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Venus Flytrap (1987)

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Three street punks--Turk, his girlfriend BB., and his sidekick Wimp--observe two young affluent kids, Ginger and Danny, shoplifting from a record store. On a lark, the street kids invite ... See full summary »


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Michael Capellupo ... Wimp
Kevin M. Glover ... Rod
Henry Harris Henry Harris ... Danny
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Three street punks--Turk, his girlfriend BB., and his sidekick Wimp--observe two young affluent kids, Ginger and Danny, shoplifting from a record store. On a lark, the street kids invite themselves along to a party at the home of the yuppies' friends, Rod and Arlene. There the party games turn from strip darts to Russian roulette as it becomes increasingly obvious that the yuppies are playing with the street kids' emotions. Eventually the three street kids are all brutally murdered by the yuppies, who had purposely lured them in for exactly that purpose. The yuppies then prepare for their next "kill." Written by Marvin Jones <72657.3276@compuserve.com>

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It's Awful But Worth Watching
9 May 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Venus Flytrap (1987)

* (out of 4)

Extremely low-budget wannabe trash has three thugs forcing themselves into a party where rape and murder soon follows.

This film has gained a cult following over the year with many people calling it a rip-off of THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT but in truth it does borrow from that film but the majority of the plot is ripped off from the other Craven rip-off HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK. Either way, since the Craven film was released there have been countless rip- offs so it's somewhat interesting seeing a film that rips off the Craven film and another of the rip-offs. I said rip a lot in this paragraph.

With that said, this film's lead villain is based off Krug in the Craven movie and he's given a "naughty" girlfriend and a slow son. The rest of the plot pretty much comes from HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK as the three force themselves to a nerd party where they plan on causing havoc and if you've seen that Ruggero Deodato film then you already know how this one plays out.

Is VENUS FLYTRAP any good? Absolutely not. The performances are all rather weak. The plot is an embarrassment. The direction is weak and there's certainly nothing good on the technical level. Everything about this movie has a very cheap feel to it but at the same time the level of cheapness stands out and I must admit that at just 63-minutes the film held my attention.

The "badness" of the film is certainly what makes the picture worth sitting through. If you're a fan of these types of low-budget movies then you'll want to check this one out just to compare it to the countless other bad rip-offs out there.

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