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Sterling Hayden ("The Killing"), Nicol Williamson ("Excalibur") and Sarah Miles ("Blowup") co-star in this gripping suspense thriller directed by Piers Haggard ("Blood on Satan's Claw") and featuring some very real--and extremely deadly--Black Mambas! END
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The plot concerns a small band of criminals (a chauffeur played by Oliver Reed, a sexy maid played by the amazing Susan George and a slick professional killer played by Klaus Kinski) and their plot to kidnap and hold for ransom a young boy in London.
Complicating matters is the aforementioned snake. In a mixed up delivery the boy gets a black mamba instead of the tame, non-poisonous reptile he had ordered. Further complicating matters for these crooks is the botched attempt at snatching the boy that leads to them being surrounded by the local police (led by the excellent Nicol Williamson).
This is a nice DVD by Blue Underground and included is a very informative and entertaining audio commentary by director Piers Haggard. We learn some of the background to the departure of the first director (Tobe Hooper) and also some tidbits on the production (apparently Reed and Kinski hated each other and were constantly at each others throats). Haggard also makes some curious comments (including an admiration on the physical attributes of George) but overall its one of the better directors commentaries I have listened to,
This movie failed to make an audience when it was released almost a quarter-century ago, largely because of a poor marketing campaign (another subject Haggard discusses) that inaccurately tagged the movie as a scary monster movie and not the intelligent thriller that it is.
Definitely worth a spin.
"Venom" takes place in England and involves a young boy, his grandfather, a black mamba snake, and a ransom plot. When the wealthy parents of this child go out of town, leaving him in the charge of his grandfather Howard Anderson (Sterling Hayden), the chauffer Dave (Reed) and the maid Louise (Susan George) hatch a grand plot. If they can kidnap this kid and shunt him off to some isolated location, the parents will shell out big bucks for his return.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved it, bring back memories when I watched it as a child.Published 9 months ago by Alonzo Irvin Howard Sr.
Not as good as I recall. In its defense, I was a child the first time I watched it so naturally it was a bit more frightening.Published 12 months ago by Phoebe
I first saw this movie on TV in Stockholm, Sweden of all places. And as one who is terrified of snakes it scared the bejebeez out of me! Some great scary moments. Read morePublished 12 months ago by KeeversDad
Some bad people kidnap a little boy but his new pet snake has escaped and is causing problems. This is one of those movies that I had never heard of and really surprised me. Read morePublished 13 months ago by grendel
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