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Cinematic Titanic Live: Rattlers DVD Review

Despite some hilarious jokes, “Cinematic Titanic: Rattlers” is a tough one to sit through.

When I heard the next Cinematic Titanic DVD release was for a 1976 stinker called “Rattlers,” I thought that this title was bound to be a winner. After all, how can you go wrong with a killer snake movie? As it turns out, however, the title is more exciting than the entire film.

To say very little happens in “Rattlers” is an understatement. The “story” revolves around a Herpetologist (a snake expert) and a spunky feminist photographer investigating the growing number of snake bite related deaths in a small town. After the duo does some snooping around, they discover that a local military base is the cause of these violent snakes. Add in the most forced romance in film history and that’s all she wrote.

Much like “Frankenstein’s Castle Of Freaks,” “Rattlers” is not the best material for the Cinematic Titanic gang. Don’t get me wrong, Trace, Joel, Mary, Frank and Josh do a fine job writing and delivering jokes here. I was particularly fond of the MST3K references, the sexual innuendos, the cracks about the musical score and lighting, the “Farmville” and John C. Reilly bits, and any joke about the creepy drunk medical officer. However, the movie itself is probably better left unriffed. Sometimes there are movies so bad that no amount of jokes can save it from being watchable. “Rattlers” is one of those movies. The film’s scenes are overlong, the script is horrendous, the pacing is dreadfully slow, the lead character/actor (Sam Chew Jr.) is completely insufferable, and very little action happens at all. Scenes were so bad, in fact, that even the Titanic gang had several quiet spots where they didn’t crack a joke because there was nothing to say! It’s just an arduous movie from start to finish.

Summary: “Rattlers” is not one of the best releases to date, but it’s still worth buying if you are a Cinematic Titanic enthusiast.


As with “War Of The Insects,” Cinematic Titanic has definitely improved the video portion of their live releases. You can clearly see each member of the comedy group on both sides of the film being screened directly between the riffers. As for the print of “Rattlers,” it looks pretty solid. I’ve definitely seen worse prints.

Unfortunately, the audio isn’t too sharp this time around. The movie audio is either too loud or too faint in spots. Additionally, some of the film’s audio overpowers the riffers which makes it difficult to hear their jokes. On the plus side, you are able to hear the Titanic gang’s jokes most of the time.

The only extras are 6 trailers for previous “Cinematic Titanic” DVD releases.

Cinematic Titanic Live: Rattlers is available to Purchase for $14.99 on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cinematic-Titanic-LIVE-Joel-Hodgson/dp/B008GWSTWK/ref=sr_1_4?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1342566419&sr=1-4&keywords=rattlers

July 17, 2012 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , ,


  1. Methinks you’ve missed the point entirely, re: the MST3K watershed concept. Please reread your own 4th paragraph, 2nd and 3rd sentences. If you’ve dug the concept for any other reason throughout the years, I can only be sad. “Gone with the Wind”, is for watching. “Rattlers”, is for…seriously, do you not Know???

    Comment by I Am Not Frank | October 11, 2013 | Reply

  2. Not even MST3K, Cinematic Titanic or RiffTrax can salvage some BAD movies. That’s just my opinion.

    Comment by nicklyons1 | October 11, 2013 | Reply

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