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Cult of the Cobra [1955]

Faith Domergue (actor)
Richard Long (actor)
Format: all-region dvd (worldwide)
Runtime: 79 min
Quality: Excellent

This is one of those inexplicable cases of a humdrum potboiler achieving cult recognition in later life. Thematically a distant cousin of Cat People, but with none of that film's atmosphere and moody tension, this is a war movie with a difference, in that American GIs face death, not from Nazi bullets, but an ancient curse.

When a group of overly curious soldiers enter an Indian temple during a secret ceremony, they're followed home by an exotic serpent woman who starts bumping them off one by one.

Francis D Lyon's direction is uninvolving, but his film is saved by solid performances and imaginative camerawork. Watch out for future Fugitive star David Janssen in a minor role.
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