priest, this isn't too bad for a strange occult horror/animal attack hybrid. It's generally working the patented "Jaws" formula of a band of intrepid heroes trying to prevent disaster that will inevitably occur if the big local event isn't cancelled in time (in this case the opening of a dog racing track), but the infusion of the occult and religious themes do give the film a certain unique flavor - there are a couple of nice suspense scenes (while the film isn't particularly violent or gruesome) and the build-up to the finale is…
Hey boss I know we’ve got the jaws knock off script ready and everything but have a look at these exorcist box office numbers.
Oddball, land based clone of Jaws (killer snakes beset a town in which the officials downplay deaths lest they screw up the opening of a new dog track betting facility) but crossbred with The Omen (a king cobra is literally the Devil) Both animal attack movies and occult thrillers were all the rage in the mid-to-late 70’s, but this one’s corny as hell. Fritz Weaver stars as a priest chosen to do battle against reptile Lucifer, while a herpetologist and pretty doctor gradually play variations of Hooper and Brody, respectively. Shot by Dean Cundey the year before he did Halloween, and co-starring a young Christina Applegate.
Jaws of Satan
Initial release: January 15, 1981
"While being transported via train to a carnival, a king cobra is let out of its box by Satan, and it kills two railroad workers. The snake flees into the night, under the influence of demonic powers."
I usually love Creature features that take themselves seriously but this one just didn't work for me. Dull, uninspired kills and no kind of logic whatsoever! Honestly, with how technology has advanced, this could probably get a pretty brutal reimagining!
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Snakes and Satan. The result is better than Anaconda. And you bet your ass I was rooting for the snakes!
Satan takes the form of a king cobra and terrorizes a priest and a small town.
Low rent Hutch (Starsky and Hutch, not the actor but a low rent version) plays a herpetologist battling the evil creature.
You had me at KING COBRA!
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