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Jim Gillespie's 'Venom': Weighing the Pros and Cons

ted Gross Gratuitous Nudity: This has to be a crime. Nudity isn’t for everyone, but I expect it of my slashers, it’s part of the complete package. Imagine eating Thanksgiving dinner with no Turkey, that wouldn’t seem right would it?

General Opinion

Venom has more replay value than one may expect. It’s got its flaws, but it’s got some strong qualities going for it as well. Hell, our focal antagonist alone makes the film worth a viewing or two. The story is a tad cliché and as I mentioned there isn’t much here in terms of mystery, but for a fun, brainless movie night, Venom certainly works.
Matt_Molgaard Wednesday 12/21/2011 at 05:06 PM | 88503
I remember watching this a few years ago and really enjoying it. milar to what you said, there wasn't anything too special about it, butit was well done and kinda under-rated. I especially remember the scene with old voodoo house in the woods which was pretty cool.
A.Silent.Hill Wednesday 12/21/2011 at 06:02 PM | 88507
I remember watching this movie and enjoying quite a few things about it, and then being a little bewildered when I read the reactions of many critics to it. It wasn't perfect, and many of the things you point out about it in the "negative" column are valid points, but it was certainly no crime against cinema either. The voodoo aspect of it was actually pretty badass, and the cast was surpringly strong. Personally, I can't stand Bijou Phillips, I think she's generally a terrible actress, but even she didn't bother me too much in this one. Granted, that might be because she bought it so early on, but still. This movie received some undue condemnation. Sometimes I think many film critics either have no idea how to review horror films, or else they mply give almost all horror films negative reviews mply because they disapprove of the genre. It's the same with some critics and movies based on comic books: these stuffy critics feel like they're "above" watching this genre of movie, they don't want to have to keep watching them in the future, and they think if they trash them across the board there will be less of them to t through in the future. I'm glad their plan hasn't worked.
ImmortalSidneyP Thursday 12/22/2011 at 01:38 PM | 88555