After two boys playing in the desert get attacked by a swarm of rattlesnakes, the local police call in snakespert, Dr. Tom Parkinson (Sam Chew) to investigate. The sheriff also sends a photographer with him, Ann Bradley (Elisabeth Chauvet). Their investigation leads them a nearby army base. A blabbermouth helicopter pilot accidentally mentions being on a mission to drop an old container in an abandoned mine before it was filled in with concrete. Dr. Parkinson presses the base’s colonel, Stroud (Dan Priest), about what was the in the container. Stroud has them thrown out, but an army doctor, Delany (Ron Gold) decides to help them. Dr. Parkinson and Ann, try to convince the police that something is up while aggressive rattlesnakes continue to swam and kill.
Rattlers is about as typical an eco-horror film as you can get. It has all the hallmarks, evil army guys, man-made poison turning nature against people, and useless cops. Killing off a couple of kids in the opening shows some promise that the movie isn’t going to play nice, but once it settles in to the story, it does exactly what you would expect it to. Ann has to suffer some obnoxious sexism from just about every other character, especially Dr. Parkinson. So, it’s even more aggravating, when she falls for him. Once the third act hits, and Colonel Stroud goes a on rampage, things come to a head quickly, but for some reason the movie forgets about the snakes entirely. Rattlers is a somewhat entertaining, but ultimately forgettable drive-in movie.
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