Venom (1971 film)

Venom (also known as The Legend of Spider Forest, and Spider's Venom) is a 1971 British horror film directed by Peter Sykes in his directorial debut.[3][4]

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Opening title
Directed byPeter Sykes
Screenplay byDonald Ford
Derek Ford
Christopher Wicking (additional dialogue)
Based onan original story by Stephen Collins
Produced byMichael Pearson
Kenneth F. Rowles
StarringSimon Brent
Neda Arnerić
Sheila Allen
CinematographyPeter Jessop
Edited byStephen Collins
Music byJohn Simco Harrison
Cupid Productions
Distributed byCupid Productions (UK)
New Line Cinema (USA)
Release date
1971 [1]
Running time
90 min.[2]
CountryUnited Kingdom


A Nazi scientist and a woman known as a "spider goddess" attempt to develop a nerve gas made from spider venom.



Home mediaEdit

The film was released on DVD by Cav Distributing Corporation on Jan. 31, 2006, as a part of a double-feature alongside God Told Me To. It was later released by W Video on May 2, 2017 under its alternate name Spider's Venom.[5]


Time Out London gave the film a mixed review, criticizing the film's script as being "full of holes", but commended the film's "tautly visual" action, and imaginative direction.[6] Dave Sindelar of Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings gave the film a negative review, criticizing the film's confusing plot, "jagged" direction, and poor camerawork.[7]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-04-24. Retrieved 2020-05-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "VENOM | British Board of Film Classification".
  3. ^ VENOM Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 41, Iss. 480, (Jan 1, 1974): 136.
  4. ^ "VENOM | British Board of Film Classification". Archived from the original on 2018-11-15.
  5. ^ "The Legend of Spider Forest (1974) - Peter Sykes". Allmovie. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Venom 1971, directed by Peter Sykes". Time Out London. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  7. ^ Sindelar, Dave (24 April 2015). "The Legend of Spider Forest (1971)". Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings. Retrieved 19 November 2019.

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