Venom (1981 film)
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|Directed by||Piers Haggard|
|Produced by||Martin Bregman
Richard R. St. Johns
Louis A. Stroller
|Written by||Robert Carrington
Alan Scholefield (novel)
|Music by||Michael Kamen|
|Editing by||Michael Bradsell|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release dates||November 28, 1981
January 19, 1982
January 29, 1982
|Running time||93 min.|
An international criminal enlists Ruth Hopkins' maid and chauffeur in a scheme to kidnap her asthmatic ten-year-old son Philip for ransom. As the plot begins to unfold, Philip has just brought home a snake from a local importer, unaware that his new pet has been accidentally switched with a deadly Black Mamba destined for a toxicology lab. The lab reports the mix-up, and a police officer is dispatched to the Hopkins residence, only to be shot by the panicking chauffeur. The London townhouse is surrounded by police, trapping the criminals, the child, and his grandfather inside with the Mamba, which is now loose in the ventilation system.
- Klaus Kinski as Jacques Müller (Jacmel)
- Oliver Reed as Dave Averconnelly
- Nicol Williamson as Cmdr. William Bulloch
- Sarah Miles as Dr. Marion Stowe
- Sterling Hayden as Howard Anderson
- Cornelia Sharpe as Ruth Hopkins
- Lance Holcomb as Philip Hopkins
- Susan George as Louise Andrews
- Mike Gwilym as Det. Constable Dan Spencer
- Paul Williamson as Det. Sgt. Glazer
- Michael Gough as David Ball
- Hugh Lloyd as Taxi Driver
- Rita Webb as Mrs. Loewenthal
- Edward Hardwicke as Lord Dunning
- John Forbes-Robertson as Sgt. Nash
Tobe Hooper was originally attached to direct but quit because of "creative differences".
Klaus Kinski chose to do this movie instead of Raiders of the Lost Ark because the salary was higher. In his autobiography, Kinski Uncut, he also stated that the script for the Spielberg movie was "moronically shitty".
Bill Gibron of DVD Verdict said, "If someone told you that a movie that combined elements of Dog Day Afternoon, Sssssss, and an episode of The Crocodile Hunter was actually an effective slice of serpentine horror, you'd report them to poison control as a victim of taste toxicology post haste. But make no mistake about it, this is one case of coral corniness that actually cures what ails you…if what you want is filled with gloriously hammy overacting and draped in the antics of an antsy anaconda. Venom is filled to the fangs with viper righteousness."
- Dwight Garner. "Kinski Uncut". Salon Magazine. Retrieved 2011-04-29.
- "Venom". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
- "Venom". Blue-underground.com. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
- Vincent Canby (1982-02-05). "Venom". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-04-29.
- Bill Gibron. "Venom". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 2011-04-29.