"Venom (aka Backwater) (2005/Blu-ray/Echo Bridge)" Review

Synopsis: When an aged Creole woman is caught in a car wreck in a remote section of Louisiana, Ray (Rick Cramer), the owner of a nearby filling station, speeds to the scene of the accident to help. However, Ray doesn't know that the woman is a voodoo practitioner whose vehicle holds a case full of magic talismans. The magical spirits lead Ray to an unexpected death, and then they take over his body, turning him into a bloodthirsty monster. As the reanimated Ray makes his way into town, a group of teenagers including Eden (Agnes Bruckner) and Tammy (Bijou Phillips) find themselves running for their lives from the supernatural creature, while Deputy Turner (Method Man) looks for a way to keep the strange menace under control. 

 Review: This was one of the many horror films that I passed by back in 2005 due to being sick and tired of the modern horror films that where being released during that time and wanting to discover more of the golden age of horror and the more obscure side of horror. Now it's 2011 and I am ready to give this film a chance and I am seriously glad I waited because now with my more mature and open-minded taste in horror films I was able to appreciate this film way more than I would of a few years back.
In alot of ways you still are going to get a pretty basic slasher film, but with a deep south voodoo twist that adds a little more flavor to an otherwise generic film. Instead of getting a masked man that goes around killing people and is eventually unmasked to find out it's your ex-lover killing you get a supernatural beast of a man who is hell bent on tearing you apart limb by limb. Also something that is a little more different than most slasher type films is that there is not a bunch of young people going around having sex and showing off their nude bodies which for this film actually helps it instead of hurting it. Now the part that is very typical is the cast, you basically get a bunch of good looking early 20's men and women that have some fairly decent acting skills.There is not much that I really didn't like about this one besides some bad dialogue here and there.
One other shining point on this film that I will point out is the makeup effects on the monster, they did an amazing job and the makeup work is made of practical effects instead of being done completely CGI like they do lot nowadays. I think another reason why I can now enjoy this film is because I have gotten to the point of being totally sick of seeing all my favorite horror films being raped by the industry and put out as half assed remakes and I am searching for something new and original like Venom!On top of everything this is the best looking blu-ray release from Echo Bridge and I hope to hell that they keep up with the future releases looking this good!
Overall this was a pretty damn good horror film that really does deserve some more exposure and this Blu-ray is definitely the one to discover it on!

-Daniel "Damnation" Lee

Director: Jim Gillespie
Genre: Horror
Blu-Ray Release Year: 2011
Theatrical Release Year: 2005
Time Length: 87 mins.
Company: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Website: www.echobridgehe.com