Critics 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.

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All Critics (62) | Top Critics (22)

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

    Mar 7, 2007
  • 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.

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

    Sep 21, 2005 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • Even by the standards of the current Miramax fire sale, this misbegotten horror film deserved to go direct to video. Or cable. Or oblivion.

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

    Sep 18, 2005 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 16, 2005

    Justin Chang

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Venom

  • Feb 22, 2013
    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?
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2012
    boring film & considering the talent behind the scenes this is a major disappointment for horror buffs. the story isn't anything to write home about and how this film was green lit is beyond me. all the characters are poorly written and the direction is just flat
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2009
    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."
  • Jun 28, 2008
    Oh my days, what aload of rubbish. It's not scary. It's not interesting. Bit gruesome, not worth watching.
    Terri H Super Reviewer

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