Halloween Disc-A-Day 2017: Day 21 – Venomous

Continuing from last year, this project is an attempt to help me get dvds that for one reason or another I’ve never seen off of my shelf and give them a watch.  Today I’ve got Venomous.

IMDb: Venomous (Video 29 November 2001)
Mutant snakes survived a terrorist attack on a government laboratory, and they now threaten the town of Santa Mira Springs, California. Seismic activity has brought snakes to the surface, where residents are being bitten. Victims can transmit the virus to healthy persons. The military puts the town under quarantine. Local physicians try to control the epidemic, while the military is primarily concerned with keeping the virus a secret.

This feels very much like a TV movie and Treat Williams fills the role of the level-headed protagonist with good hair.  I prefer him as the scene-chewing villain, but he fits the mold for this movie.  Treat Williams is a silly name but a serious actor.  This almost doesn’t qualify as a horror movie.  I’m counting it.  It’s a creature feature, but it plays out like the script to Outbreak that someone used find and replace to change the word monkey to snake.  The concept of using snakes as carriers for a genetically engineered virus is insane.  I wouldn’t be that surprised if this is something the CIA tried at one point, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is unbelievably stupid.  For me, this is watchable but I can’t think of anything in it that will make me ever think about it again.

We’re down to the final ten.  Come back tomorrow for another review.  In the meantime, listen to Motion Picture Meltdown’s episode on Anaconda.

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