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Venom (1982)

Klaus Kinski , Oliver Reed , Piers Haggard , Tobe Hooper  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Klaus Kinski, Oliver Reed, Nicol Williamson, Sarah Miles, Sterling Hayden
  • Directors: Piers Haggard, Tobe Hooper
  • Writers: Alan Scholefield, Robert Carrington
  • Producers: Harry Benn, Louis A. Stroller, Martin Bregman, Richard R. St. Johns
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (DTS ES 6.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096I9O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,814 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Venom" on IMDb

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  • Audio Commentary with Director Piers Haggard
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Sterling Hayden, Susan George, Klaus Kinski, Oliver Reed. A bizarre psychotic trio kidnap a 10-year-old boy from his elaborate London home. But things do not go well-especially when an unexpected guest shows up-a lethal and deadly Black Mamba snake. 1982/color/92 min/R/widescreen.

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It was supposed to be the perfect crime: the sexy maid (Susan George of "Straw Dogs"), a psychotic chauffeur (Oliver Reed of "Revolver") and an international terrorist (the legendary Klaus Kinski) kidnap a wealthy ten-year old boy from his elegant London townhouse. But they didn't count on a murdered cop, a desperate hostage siege and one very unexpected house guest: a furious Black Mamba, the most lethal and aggressive snake known in nature. It can attack from 10 feet away. Its bite brings excruciating death, and it is on the loose. Now, terror knows no antidote...and the ultimate slithering mayhem is VENOM.

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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Black Mamba January 25, 2004
Do not get fooled by the horrenduos DVD cover art that has nothing to do with the movie. The movie has a black mamba and the cover shows a rattlesnake!! and it is horrible!!! But the movie is one hell of a ride! Late great actors Reed and Kinski bring some very cool and violent stuff to the screen. They kidnap a rich kid and everything goes "Violently" wrong, they get trapped in a house and ask for a ransom without knowing that a deadly black mamba is loose between their feet....that's when all hell breaks loose! Venom is a very entertaining Low budget film with some great visuals, amazing score and some very chilling atmospheres. The fact that they used real black mamba snakes in the film makes the viewing even more creepier- A very entertaining film with a great and violent ending...give it a try!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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The movie "Venom" is not so much a scary monster movie as it is an intelligent and involving thriller. In fact the black mamba (reportedly the worlds deadliest snake) has very little screen time and serves merely as a device to move along the plot and raise the tension level of a household held hostage by ciminals and under siege by police.
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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bland but occasionally interesting December 21, 2004
Oliver Reed and Klaus Kinski in the same film! What were they thinking? Kinski's mercurial temperament, of course, has attained the heights of legend. His collaborations with German filmmaker Werner Herzog in such pictures as "Fitzcarraldo," "Cobra Verde," and "Nosferatu" were brilliant examples of the power of his talent, but were also notable for the behind the scenes hostility between director and actor. Herzog even made a documentary about his stormy relationship with Kinski, "My Best Fiend," in which he acknowledged the physical and emotional violence between the two men. Incredibly, even talk of a murder plot was not out of the question in this relationship. Other directors have essentially confirmed the horrific experience of working with Klaus Kinski. Oliver Reed's bad behavior apparently knew no bounds, either. Fabio Testi, his co-star in "Revolver," described how Reed once ate broken light bulbs during a bender to prove his "superiority." The director of that same picture claimed he had to film all of Reed's scenes in the morning before too many bottles of sauce turned the performer into a lumbering brute. Nice. Nonetheless, someone sat down and thought the idea of putting these two guys in the same movie was a good idea. I hope the director received appropriate compensation for his pain.

"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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Remember Mamba... December 18, 2003
VENOM is a tense horror / thriller starring Oliver Reed (the family chauffeur) and Klaus Kinski (a german underworld figure) as crooks who decide to kidnap the 10yo son of a wealthy woman. Unbeknownst to them, the boy has brought home the wrong snake from the pet shop. Instead of a harmless serpent, he's now in possession of a black mamba, the deadliest, most aggressive snake in the world! This is bad news, as it quickly escapes it's box and bites the maid (an accomplice) in the face. She dies in minutes, leaving the two would-be kidnappers, the kid, and his grandfather trapped in the house with their scaly friend (they can't go outside, since Reed's character shot a cop on the front stoop). Just where is that bloody snake? Who will it strike next? Can the police get these guys before they kill the hostages? Will anyone survive? Prepare to squirm! Highly recommended...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent movie full of suspense and surprises at every turn
An excellent movie full of suspense and surprises at every turn. It really keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Published 2 months ago by Gaylord Gaulden
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty watchable snake film, with some venomous writing, fairly good...
"Venom" is the 1981 movie based upon the novel by Alan Scholefield (or, as he's known in America, 'who?'), and is not a bad adaptation of said work. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Leslie Karen Rigsbey
4.0 out of 5 stars liked it.
I watched this movie a hundred times when I was a kid. My father has a fear of snakes which made this fun to watch. Read more
Published 10 months ago by nlm
5.0 out of 5 stars Gulity Pleasure
Klaus has always been an interesting character since I first saw him in Dr. Zhivago
as the chained laborer on the boxcar that took Zhivago and his family to the Urals. Read more
Published 16 months ago by IClaudius7
5.0 out of 5 stars VENOM
Published 21 months ago by Augustine Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Venom is a great movie. You never expect a snake story developing in London during a winter!! Higly Recommended. Thanks.
Published 22 months ago by Rosa
3.0 out of 5 stars Not TOO bad...
I liked this movie as a kid, and I still like to put it on from time to time. It's creepy with some very intense scenes that keep you on the edge of your chair. Read more
Published on December 10, 2010 by Constant Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible cast and great director - Really good film!
Piers Haggard, the director of Venom, has been around the block for a while. He knows what he's doing behind the camera. Read more
Published on October 6, 2010 by Get What We Give
2.0 out of 5 stars "Zee znayke izz looze!"
'The kidnap that became a murder that became a siege that became a death trap!' screamed the trailer trying to pull in the audience to Venom back in 1981. "What's on telly? Read more
Published on September 20, 2010 by Trevor Willsmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Venom
Me and my family enjoyed watching this togeather,but it made us jump and scream so that was funny.
Published on March 21, 2010 by J. Mollette
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