EW Staff
April 18, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sssssss

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
99 minutes
performer
Dirk Benedict, Strother Martin
director
Bernard L. Kowalski
distributor
Universal
author
Hal Dresner, Daniel C. Striepeke
genre
ActionAdventure, Horror

We gave it a C+

Before you rush to see Anaconda in theaters this week, you might instead rent Sssssss, this silly, enjoyable ‘ 70s B movie with cheesy makeup and effects in the slow-dissolve style of Universal’s old Wolf Man movies. Strother Martin is an evil herpetologist (is there any other kind?) who’s turning humans into snakes. His next victim is a lab assistant (Dirk Benedict), who develops a bad case of face scales. Reminiscent of both David Cronenberg’s The Fly remake (which it predates) and The Island of Dr. Moreau, Bernard L. Kowalski’s flick retains an endearing campiness that all but disappeared from the genre once Halloween ushered in the era of the slasher flick. ‘Sssssssmarvelous to have it on tape. C+

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