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Venom (2005)




Critic Consensus: A voodoo horror flick without the mojo, Venom is chock full of gory impalings of interchangeable teenage girls and hunky guys by an unstoppable zombie whose unimaginative rampage quickly lulls us to sleep.

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This voodoo horror tale, set deep in the swamps of Louisiana, centers around a group of teenagers, who are trying to uncover the truth behind a friend's mysterious death. What they discover is an evil force worse than anything they could have possibly imagined. Now, they are running for their lives.more
Rating: R (for strong horror violence/gore, and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Kevin Williamson, Flint Dille, John Zuur Platten, Brandon Boyce
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 17, 2006
Box Office: $0.8M
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Critic Reviews for Venom

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (26)

This straight-up slasher flick probably should have gone straight to video for the cheesy-looking, computer-generated snakes alone.

Full Review… | March 7, 2007
Associated Press
Top Critic

The slasher clichés on reshuffle are old enough to predate the births of most of the flick's nubile victims-to-be, including tight-T-shirt wearer Agnes Bruckner.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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A mud-simple horror trudge set in a swamp colony of Abercrombie models.

Full Review… | September 21, 2005
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Even by the standards of the current Miramax fire sale, this misbegotten horror film deserved to go direct to video. Or cable. Or oblivion.

September 19, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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Basically just a moss-strewn remake of his 1997 hit, I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Full Review… | September 18, 2005
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Fun, very tense, and occasionally creepy.

Full Review… | August 14, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Venom


Cast:Agnes Bruckner, Jonathan Jackson, Meagan Good, Bijou Phillips, Method Man, Laura Ramsey, Pawel Szajda, James Pickens Jr., Rick Cramer, D.J. Cotrona, Stacey Travis

Director:Jim Gillespie

Summary: Exploring the murky swamps outside New Orleans, a group of young people (including Agnes Bruckner, Method Man, Bijou Phillips, Meagan Good and Jonathan Jackson) don't expect to have company. But they meet Mr. Jangles, a madman who's possessed by 13 unlucky souls killed by a voodoo priestess and who now spends his time hunting victims. With each new body, he adds a key to his ring of death -- and an extra jangle to his calling card.

My Thoughts: "This is one of those classic low-budget scary films that delivers some jumps but no scares. The acting is as mediocre as the writing. The directing wasn't so bad. The movie really wasn't that bad either. It kept up a good pace and held my attention. It did have a creepy feel to the film which helped, and some good gore as well. I definitely jumped more then a few times. Any fan of scary flicks will appreciate the effort this film gives. Worth seeing at least once."


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Caught this on TV last night, surprised I had not heard of it. A decent little slasher film with some emerging young stars in the cast. Not very gory but feels like a good old school slasher. Produced by Kevin Williamson who had a hand in Scream and I know what you did last summer!

Dean King

Super Reviewer


How bad was Venom? It was so bad, that they couldn't even get things to jump out and scare you at the right time! It absolutely kills me! The story is fairly original with definite potential, the cast is fairly well known, and the movie was just awful! Why? Take your pick between bad writing, cheap special effects, no character development, and a really stupid ending. I like the whole Louisiana Creole background and the mysterious voodoo religion, that no one believe in anymore, but they just didn't take it anywhere. It's 15 minutes of interesting and an hour and 15 minutes of cheesy slasher bull shit, with typical lines, no eye candy, no comedy, nothing! It was quite boring and the ending just... wow! I don't know if it was rushed or if they just didn't care, but it was so fucking stupid!! Venom could have been a lot more, but it wasn't anything worthwhile.

Todd Smith

Super Reviewer

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