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.[2]

Opening title
Directed byPeter Sykes
Produced byMichael Pearson
Kenneth F. Rowles
Screenplay byDonald Ford
Derek Ford
Christopher Wicking (additional dialogue)
Based onan original story by Stephen Collins
StarringSimon Brent
Neda Arnerić
Sheila Allen
Music byJohn Simco Harrison
CinematographyPeter Jessop
Edited byStephen Collins
Cupid Productions
Distributed byCupid Productions (UK)
New Line Cinema (USA)
Release date
  • 2 May 1974 (1974-05-02) (London, UK)

  • February 1975 (1975-02) (USA)
Running time
90 min.[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom




Home media

The film was released on DVD by Cav Distributing Corporation on Juary 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.[3]


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.[4] 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.[5]


  1. "VENOM | British Board of Film Classification".
  2. VENOM Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 41, Iss. 480, (Jan 1, 1974): 136.
  3. "The Legend of Spider Forest (1974) - Peter Sykes". Allmovie. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  4. "Venom 1971, directed by Peter Sykes". Time Out London. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  5. Sindelar, Dave. "The Legend of Spider Forest (1971)". Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
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