This is a look at Silent Venom, Krista Allen’s role in the movie and some photos and a video clip. Readers can post comments and reviews here also.
The plot for Silent Venom (aka Recoil) might seem like a good idea in some ways but you can judge for yourself when the movie is released on DVD June 2nd, 2009. Basically, the idea is for a retired submarine to be taken to its final port without incident. However, the journey in the Pacific Ocean sees the crew trying to keep the sub’s travels silent along the way while an enemy fleet searches from above.
It does not end there, though, of course. A female scientist, named Dr. Andrea Swanson (played by Krista Allen), and her foolish male sidekick assistant, Jake (Louis Mandylor), needed to be rescued from an island on which they were conducting genetic experiments with snakes.
By now you have probably worked out the rest and so this is hardly spoiling anything from here. Yes, the researchers bring some of their little “pets” aboard the submarine and the ensuing mayhem begins when they get loose.
The racket that Dr. Swanson’s sidekick makes while fending off snakes ensures that the sound of metal hitting metal attracts the attention of the fleet in the waters above. It is then fun for one and all in the sub when the action really heats up You really need to see it to appreciate all that.
The movie has a cast of familiar faces with Luke Perry in the lead role and Krista is right behind him in the closing credits (pity her name was not first). Tom Berenger also makes an appearance in several scenes.
Krista well and truly shines, though, above all others in this move and she is the main reason to watch it. It is certainly one of her better roles and her acting was spot on and she looked beautiful. There is even a scene in which she has snakes all over her. Excellent work, as usual, from her!
Photos and your comments/review
Photos of Krista in the movie are in the gallery in this album. If you see the movie and would like to comment or provide a review then feel to post one below (comments are moderated).
Bone to pick
Hey guys at About.com, Krista’s surname in your review (that I saw today) is not “Campbell” (unless she got married and I was not aware). Every other reviewer seems to be aware that the sexiest babe on the planet, as I still call her to this day, is Krista Allen. Do not forget it!!!!
You can watch the first 5 minutes of the movie and see Krista in action in some of the first scenes via this YouTube clip below.
One site’s review this week says that some of Krista’s previous work “explains her helium-powered baby doll delivery” in Silent Venom. Bulls**t!
By Michael S. Gant
First off—the title. Isn’t all venom silent? That careless redundancy signals the overall cheesiness of this straight-to-DVD feature that should have been titled Snakes on a Sub. Luke Perry of Beverly Hills 90210 infamy plays a maverick sub commander (he stood up for what he thought was right and got struck down by the brass—isn’t that always the way?) given one last assignment: pilot a decommissioned tin can to a remote island to evac some scientists working a secret project. Oh, and the mission has to be done in advance of Chinese naval maneuvers, explains Tom Berenger’s expanded-to-Michael-Madsen-dimensions admiral. Unfortunately for all hands aboard, the rescued scientists have brought along their pet project: some mutated snakes with extra-deadly (and, yes, silent) venom. When they aren’t playing cat and mouse with a Chinese submarine, Perry and company are racing through narrow corridors and torpedo rooms trying to stay one step ahead of the angry reptiles. Some of the villainous slitherers are real stunt snakes, but some are special effects that are less convincing than Gertie the dinosaur from the early days of movie animation. The lady herpetologist is played by Krista Allen, whose credits include eight, count ‘em eight, Emmanuelle soft-core erotica features, which explains her helium-powered baby doll delivery. Mercifully, no extras.
Review: ‘Silent Venom’
Submitted by Travis on Monday, 1 June 2009
If you’re looking for a sound financial investment in today’s weakened market, might I suggest dropping your investment dollars into a new sure-fire, fail-safe opportunity that has proven itself stable and consistent? The trend of killer animal movies has never been stronger and perhaps the most attractive killer animal movie sub-genre is with snakes. I say this because, without fail, producers continue to produce killer snake movies and that means they must be making money because no producer goes into a production such as these without knowing a profit is to be had.
‘Silent Venom’ is just one of the newest additions to this genre of DVD goldmines. Veteran schlock-maestro Fred Olen Ray (Evil Toons) directed ‘Silent Venom’, which is a slight stray from some of his more typical films, such as ‘Teenage Cavegirl’ and ‘Tarzeena: Jiggle in the Jungle’. Of course, you may not of heard of him as these Skin-A-Max blockbusters were directed under his pseudonym Nicholas Medina.
The movie stars Luke Perry as disgraced Lt. Commander James O’Neill, who is given one final redeeming mission as delivery boy of a decommissioned submarine being sold to Taiwan. Perry has been suffering a real slump ever since ‘John From Cincinnati’ was cancelled, although some would say it’s been longer than that. While en route to Taiwan, O’Neill’s crew is ordered to divert their mission and rendezvous at Manku Island off the Chinese coast to rescue two military research scientists before a massive Chinese Naval maneuver threatens them and their top secret research.
