Fabulous Films release Venom (1971) on UK DVD July 6th 2015

venom1Fabulous Films release Venom (1971) on UK DVD July 6th 2015

aka The Legend of Spider Forest aka Spider’s Venom

“An interesting if shoddily made variation on the Dracula legend” NY Times

A classic British horror movie from 1971 is out on DVD. A Nazi scientist and a woman known as a “spider goddess” attempt to develop a nerve gas made from spider venom.

Directed by legendary Australian director Peter Sykes (The Avengers TV Series, Steptoe and Son Ride Again) this film had a PG rating when it was released as The Legend of Spider Forest despite full frontal nudity and headless corpses. Clearly the BBFC felt it was a valuable tool to educate British children to the dangers of Nazism.

Thoroughly Confusing Synopsis:

Whilst enjoying his holiday in a Tyrolean village, artist Paul Greville encounters a beautiful girl called Helen – with a scar in the form of a spider on her shoulder. This may be a clue! Back at the inn where he is staying, the owner ends up dead and Paul is blamed. Now on the run, Helen takes Paul to her father’s cottage, where a diabolical series of experiments are being conducted in an effort to create a nerve gas from spider venom – funded by money from stolen paintings. Then the dead innkeeper’s friends and family turn up!


It was written by Donald Ford, who felt he could never top the script/was deeply confused by what he had created – and quit the film business soon after to become a magistrate.

It was produced by Michael Pearson. He is the 65th richest person and the 10th largest landowner in the United Kingdom. He also produced 1968’s Sympathy for the Devil, a film starring The Rolling Stones, directed by Jean-Luc Godard.

Cast: Simon Brent, Neda Arneric, Sheila Allen, Derek Newark

Venom is available to order now from Amazon UK here – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Venom-DVD-Simon-Brent/dp/B00VE88OV4/

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About Andy Deen

A horror fan for as far back as I can remember . The first things that scared me were Doctor Who and the BBC ghost stories . As an early teen the video revolution came along and with it the Video Nasty campaign , and through all that I immersed myself in all things nasty. I love Slashers, Haunted House Stories and Devil Worshipping/Panic Films . I watch too much horror , listen to loud Heavy Metal and enjoy the odd tattoo \m/\m/