Snake People (1968)
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as Carl van Molder / Damballah
as Anabella Vandenberg
as Lt. Andrew Wilhelm
as Lt. William
as Capt. Laresh
as Mary Ann Vanderberg
as Capt. Pierre Labesch
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Audience Reviews for Snake People
Really slow film. It picks up some towards the end but the plot is still pretty bland and confusing. It's a shame that this was Karloff's last role. Not a too memorable film, but it's pretty weird.
Poorly filmed, poorly written and poorly directed. Oh, and poorly acted. There is just not anything good I can say about this movie. This is a zombie movie with some cannibalism thrown in just because they could I guess. Didn't move the flimsy story along; maybe they needed some (poorly done) gore. My daughter caught part of it and laughed at the absurdity of it all.
Echoing narration informs us about the "diabolical" new threat of voodoo on the island of "Korbai" near Haiti and a laughing, sneering midget in sunglasses cuts the head off a (real) chicken. Then Anabella (played by Julissa), a member of the International Anti-Saloon League informs some soldiers that, "Modern science has proven that alcohol is responsible for 99.2% of all the worlds sins!" She arrives on the island with others to visit her uncle Carl von Molder (Boris Karloff or his masked double). Meanwhile, blue-faced zombies are overrunning the island. Voodoo cultists kill soldiers with a blowgun, strangulation and machete and regularly resurrect the dead with the help of the dwarf (who whips them). Rabid zombie women eat a man and one soldier adopts one as his girlfriend to scratch his back and fan him. ("Imagine a beautiful woman that can't talk. Every man's dream!") The niece has an extremely bizarre dream of her evil double suggestively sucking on a (real, live) snake before kissing her (?) Little of this movie makes sense and the ending stinks, but it has some weird, senseless stuff to recommend. It's one of four much-hated movies Karloff did in 1968 before his death, constituting his final film work.