Rattlers (1976) from Tuna

Rattlers (1976) is a recent Something Weird Video release of a Box Office International (Harry Novak) property.


Celia Kaye, as one of the victims, shows buns, and parts of her breasts in a bathtub death scene

DVD info from Amazon

  • Creepy-Crawly Horror Trailers for "Rattlers," "Attack of the Giant Leeches," "The Black Cat," "The Crawling Hand," "Creature of the Walking Dead," "Devil Woman," "Don't Open the Window," "The Horror of Party Beach," "The Killer Shrews," "Night of the Cobra Woman" and "Spasmitus Midnight Thrill Show"

  • Snake-O-Rama Shorts "Snake Charmer," "Dina Newell the Cobra Girl," "Snake Dream," "Esmeralda at the Cafe d'Artist," "Snake Lover" and "Snake vs. Snake"

  • Extra Added Attraction: Boris Karloff is the evil leader of a Cult of Voodoo Worshippers in the Mexihorror feature "The Snake People" (1968, 90 min.)

  • Ghastly Gallery of Ghoulish Comic Cover Art with Horror Audio Rarities

  • Full-screen format

Novak didn't produce the film, however. It is one of Novak's pick-up films, that is, films he acquired rights to after they were made by someone else.

This is a cliché creature film. The government ditches a leaking nerve gas container in a mine shaft, not realizing that the shaft is a rattlesnake den. The gas makes them aggressive, and they go on the rampage a la The Birds, The Swarm, Arachnophobia, etc. A college professor is brought in to consult by the local police, and a young, attractive woman is hired to help him out and serve as his photographer. Guess as to the rest of the plot, and you will more than likely be correct.

It is not incompetent, and so has no bad film charm. It is just derivative and ordinary.

The Critics Vote

  • no English reviews online

The People Vote ...

IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, I suppose this is a C-, only for genre addicts.

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