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DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 85 minutes, cast auditions, two featurettes

STUDIO: Dimension

RELEASE DATE: 1-17-2005

I have said it before. The problem with too many horror films today are unsympathetic characters and crappy writing full of badly executed ideas. VENOM falls into that category as the latest bad horror movie I had to suffer through. I don't see what producer Kevin Williamson seen in this movie based on a video game. The characters are all dysfunctional in some way whether it is the town outcast (Ray who becomes possessed by evil after snakes kill him), his son (who doesn't like Ray at all), two girl who may or may not be lesbians, a guy who is trying to hook up with Eden again (but she wants to go to New York to be a doctor), and the black woman who is scared because her grandma, the local Voodoo Practitioner, didn't get to finish her job of transporting the snake she used to milk the evil out of dead people. So Ray comes back and start killing off the cast one by one. The women all have great racks or are hoes (some with great racks) or very beautiful. I didn't feel for the characters and you can take one guess what might happen to the guy if he decides he wants to got to New York with Eden. So do yourself a favor and walk past VENOM in the video store.

VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

Image detail is fine, but the transfer looks unimpressive and soft.

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Dialoguie and surround action come in very clear.

SPECIAL FEATURES: VOODOO NIGHTMARE: THE MAKING OF VENOM is an eight minute promo fluff featurette that has interviews with the cast and producer Kevin Williamson. I was more entertained by the featurette than the movie itself. Then you have Storyboard-To-Film Comparisons of four scenes in VENOM and cast auditions of six actors in the film (Rick Cramer, D.J. Cotrona, Laura Ramsey, Dawel Szajda, Davetta Sherwood, and Bijou Phillips).

FINAL ANALYSIS: VENOM is a stinker. Skip it. Leave it in the swamp where it belongs.

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