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A German terrorist (Klaus Kinski), his gang and hostages are trapped with a deadly snake in a London house.

Cast & Crew

Klaus Kinski
Jacques Müller
Oliver Reed
Dave Averconnelly
Nicol Williamson
Cmdr. William Bulloch
Sarah Miles
Dr. Marion Stowe
Sterling Hayden
Howard Anderson
Cornelia Sharpe
Ruth Hopkins
Mike Gwilym
Det. Constable Dan Spencer
Lance Holcomb
Philip Hopkins
Susan George
Louise Andrews
Paul Williamson
Det. Sgt. Glazer
Hugh Lloyd
Taxi Driver
Rita Webb
Mrs. Lowenthal
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Critic Reviews for Venom

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (4)

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  • Aug 08, 2012
    Interesting idea for a horror thriller, Venom is a fine little gem, one that could have been better, but still manages to be worth seeing. The concept is pretty simple, yet it works. The film has its limitations, but what makes this one stand out is the role of Klaus Kinski. He made the film quite enjoyable, and this is a different type of nature gone wild film because it's set in the city instead of the middle of nowhere or in nature where these films are usually set. Although nothing remarkable, this film is a must for fans of the genre. I thought that this was a well executed film considering the fact that real Black Mambas were used in the filming of this picture. The acting is good, never great, and the plot is very good. Although I felt that the film could have used a rewrite or two, Venom definitely is a good time, and is a film filled with chills, suspense and terror. Although not a great horror film, this is nonetheless a pleasant entry in the genre. The film manages to be entertaining despite its slight script limitations, and you wonder how good this film could have been. As a whole, Venom is fun, chilling, and for those who hate snakes will certainly terrifying. Although nothing too original is ever really displayed on-screen, the story of kidnappers being held hostage by a Black Mambas and surrounded by cops is interesting for the most part, and is what keeps you interested. Add to that a solid performance by its lead actor and you have good flick.
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  • Feb 13, 2009
    I saw this as young kid on a Friday night and it scared the living daylights out of me for years. Okay it will be as cheezy as hell now but the way the film is directed at the time was legendary. It was creepy, it was full of suspense and the way Reed gets it at the end will give you the willies even today....great film.
    Barry L Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2007
    It feels kind of like Panic Room, except instead of Dwight Yoakam it has a Black Mamba. With a cast like Kinski, Reed and Hayden I can only the onset shenanigans were insane. Also notable for a couple reasons. *Kinski decided to do this instead of Raiders (he said Spielberg's script was "moronically shitty") *it's amazing DP Gilbert Taylor (Star Wars, Hard Days Night and Dr. Strangelove) *It inspried QT to put a mamba in Kill Bill vol. 2 *It's Sterling Hayden's last film appearance
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