30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
This misbegotten horror film deserved to go direct to video. Or cable. Or oblivion.
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25

Boston Globe

By Janice Page
If ridiculous, hackneyed, gratuitously violent slasher movies aren't your thing, don't go near Venom with a 10-foot snake pole.
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25

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Shot as "Backwater" and test-screened as "The Reaper," this film contains a couple of bracingly mean sequences, but it cleaves so closely to the slasher-movie formula that it can't muster up any suspense at all.
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25

New York Daily News

By Robert Dominguez
A witless, derivative slasher flick.
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25

Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
This insipid take on the teens-in-peril formula, with a snake-bit ghoul chasing kids around the bayou, is truly a fangless task.
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25

Chicago Tribune

Sadly, the concept of dialogue is totally lost on the makers of Venom, a laughably bad example of teen-scream movies.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Scott Brown
A mud-simple horror trudge set in a swamp colony of Abercrombie models.
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25

New York Post

All hopes for suspense and plot twists are snuffed out about as quickly as the film's black characters.
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25

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Could there be a more inappropriate time to release a cheesy horror movie about evildoing in Louisiana.
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0

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
You'll feel so much better just sending your $9.50 to the Red Cross then catching "I Know What You Did Last Summer" one more time on television.
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25 out of 100
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Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.