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Cult of the Cobra (1955)
 
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Somewhere in Asia in 1945 six American Air Force G.I.s pay a snake charmer to take them to a secret meeting of Lamians, who believe that men and women can turn into snakes and back again, featuring a performance by a snake woman that no outsiders have ever seen. He warns them that if they are discovered to be outsiders, they will all be cursed and killed one by one. One of them takes a flash photo and ruins it for everybody. Then he tries to take the snake in its basket. He's the first to get bitten and die.

The rest of them fly to New York City the next day and the cobra goddess follows them to get her revenge. It's a given in movies that a snake woman is always exotic and beautiful, and Faith Domergue does not disappoint in that regard, but it's hard to believe she's also a snake, even if every animal she gets near is afraid of her. We don't get to see her transform into a snake, we only see her shadow change. Then we see her dead snake body change back into a woman using the time-laps dissolve technique popular in the old snake movies. You didn't think she was going to survive did you? They never do.

We see one real cobra with the snake charmer, and a puppet cobra that kills. There's also a short but interesting snake dance where a woman in a skin-tight suit, that's painted to make her look nothing like a snake, crawls out of a basket onto the floor and wraps herself around the shoulders of a man. It's supposed to be a re-inactment of how the cobra goddess saved the Lamians and why they worship her. Sign me up for that cult. We also get to see special effect snake-vision shots from the killer cobra's point of view where its victims are shot through a weird lens. That was high-tech back in '55.

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