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Venom (2005)



Average Rating: 3.1/10
Reviews Counted: 62
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 55

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.


Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 20

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.


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Brandon Boyce, Kevin Williamson

Jan 17, 2006


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All Critics (67) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (55) | DVD (14)

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

March 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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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.

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

September 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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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
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Basically just a moss-strewn remake of his 1997 hit, I Know What You Did Last Summer.

September 18, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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As mindless scare machines go, Dimension Films' bayou-set slasher thriller acquits itself well enough. Gratuitously gory and derivative to the core, Venom manages to deliver some effective frights in between large swaths of voodoo gibberish.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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Fun, very tense, and occasionally creepy.

August 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

None of the actors is identified until the very end of the credits; in fact, it would have been a kindness not to name them at all, so I won't here.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Gillespie consegue criar momentos eficientes de tensão a partir de um roteiro que, mesmo absurdo, sabe explorar bem as convenções do gênero. E, de brinde, o filme ainda conta com uma ótima fotografia.

May 9, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Never strays from the mainstream slasher genre's long-decayed bylaws.

March 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

In reality, Venom is nothing more than the teenage slasher formula applied to the swamp.

February 19, 2006 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

...the film eventually degenerates into a conventional and hackneyed mess.

January 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Don't go in with high expectations, and you might enjoy yourself!

January 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Dread Central
Dread Central

Venom is about as animated as Ray the zombie; they're both still up and walking, not realizing they're dead and gone.

January 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Venom is too darn familiar to become anyone's dark-horse favorite, but I'd say it's worthy of a rental if you love the horror stuff.

January 7, 2006 Full Review Source:

... even by the logistically malleable standards of the horror genre, Venom lacks even the barest rudiments of the form ...

December 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The death scenes are so unimaginative and the gore is so minimal that you might miss it if you blink.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

If you've seen many schlock shockers, you won't have any trouble seeing where this one's slithering to long before it gets there.

October 17, 2005

The final showdown between sole survivor and killer is sufficiently well-done that you wonder why the rest of the film didn't measure up.

October 8, 2005 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

Yet for all of its retro charm, the movie is ultimately too routine to recommend.

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

dead from scene one

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source:

After The Skeleton Key, another lifeless Deep South horror movie charting the myriad frights of costumed black people performing defense rituals.

September 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A lot of fun on the so-bad-it's-good level of unintentional hilarity.

September 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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."
October 31, 2011

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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!
June 28, 2008

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.
June 9, 2011

Super Reviewer

Dull with random killings and many cliches. Ethnic horror gone wrong. Ending was the worst thing ever, you can't kill the monster except using a truck?
February 22, 2013
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