Evil Can’t Defeat Evil
Release Date: September 16, 2005
Starring: Agnes Bruckner, Jonathan
Jackson, Laura Ramsey, and
Genre: Horror/Suspense Thriller
Rating: R for strong horror
violence/gore, and language
Runtime: 93 minutes
Distributor: Dimension Films (Miramax
Films/The Weinstein Company)
Director: Jim Gillespie
Executive Producer: Andrew Rona, Bob Weinstein,
Harvey Weinstein, and Brad
Producer: Jennifer D. Breslow, Scott
Faye and Kevin Williamson
Writer: Brandon Boyce, Flint Dille and
John Zuur Platten
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A rural Louisiana town is terrorized when a voodoo priestess accidentally unleashes a powerfully evil force into the community. Taking the form of snakes, the evil force kills a man, inhabits his body, and begins terrorizing a group of teenagers. One by one they are picked off, until the ringleader, named Eden, must face off with the zombie creature inside a deep, dark tomb.
The ways in which the zombie murders his victims are vile; readers can see a partial description of them in our CONTENT section above, to get some idea of the movie’s gruesomeness. Miramax and sister company Dimension have embraced the teen slasher genre like no other studios, so maybe the upcoming regime change will curtail this unfortunate trend.
I would venture to guess that VENOM was written backwards. The filmmakers thought up a handful of exciting, violent tortures that they thought might look cool enacted on the screen. Then they borrowed clichés from other teen horror movies until they had fashioned a very thin plot that would get the characters from one violent torture to the next. The plot is truly that negligible in the movie; it is reduced to a conveyor belt that gets the mildly attractive teenagers from one murder scene to the next.
Violence is not the only objection, however. Occult rituals and beliefs are the backbone of VENOM. One scene has two girls repeatedly stab their friend’s corpse in order to paralyze the zombie. Their plan fails, which shows the inability of one evil act to stop another (the Bible instructs us to fight evil with good instead). There is also lots of occult chanting, imagery and discussion.
Adding to the amateur feel of the movie, very rough language begins abruptly at the halfway mark. In the movie’s first half, no one uses the ‘f’ word, but after they say it once, they say it often. This inconsistency in characterization further exposes the movie’s poor quality.
If the MOVIEGUIDE® acceptability scale went lower than -4, we would assign the movie an even lower rating. Execrable in every way, VENOM hopefully will enjoy a quiet death at the box office.
The ways in which the zombie murders his victims are vile. The plot is truly negligible; it just gets the teenagers from one murder to the next. Violence is not the only objection, however. Occult rituals and beliefs are the backbone of VENOM. One scene has two girls stab a corpse during an occult ceremony. Their plan fails, which shows the inability of one evil act to stop another. There is lots of occult chanting, imagery, and discussion. There is also a lot of strong foul language to make the movie even more unappealing. Execrable in every way, VENOM hopefully will enjoy a quiet death at the box office.
Finally, everyone seems to ignore the very essence of the problem, which is the broken nature of man, i.e., sin. That inherited, broken DNA factor that causes individuals to rebel against God, indulge in lust and excess, miss the mark, and persist in destructive behavior. The problem with our sinful nature factor is aggravated by the fact that we have forsaken self-discipline as well as the ultimate remedy, which is repairing the broken defect through the inflowing of God's Holy Spirit when we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Only by preaching the salvation, transformation, self-discipline, truth, and love of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in every walk of life can we truly stop this sexual epidemic of lust and sin that is ravaging the United States of America and the world.