Are you happy to see me, or is that a snake up your pants? Ah, the proverbial question. In the case of Oliver Reed in 1981's "Venom," it is a snake. Not an ordinary snake....a black mamba...the most venomous and aggressive snake known to mankind. It bites you....you die quickly. Mix this plot device with a bunch of know-it-all criminals who have one of those fool-proof plans to net millions. Yep, a plan in which nothing can go wrong. We all know how that goes.
Because of a chain of weird events, 10 year old Philip (Lance Holcomb) brings home a black mamba snake from the pet store instead of a harmless house snake. Uh oh...he gets home just as Jacmel (Klaus Kinski) attempts to kidnap him. Jacmel has help, two servants, the chauffeur (Reed) and the lovely maid Louise (Susan George). However lovely Ms. George is, she will be turned into a gray, twisted, contorting corpse-to-be when our snake leaps into her face and bites away. So sad....as we did get a gratuitous glimpse of her in her underwear in the first few minutes. Oh yes...these kidnappers...even though they all have European accents, they are idiots. Their fool proof plan was obviously drawn up by ....fools.