Please understand that this is a fairly simple, straight forward movie. It's slow at times, low on the gratuity but filled to the brim with 70's filmmaking and ambiance. You take a strong cast of character actors and throw together in an animal attack movie with a bit of a twist. It's slow through the second act and while it opens and closes strong, there are moments through the middle that need more Black Mamba. Also, any scene involving the snake... not exactly scary. There's an element of humor here that seems to epitomize a number of the animal attack flicks of this period. This is not the funniest (nor is it intentionally funny), but you'll find yourself chuckling at times. It's okay to laugh. Klaus Kinski can't get you now.
Blue Underground always does a great job at making their releases look great. It even has a nice extra a package though nothing extravagant. The essay booklet by Mike Gingold is a must read.
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Behind the drapes... Between the walls... In your bed...
It was supposed to be the perfect crime: the sexy maid (Susan George of STRAW DOGS), a psychotic chauffeur (Oliver Reed of THE BROOD) and an international terrorist (the legendary Klaus Kinski) kidnap a wealthy ten-year-old boy from his elegant London townhouse. But they didn't count on a murdered cop, a desperate hostage siege, and one very unexpected houseguest: a furious Black Mamba, the most lethal and aggressive snake known to nature. It can attack from ten feet away. Its bite brings excruciating death. And it is on the loose. Now, terror knows no antidote... and the ultimate in slithering mayhem is VENOM.
Sterling Hayden (THE KILLING), Nicol Williamson (EXCALIBUR) and Sarah Miles (BLOW-UP) co-star in this gripping suspense thriller based on the novel by best-selling author Alan Scholefield and directed by Piers Haggard (THE BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW). VENOM has been newly transferred in 2K High Definition from its negative and features some very real - and extremely deadly - Black Mambas!
Audio Commentary with Director Piers Haggard
Poster & Still Gallery
BONUS Collectable Booklet featuring new writing by Fangoria Editor Michael Gingold