Terrorists in the process of kidnapping a child get trapped in a house with an extremely deadly snake.

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Cast

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Jacmel
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Dave
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Commander William Bulloch
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Dr. Marion Stowe
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Howard Anderson
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Ruth Hopkins
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Philip Hopkins
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Louise Andrews
Mike Gwilym ...
Det. Constable Dan Spencer
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Det. Sergeant Glazer
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David Ball
Hugh Lloyd ...
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Mrs. Loewenthal
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Lord Dunning
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Sgt. Nash
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International terrorists attempt to kidnap a wealthy couples child. Their plan comes unstuck when, a deadly Black Mamba sent by mistake instead of a harmless snake, escapes, and the terrorists and several hostages are trapped in the boy's London home. A tense evening is had by all as the snake creeps around the house picking off the various characters one by one. Written by R Lindsay

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The object of man's most ancient fear. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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29 January 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Veneno  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,833,908 (USA) (31 January 1982)

Gross:

$5,229,643 (USA)
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Trivia

At least three cast members, that replaced director Tobe Hooper hired for this film, would finally get to work with him on the later movie Lifeforce (1985) about four years later, they being John Forbes-Robertson, Peter Porteous and Nicholas Donnelly. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Stowe is told to get up by Kinski, she anticipates the terrorist's action by grabbing the scarf before Kinski wraps her hand in it. See more »

Crazy Credits

The Producers wish to extend their thanks to David Ball, overseer of reptiles at London Zoo, without whose skill and courage in the handling of the deadly Black Mamba, this film could not have been made. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Our Song
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Music by Roger Webb
Hudson Music Ltd
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Kinski fans will be intrigued....
4 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Menacing, but not in an over the top psychotic way, Klaus Kinski delivers a very believable performance. He is more calculating than usual, and has no problem outsmarting the British police, who seem more interested in drinking coffee than anything else. What ever happened to tea? Klaus easily steals this movie from the remaining likable cast. The snake has it's own point of view, which works quite effectively. The story plays out with a couple tense moments,and at least one major surprise, that is unfortunately revealed in the trailer, so I recommend skipping watching the extra's until after the feature. Overall, one of Kinski's best, and he has ample screen time, for you to enjoy this wonderful actor. - MERK


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