Video Details

Title: SSSSSSS (Strother Martin, Dirk Benedict)
Title AKA:/aka/ Ssssssss

OUR PRICE: $14.25

Year: 1973 / VHS / 99 mins

Director: Bernard L Kowalski

Starring:
Strother Martin, Dirk Benedict, Heather Menzies, Richard B Shull, Tim O'Connor, Jack Ging

Video Notes:
David, a college student, is looking for a job. He is hired by Dr. Stoner as a lab assistant for his research and experiments on snakes. David also begins to fall for Stoner's young daughter, Kristina. However, the good doctor has secretly brewed up a serum that can transform any man into a King Cobra snake-and he plans to use it on David. VIEWER COMMENT: "Nothing can prepare you for the heart-stopping terror of Sssssss(remember there are 7 of the letter S in the title). If you dig the animal/nature themed horror flicks of the 70s, you'll probably dig this. Ssssssstrother Martin is a mad scientist who believes that man is very close to extinction, so in order to survive upcoming plagues and holocausts, he wants to turn everyone into snakes. Sounds reasonable enough. His guinea pig in this experiment is his new assssssistant played by Dirk Benedict, who you may remember as Face in The A-Team. Face has no idea what's awaiting him, he thinks the injections Martin gives him are a venom vaccine. Face falls in love with Martin's nerdy snake studying daughter, and soon introduces her to a kind of snake she's never seen before. Before long his face is getting messed up, his skin is shedding and he's always feeling cold. Never once does he catch on to what's happening until it's too late. Produced by the guys who gave us Jaws, this film actually seems to be taking itself seriously. Things really don't start happening until the one hour mark. Before that it's actually more of a drama than anything, but the body count eventually starts. Martin is really what carries this film. His performance is very much above the average for the kind of mad scientist character you usually see in this genre. This film is only gonna appeal to fans of the cheesy big monster genre(and maybe not even them!), everyone else might as well stay away. There are quite alot of interesting snake facts throughout, so the movie isn't a total loss coz you come away a bit wiser about snakes. A point must also be made about the title. It's funny, and quirky, but it's one of those film titles that doesn't roll off the tongue so well when trying to tell someone about the film. "What did you watch last night?" "Sssssss". "What's your favorite movie?" "Sssssss". "Hey man, have you ever seen Sssssss?" See what I mean? It's similar to the film "Eegah!" or trying to tell someone you really like that Crash Test Dummies song, "Mmm..Mmm..Mmm..Mmm". Silly title or not, it's a must see if you like stuff like Food Of The Gods, Bug, Frogs, etc."