Venom (1971)

79m [UK – theatrical], 90m 28s [USA – theatrical], 7110 feet [UK – theatrical], 8124 feet [USA – theatrical]
35mm film, colour
mono, English
Reviewed at The

A British horror film directed by Peter Sykes.

Plot Summary

An English artist touring Bavaria, encounters what the locals believe to be a fatal spider goddess who lures him to her mansion. There, he discovers her ex-Nazi father who's experimenting on the local populace with a serum developed from the poison of .


Directed by: Peter Sykes
© 1971 [company not given]
Cupid Productions in association with Action Plus Productions present a Cupid production
Producers: Michael Pearson, Kenneth F. Rowles
Production Supervisor: George Fowler
Screenplay by: Donald & Derek Ford
Original Story by: Stephen Collins
Additional Dialogue by: Christopher Wicking
Assistant Director: John Elton
Continuity: Kay Rawlings
Director of Photography: Peter Jessop
Camera Operator: Urnie Robinson
Editor: Steven Collins
Assistant Editor: Stephen Marians, Melvin Simpson
Colour by: Technicolor
Music Composed and Conducted by: John Simco Harrison
Sound Recordist: Robert Peck
Sound Editor: John S. Smith
Dubbing Mixer: Peter Gilpin
Wardrobe: Mary Gibson
Make-up: Bunty Phillips
Hairdressing: Stephanie Kaye
Special Effects: Roy Whybrow
Art Director: Hayden Pearce
Made on location and at Twickenham Film Studios, England
Fight Arranger: David Brandon

Simon Brent (Paul Greville)
Neda Arneric (Anna)
Sheila Allen (Ellen)
Derek Newark (Johann)
Terence Soall as Lutgermann
Gerard Heinz (Huber)
Gertan Klauber (Kurt)
Bette Vivian (Frau Kessler)
Sean Gerrard (Rudi)
Ray Barron (young man)
Billy Reid, George Fisher, Nosher Powell (the gang)

Alternative Titles

The Legend of Spider Forest – US title
Spider's Venom – US video title


Video Watchdog no.15 p.7 – review

Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.224 – credits
Ten Years of Terror: British Horror Films of the 1970s edited by Harvey Fenton and David Flint p.125 – illustrated credits, review (by Kim Newman)