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Venom (R)

Release Date: September 16th, 2005 by Dimension Films.
The Cast: Agnes Bruckner, Jonathan Jackson, Laura Ramsey, D.J. Cotrona, Rick Cramer, Meagan Good, Bijou Phillips, Method Man.
Directed by Jim Gillespie.

BASIC PREMISE: A super-evil man possessed by many evil souls terrorizes a bunch of teenagers in a small Louisiana town.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: There's a lot of of guilty pleasure and frightening moments throughout this gory horror flick. What makes this film scary his that the bad guy is very sadistic and truly evil. He even looks scary with his snakeskin flesh with slithering snakes inside it. His first killing is deceptively off-camera because the rest of them are directly in front and full blood and guts. The main character is Eden (Bruckner) who looks so great with her cleavage that you often forget this is a horror movie. There aren't enough developed characters for one to actually care about them when they die. Even the plot is primarily a cat-and-mouse chase. However, it is fun to try to predict who will be next in line to die---although the rising musical score gives a helpful hint a few seconds before. There are a few surprises, especially when the super-evil zombie disappears for a while and comes in for a sneak attack in an unexpected way. It also helps that the settings are very scary and atmospheric--especially the chase through the swamp. Most of the scenes take place at night, which is the usual time that most classic films to be shot in. Unlike The Skeleton Key, this film does not deal with hoodoo, but with voodoo, which is a magical curse. It is also a weapon that Cece (Good), the daughter of a voodoo practitioner, uses to try to reverse the curse on the evil snake man. This film has a production value with much more shock value and plenty of high tension--it is also R-rated, which is perfect for a horror film. The ending is particularly suspenseful and very nerve-racking.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: As long as you suspend your disbelief, there is none. If you don't, you'll wonder how it's possible for so many victims to be stupid--but that's just a classic trait of most characters in horror films.


THE BOTTOM LINE: A surprisingly scary and tense horror film filled with gory deaths, sexy babes, and plenty of atmosphere. It's no classic, but it's plenty of guilty pleasure.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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