Another rather routine horror movie, "Venom" at least succeeds at never trying to be more than it is - a low-budget slasher/monster flick.
Set in the bayous of Louisiana, "Venom" follows several young people as they are hunted by Mr. Jangles, a recently-deceased man who has become possessed with thirteen evil souls. Voodoo murmurings and some bloody moments are about as complex as the plot gets, but that's okay - the film works on a rudimentary level.
While I can't really recommend this film as it adds absolutely nothing to the genre and there are far better movies out there, "Venom," coming in at a generous 85 minute running time, has its entertainment value. The monster (just some badass dude who has been brought back from the dead) is pretty good and there are some decent gory deaths, so what more can you ask for? Okay, nudity for one, but don't expect too much skinny dipping in the swamps.
If you absolutely love horror movies, "Venom" may be one of the better of the never-heard-of-this-horror-movie genre, but if you're not a die hard horror lover, there are some better and more established movies out there for your enjoyment.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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