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Spasms (1983)





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William Fruet directed this odd Canadian horror film based on a novel by Michael Maryk and Brent Monahan. Wealthy Jason Kincaid (Oliver Reed) has a telepathic link to a mysterious snake god called N'Gana Sunbu. A strange cult sets the snake free after it grows to monstrous size, whereupon it terrorizes a college town. Kincaid joins its list of victims before a parapsychologist (Peter Fonda) puts the creature out of its misery with a machine-gun. Al Waxman, Kerrie Keane, and Marilyn Lightstone co-star in this occasionally entertaining shocker featuring gruesome special effects by Dick Smith. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovimore
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror
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On DVD: Jul 9, 1988
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Peter Fonda
as Dr. Tom Brasilian
Oliver Reed
as Jason Kincaid
Marilyn Lightstone
as Dr. Claire Rothman
Angus MacInnes
as Duncan Tyrone
Laurie Brown
as Allison
George Bloomfield
as Rev. Thomas
Kerrie Keane
as Susanne
Gerard Parkes
as Capt. Noveck
Al Waxman
as Warren Crowley
Patrick Brymer
as Sailor/Agent
John Bayliss
as Chauffeur
Barry Flatman
as Reporter
Les Rubie
as Janitor
Walker Boone
as Sgt. Brody
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All Critics (2)

Murkily-lensed and mega-cheap tale of giant snakes, human possession, and huge swollen postules.

April 3, 2005

August 8, 2005

Audience Reviews for Spasms

Spasms is the hilarious 80's story of a gigantic serpent, which has long haunted the tribes of a remote island, that has finally been captured and is being brought to the states, courtesy of wealthy businessman Oliver Reed (Gladiator, Severed Ties) who survived the snake's attack several years back but has shared a kinetic link to it. Before it arrives, Reed enlists the help of American scientist Peter Fonda to help better understand the snake. There's a problem though, as snake-crazed religious cult also wants to serpent and enlists the help of seedy men to try and catch it, which fails miserably, leading to a loose snake tearing people's asses apart. Though there are some nice vintage death scenes courtesy of Dick Smith, the rubber snake is borderline hilarious, as well as its incredible super strength (example: catapulting a woman down a hallway, through a bathroom door and crashing into a glass shower door). The deaths are blood-drenched though, and it's always fun to see a naked showering chick die, no matter how bizarre or ludicrous the death may seem. Oliver Reed really hams it up, but Fonda seems to be phony his role in to this bag of silly nonsense. Yes, this movie is terribly dated, and yes, very corny at times, but of course, I found the fun in it and wound up enjoying it immensely. The sub-plot involving the religious cult kinda fades away and goes nowhere, which was a real bummer. Would have liked to have seen their involvement in it more, especially with the villainous leader. Oh well, still a fun schlock film.

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