Cult of the Cobra – USA, 1955

‘Out of the mystic East terror strikes at the heart of a city!’

Cult of the Cobra (1955) is an American horror film directed by Francis D. Lyon (Castle of Evil; Destination Inner Space) from a screenplay by Jerry Davis. It was released by Universal Pictures.

Main cast:

Faith Domergue (The House of Seven Corpses), Richard Long, Marshall Thompson (First Man into Space; It! The Terror from Beyond Space), Kathleen Hughes, Jack Kelly, William Reynolds and David Janssen.


American G.I.’s who trespass in on a forbidden Hindu ceremony are relentlessly hunted down by a beautiful woman who has the power to metamorphoses into a snake…


It’s rather talky, not particularly original, the only actual transformation scene we get is at the very end (which isn’t much) and the ending is unsatisfying. Much of the acting is pretty stiff, but Domergue (who replaced Mari Blanchard days into filming) is fun to watch.” The Bloody Pit of Horror

…Domergue’s marriage was falling apart in the midst of this production, and the anguish she emotes is palpable. Though her large, droopy eyes and full lips don’t really reflect the characteristics of a cobra, she admirably expresses the torment of a woman torn between human and reptilian nature. I could also add that, at times, she is quite stunning.” Exclamation Mark

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” …like so many of the low-budget, indifferently made sci-fi and horror flicks pouring out of Hollywood’s underbelly throughout its Golden Age, Cult of the Cobra is far more interesting in theory than in execution. Its plot would suggest a sexy, creepy thriller, but in actuality it’s simply plodding and predictable, methodically draining all the fun out of its campy central idea.” Seul-le-Cinema

Cast and characters:

  • Faith Domergue as Lisa Moya
  • Richard Long as Paul Able
  • Marshall Thompson as Tom Markel
  • Kathleen Hughes as Julia Thompson
  • William Reynolds as Pete Norton
  • Jack Kelly as Carl Turner
  • Myrna Hansen as Marian Sheehan
  • David Janssen as Rico Nardi
  • Leonard Strong as Daru
  • James Dobson as Corporal Nick Hommel
  • Edward Platt as Snake cult priest



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One Comment on “Cult of the Cobra – USA, 1955”

  1. Howdy Faith Domergue Fans,

    First off, I really like this movie.

    The plot line is pretty good.

    The acting is very good.

    The atmosphere is great.

    Faith Domergue, on a scale of one to ten, is a twelve.

    Kathleen Hughes has a lot more film time on this movie than on
    “It Came From Outer Space”.

    The actors are first rate.

    Well worth watching.

    Save some popcorn for me,



    What kind of fool sneaks into a cult gathering with a camera and FLASH BULBS?

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