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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Cult Of The Cobra (1955)

Starring Faith Domergue, Richard Long, Marshall Thompson, Kathleen Hughes, William Reynolds
Directed by Francis D. Lyon
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

A group of Air Force men deployed in Asia disturb a ceremony of a cult of snake-worshippers, and in retaliation, the cult sends a woman who can transform into a snake to murder them one by one.

I'm really fond of this movie, an entertaining thriller from Universal-International with a decent performance at its center by Domergue, as the snake-woman who falls in love with one of her victims.  Her scenes with Thompson hold the picture together and she never seems like a cold-blooded killer, but sincerely comes across as a victim herself, bound by the power of the cult.  I do think it's unfortunate that the filmmakers didn't take the opportunity to create a human-size creature for her attacks instead of transforming her into a regular size cobra, especially with this release coming so soon after U-I's success with the Creature From The Black Lagoon.  The script is also somewhat predictable, but nevertheless, I found the film fun viewing, augmented by some atmospheric music cues.

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