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Venom (2005)

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A group of teenagers fear for their lives in the swamps of Louisiana, chased by Mr. Jangles, a man possessed by 13 evil souls, and now relentless in his pursuit of new victims.

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Jim Gillespie

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Flint Dille (screenplay), John Zuur Platten (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Agnes Bruckner ... Eden Sinclair
Jonathan Jackson ... Eric
Laura Ramsey ... Rachel
D.J. Cotrona ... Sean
Rick Cramer ... Ray Sawyer
Meagan Good ... Cece
Bijou Phillips ... Tammy
Method Man ... Deputy Turner
Pawel Szajda ... Ricky
Davetta Sherwood Davetta Sherwood ... Patty
Stacey Travis ... Laura
Marcus Lyle Brown ... Terry Parker (as Marcus Brown)
James Pickens Jr. ... Sheriff
Deborah Duke Deborah Duke ... Miss Emmie
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SPOILER: Eric and his Yankee teenage mates travel South by motorbike to a swampy backwater town in Louisiana, where Sean's father Ray lived, the local tow truck driver, who abandoned the then baby-boy and his mother. Ray recently died, while trying to rescue a voodoo witch and at her urging her trunk, which got opened and released the poisonous serpents possessed by the souls of truly evil sinners she trapped in them. Ray was bitten and possessed as the car sunk, and shortly after it's dragged out rises as an 'undead' zombie, who murders without provocation and is immune to lethal weapons. He soon finds the teens' trace and proves his indiscriminately evil blood-thirst by charging his only offspring equally lethally. However they were warned by Eden's friend Cece, the witch's granddaughter, who explained the situation in her home and assures them when the zombie attacks it's safe thanks to a 'blessed' spell preventing evil from entering; alas the chain- and crowbar-waving undead finds... Written by KGF Vissers

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voodoo | louisiana | undead | swamp | snake | See All (64) »

Taglines:

He Never Hurt A Soul Until The Day He Died.

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong horror violence/gore, and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Miramax [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Reaper See more »

Filming Locations:

Amite, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$519,489, 18 September 2005

Gross USA:

$881,745
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The house at the end where cece is staying is the same house that is used in the movie Evil Remains. See more »

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When Sean is pulled through the window with the chain by Ray Sawyer, the whole window behind him shatters. However, a few moments later inside the house - the window has somehow repaired itself. See more »

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Tammy: Some people are just born rotten.
Patty: Or gay!
Ricky: Or bitchy?
Patty: Or bitchy!
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At the end of the credits we hear the sound of Ray's keys jangling See more »

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Written by Courtney June, Scott Cutler and Anne Preven
Performed by Courtney Jaye
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A modern-day return to Horror of the 1980's
1 July 2006 | by boyinflaresSee all my reviews

"Venom" is one of the more unique horrors to come out in recent years in that it feels just like you are watching a horror flick from the reigning hey-day of horrors, the 1980's. While the premise is nothing new, it is done in a slick fashion that keeps the viewer entertained.

The cast is a mixed bunch, admittedly I am not familiar with some of them, they either are not very good, or they just played their characters poorly. Take Agnes Bruckner for example. She plays the "heroine", Eden, but she is about the most uninteresting character in the whole film, not to mention as far as horror-heroines go, she is not very resourceful. Similarly, Jonathan Jackson seems like an unusual choice for male-lead, but he is rather surprising in that his character is very well-rounded in terms of personality and resourcefulness. Laura Ramsey is terrific as Rachel, Eden's best friend - that is, until she goes rather crazy, then her character is just annoying. D.J. Cotrona plays Sean, the resident hottie, and he is also one of the more interesting characters due to his connections with the teens' enemy, giving him more story than several of the others, and making him more interesting than the leads. Meagen Good doesn't get much screen time, but due to her connections also, she plays one of the more interesting characters, Cece. Rounding out the main group of teens is Pawel Szajda who plays Ricky, and worthy of note not simply because Ricky is gay, but because he is a normal gay character, something still rare in films (where gay characters are either ugly, victimized constantly, or only there as comic relief), though increasingly in horror films gay characters are being depicted as normal, and often more interesting than other characters (see also the recent film Tobe Hooper's "Mortuary").

Rick Cramer plays the possessed villain in the film, Ray, and does a very good job. An interesting location, nice scenery, some frightening scenes and a cool score make for a fun film that pays tribute to the horror of the 80's. Also, just when you think you know who is going to survive (the terrible unfortunate motif of recent years when you already know the heroine and the hero will survive) there is a surprise turn. Highly enjoyable, albeit somewhat underplayed.


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