IMDb > Venom (1981)
Venom
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guide
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Venom (1981) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 19 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
5.9/10   1,666 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 13% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Alan Scholefield (based on the novel by)
Robert Carrington (screenplay)
Contact:
View company contact information for Venom on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
29 January 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The mystery of "The Birds", The danger of "Psycho", The evil of "The Omen", The terror of "Jaws", Now, the ultimate in suspense. See more »
Plot:
Terrorists in the process of kidnapping a child, get trapped in a house with an extremely deadly snake. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
A powerful thriller See more (38 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Klaus Kinski ... Jacmel

Oliver Reed ... Dave

Nicol Williamson ... Commander William Bulloch

Sarah Miles ... Dr. Marion Stowe

Sterling Hayden ... Howard Anderson

Cornelia Sharpe ... Ruth Hopkins
Lance Holcomb ... Philip Hopkins

Susan George ... Louise Andrews
Mike Gwilym ... Det. Constable Dan Spencer
Paul Williamson ... Det. Sergeant Glazer

Michael Gough ... David Ball
Hugh Lloyd ... Taxi Driver
Rita Webb ... Mrs. Loewenthal

Edward Hardwicke ... Lord Dunning
John Forbes-Robertson ... Sgt. Nash
Ian Brimble ... Constable in Police Station
Peter Porteous ... Hodges
Maurice Colbourne ... Sampson
Nicholas Donnelly ... Superintendant Police
Cyril Conway ... Man in No.17
Sally Lahee ... Woman in No.17

David Sterne ... Driver
Charles Cork ... Driver's mate
Howard Bell ... Constable

Alan Ford ... Peters
Norman Mann ... Williams
Tony Meyer ... Martin
Michael Watkins ... Rogers
Gerard Ryder ... Smith
Moti Makan ... Mr. Murkerjee
Katherine Wilkinson ... Susan Stowe
Eric Richard ... Airline Clerk

Arnold Diamond ... Head Waiter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Pat Gorman ... Policeman (uncredited)
Eric Kent ... Workman (uncredited)

Directed by
Piers Haggard 
 
Writing credits
Alan Scholefield (based on the novel by)

Robert Carrington (screenplay by)

Produced by
Harry Benn .... associate producer
Martin Bregman .... producer
Richard R. St. Johns .... executive producer
Louis A. Stroller .... senior executive producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Kamen 
 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Taylor (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Bradsell 
 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
 
Art Direction by
Tony Curtis 
 
Set Decoration by
Tessa Davies 
 
Makeup Department
Meinir Jones-Lewis .... hair stylist (as Meinir Brock)
Basil Newall .... makeup artist
Nick Dudman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ron Fry .... production manager
John W. Hyde .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Bradsell .... second unit director
Nick Daubeny .... second assistant director
Dominic Fulford .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Fred Carter .... assistant art director
Dennis Maddison .... property buyer
Bill Waldron .... construction manager
Terry Wells .... property master
Gari Bacon .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Keith Batten .... boom operator
Roy Birchley .... assistant sound editor
Rene Borisewitz .... sound recordist
Simon Kaye .... sound recordist
Archie Ludski .... sound editor
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
 
Special Effects by
Richard W. Dean .... special effects (as Richard Dean)
Alan Whibley .... special effects
Steve Hamilton .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roy Scammell .... stunts
Roy Scammell .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Binney .... camera operator: second unit
Kevin Brookner .... assistant camera
Denys N. Coop .... additional photographer (as Denys Coop)
Clive Coote .... still photographer
Frank Heeney .... lighting gaffer
Dick Lee .... camera grip
Bill Pochetty .... best boy
Malcolm Vinson .... camera operator
Frank Watts .... photographer: second unit
David Wynn-Jones .... focus puller
Chris Warren .... video operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Murphy .... wardrobe supervisor
Eileen Sullivan .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
Jim Howe .... assistant editor
Tim Jordan .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Michael Kamen .... conductor
John McClure .... music mixer
 
Transportation Department
Richard Booz .... driver: artist trailer (uncredited)
Howard Pugh .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
David Ball .... snake handler
Annie Britten .... secretary to producers (as Anne Britten)
Tony Coroon .... production accountant
Ceri Evans .... continuity
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist
Mark Goddard .... production trainee
Bob Halliday .... police liaison
Carol Regan .... secretary to producers
Brian Savage .... assistant snake handler
Dennis Davidson .... publicist (uncredited)
Kay Rawlings .... continuity (uncredited)
 
Thanks
David Ball .... thanks
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
93 min | USA:92 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Australia:MA15+ (DVD rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (original rating) | UK:15 | UK:12 (re-rating) (2004) | USA:R | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Publicity for this picture stated from the film's plotline story elements that anti-venom serum treatment from a bite from a Black Mamba snake would only be effective in fifty per cent of any of their snake-bite victims.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: When Dr stowe is told to get up by Kinski, she anticipates the terrorist's action by grabbing the scarf before Kinsi wraps her hand in it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Our SongSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A powerful thriller, 26 February 2004
Author: Aaron C. Schepler from Arizona USA

VENOM (1982) ***½ Klaus Kinski, Oliver Reed, Nicol Williamson, Sarah Miles, Susan George. Even though this film is called "Venom" and features a snake, this is no "creature feature." Two English domestics (Reed and George), along with an international criminal (Kinski), conspire to kidnap their wealthy employers' ten-year-old son. The plan goes awry after the boy mistakenly receives a highly aggressive, super-poisonous black mamba (originally intended for a research facility), which kills one of the conspirators and transforms the attempted kidnapping into a tense armed standoff. A box-office flop in its day, American audiences were probably turned off by the film's stodgy English production values and – thanks to a misleading advertising campaign – probably felt duped once they realized it wasn't a killer snake movie. Still, a strong script and Kinski and Reed's explosive performances make this a powerful thriller. Highly recommended.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (38 total) »

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Horror section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.