Dr. Carl Stoner (Strother Martin) sells a mysterious creature in a crate to a carnival owner, it is discovered that the creature is actually part-man/part-snake, the result of one of Stoner's bizarre experiments. College student David Blake (Dirk Benedict) is hired as an assistant by Stoner. Unbeknownst to David, Stoner is attempting to transform humans into reptiles that could survive ecological disasters that would wipe out humanity and is using David as a test subject. David's skin slowly starts to change and he goes into a coma, he wakes up to discover he is no longer a man but part-man part-snake! Can David and Stoner's daughter stop the hideous transformation or will Dr Stoner's fiendish plan give him the grotesque creature he has been trying to create for so long?
I really enjoyed this little creature feature from the early 70s. It had slipped through my movie viewing net but I finally got round to seeing it courtesy of Cinema Paradiso. Highly entertaining although I wouldn't recommend it especially if you have a phobia of snakes. The scenes involving the slithery creatures are really quite intense, even more so as we are told at the start of the film that every snake used in the picture is indeed real and the actors, all of which are very good, did expose themselves to a certain amount of risk. Interestingly the producers Zanuck and Brown went on to produce probably the biggest creature feature of all time a few years later. A little movie called Jaws.
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