Cult of the Cobra (1955)

35mm film, black and white
mono (Western Electric Recording)

An American horror film directed by Francis D. Lyon. In the States it was originally released in the USA on a double bill with Revenge of the Creature (1955) on 29 March 1955 1“Twice the Thrills! Twice the Chills!” Horror and Science Fiction Double Features, 1955-1974 by Bryan Senn p.16.

Plot Summary

A group of American who stumble upon a secret Hindu ceremony are hunted by a woman who can transform into a cobra.


Directed by: Francis D. Lyon
© MCMLV [1955] by Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Universal-International presents. A Universal-International picture
Produced by: Howard Pine
Screenplay by: Jerry Davis, Cecil Maiden, Richard Collins
Story by: Jerry Davis
Director of Photography: Russell Metty
Assistant Director: George Lollier
Film Editor: Milton Carruth
Music Supervision by: Joseph Gershenson
Sound: Leslie I. Carey, Joe Lapis
Gowns: Bill Thomas
Make-Up: Bud Westmore
Hair Stylist: Joan St. Oegger
Art Direction: Alexander Golitzen, John Meehan
Set Decorations: Russell A. Gausman, Ray Jeffers

Faith Domergue (Lisa)
Richard Long (Paul Able)
Marshall Thompson (Tom Markel)
Kathleen Hughes (Julia)
William Reynolds (Pete Norton)
Jack Kelly (Carl Turner)
Myrna Hansen (Marian)
David Janssen (Rico Nardi)
Leonard Strong (Daru)
James Dobson (Nick Hommel)
Walter Coy (inspector)
The Carlssons (dance team)
Olan Soule (Major Martin Fielding)
Helen Wallace (Mrs Weber)
Mary Alan Hokanson (army nurse)
John Halloran (High Lamian priest)
Alan Reynolds (Captain Williams)

Alternative Titles

Cult of the Serpent – working title
La culte du cobra – Belgium (France), France
Il culto del cobra – Italy
Cultul cobrei – Romania
Kobra – Finland
Kobra mabedi – Turkey
Kobra-kvindens hemmelighed – Denmark
Maldição da Serpente – Brazil
La mujer serpiente – Mexico
De verering van de cobra – Belgium (Flemish)
Культ кобры – Russia

Extracts included in
Coming Soon (1982)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.8 p.42
  • Fangoria no.137 (October 1994) p.33 – video review (The Video Eye of Dr. Cyclops)
  • Filmfax no.78 (April/May 2000) pp.20, 22 – video review (Cult of the Cobra by Mark Clark)
  • Kine Weekly no.2492 (31 March 1955) p.23 – credits, review
  • Midi-Minuit Fantastique no.17 (June 1967) p.97 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.22 no.256 (May 1955) p.74 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.198 no.13 (26 March 1955) p.378 – credits, review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.131 no.44 (29 October 1954) – credits, review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.133 no.45 (22 March 1955) p.3 – credits, review
  • Today's Cinema vol.84 no.7232 (24 March 1955) p.10 – credits, review
  • Variety 30 March 1955 – credits, review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.104 – illustrated credits, review
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.217 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.82 – credits
  • “Twice the Thrills! Twice the Chills!” Horror and Science Fiction Double Features, 1955-1974 by Bryan Senn pp.13-16 – illustrated credits, review
  • The Werewolf Filmography by Bryan Senn p.360 – credits, review