Cult of the Cobra

Cult of the Cobra is a 1955 American black-and-white horror film from Universal-International Pictures, produced by Howard Pine, directed by Francis D. Lyon, that stars Faith Domergue, Richard Long, Kathleen Hughes, Marshall Thompson, Jack Kelly, William Reynolds, and David Janssen. The film was released as a double feature with Revenge of the Creature.


Before shipping home at the end of World War II, six American Army Air Force officers explore an Asian bazaar. There, they meet Daru, a snake charmer. Paul Able mentions the cult of the Lamians, who worship snakes. Daru says that if the soldiers pay him, they can see it for themselves. He brings the group to the Lamian temple, warning them that they will die if caught. In disguise, they see a dance about the rescue of the Lamian people by their cobra goddess. As the dancer slides back into a woven basket, a drunk Nick Hommel photographs her. The Lamians are outraged, and their priest curses the intruders.