Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Rattlers (1976)

Directed by:
John McCauley

I loved watching this on TV as a kid, but a recent viewing was, how do I put this... Yeah, really boring. Lethal rattlesnakes are killing the citizens of a small desert town, so a college professor specializing in herpetology (Sam Chew, Jr.) and a photographer/reporter (Elizabeth Chauvet) investigate. They discover that an Army chemical experiment is responsible and there's a typically dumb cover-up subplot. Some of the snake attack scenes are pretty good if you're scared of snakes (particularly one where the snakes climb through pipes into a woman's bathtub), but too many dull talky scenes and not enough action sinks this one. The worst part (other than all the sexist vs. feminist banter between the leads) is a love montage in Las Vegas complete with a cheesy soft rock ballad. A staple of late night cable viewing from 70s exploitation giant Box Office International.

Score: 3 out of 10

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