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Venom (1981)

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

Director:

Piers Haggard

Writers:

Alan Scholefield (based on the novel by), Robert Carrington (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Mike Gwilym ... Det. Constable Dan Spencer
Paul Williamson Paul Williamson ... Det. Sergeant Glazer
Michael Gough ... David Ball
Hugh Lloyd ... Taxi Driver
Rita Webb Rita Webb ... Mrs. Loewenthal
Edward Hardwicke ... Lord Dunning
John Forbes-Robertson ... Sgt. Nash
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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 »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Promotional artwork for the film formed snake fangs out the serifs of the characters "V" and "M" letters in the movie's "VenoM" title logos. See more »

Goofs

On several occasions Kinski's character calls out loudly to Williamson's character who is standing out in the street but when Williamson replies it is too soft and quiet for him to be heard by Kinski. See more »

Quotes

Commander William Bulloch: Look, could you tell me just how dangerous very dangerous is?
Dr. Marion Stowe: The most dangerous snake in the whole world, that dangerous.
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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 An Accidental Studio (2019) See more »

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Time Out
(uncredited)
Music by Stanley Myers
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Exciting film! Excellent film!
11 May 2000 | by JThomas-2See all my reviews

This is a much maligned film. Given the fine acting and the really Hitchcockian development and story line, this thing delivers in a big way. I don't want to give away the story line, but let's just say that while snakes play a part in it, this is not a shlocky horror film. In fact, the storyline doesn't revolve around snakes; they're more of a plot device. This is a thriller of the best caliber. The British actors are some of the finest ever cranked out and the claustrophobic atmosphere seems to drive you even crazier. If you are afraid of snakes, then you'll be gut wrenchingly terrified (I was). If you aren't, then you'll still be glued to your seat. Watch it and if you dare, do it with the lights off!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Venom See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,229,643

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,229,643
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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