So, where do the snakes come into play, you ask? Well, can’t you read between the lines? The snakes ARE the top secret research, of course. Dr. Andrea Swanson (Krista Allen) and her beady-eyed assistant Jake (Louis Mandylor) are conducting research on snake venom as a potential life-saver for soldiers against bio-chemical weapons. When their research on the island is threatened, Dr. Swanson orders Jake to destroy the experiments and save only four of the native snakes. Ah, but you know Jake, the opportunistic little weasel he is decides to “sneak” all twenty snakes on board their rescue submarine with hopes of getting rich off selling these rare snakes on the black market.
Need I go any further? As you could imagine, the story takes a relatively obvious direction from here and you might as well fill in the blanks yourself, unless you actually decide to go rent the DVD and see for yourself, which is perfectly acceptable. Personally, I think the movie would have been more effectively titled ‘Snakes on a Submarine’. Consistency is key, you know. Tom Berenger has a small role in the film as well, playing Admiral Bradley Wallace.
Overall, ‘Silent Venom’ is a movie you expect to find playing on a weekend afternoon on the Sci-Fi Channel during some holiday weekend marathon. The visual approach is that of any average Joe taking an expensive HD Steadi-Cam out for a test drive. The special effects are few and far between and, consisting of one short scene featuring a laughable CGI momma snake the size of an 18-wheeler and a handful of quick shots of equally laughable CGI baby snakes the size of anacondas.
Aside from this, the remainder of the creature effects are handled with piles of live snakes squirming around within the submarine, a la the ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ snake scene. Luke Perry even gets to utter a classically Harrison Ford-influenced line of dialogue during his epic fight scene with one of the two mutant baby snakes… “Snakes. I hate ‘em”. If you’re looking for a good movie to laugh at and make fun of, then this one would do the trick.
‘Silent Venom’ makes it’s DVD debut on June 2, 2009.
[Overall: 1.5 out of 5 stars]
Review: SILENT VENOM2009, D, Reviews, Straight-to-DVD Posted by Peter Hall – June 4th 2009 @ 12:35 am
Directed by Fred Olen Ray, 2009
Written by Mark Sanderson
I am a man of refined tastes possessing a palette more exacting than a green lazer straight from Laser Cove, but, alas, I am still just a man. Soft bits wrapped around hard bits with chemistry connecting it all. Who am I to resist a pitch as decadently basic cable as this:
Luke Perry fights giant mutant serpents as they take over his submarine in SILENT VENOM, a new action thriller coming to DVD on June 2nd (also stars Tom Berenger and Krista Allen).
Let’s dissect that marketing for a second. Right out of the gate it has the wower that is Luke Perry fighting not just snakes, but giant mutant serpents. Sell over! But the pitch doesn’t end there, oh no. 20th Century Fox Home Video then slips us the shocker, this Perry v Reptilia cage match is confined to the steel tube of a, most assuredly nuclear, submarine. Then BAM! “Also stars Tom Berenger and Krista Allen”, a closer so blatant in its call and yet so subtle in its cull as to be delivered within nonchalant parenthesis, as if Tom “Eat shit, DANGEROUS MINDS” Berenger and Krista “I ruled Peter’s adolescent late night cable world” Allen also fighting giant mutant serpents on a deep sea vessel of sheer terror are not a bigger deal than novelty Luke Perry.
This is plastic surgery and plastic snakes by the gallon, people. You know the score, I know the score:
SILENT VENOM is exactly what we all expect it to be, marketers included; hard times filmmaking. But that’s the draw! Schlock has its audience, an audience more often than not I find myself gleefully pledged to. I dig it when the biggest name in a movie about soldiers fighting a biggie sized version of a creature normally found in a garden is a name that hit its apex a decade a go. I dig it when the special effects rival that of adverts for nasal decongestant medication. I dig it because when all these hard time ingredients glam together there is a pressing chance that all involved throw caution to the wind and have a blast with their schlocky material.
Unfortunately SILENT VENOM is not of that beaten down pedigree. SILENT VENOM is dead serious, which means it is a dead boring 90 minutes of generic (and repeating) set pieces, generic effects and generic performances lathered atop a premise attractive only because of its circus nature. It’s times like this that a writer has to kitchen sink a script and a director has to go big or go home. D grade flicks like SILENT VENOM need to take a cue from the A grade feature porn world. Cast actors who don’t mind getting compromised on screen, actors who will duck a giant snake with an ear to ear smile. Back story and character motivation need be verbose only if it adds to the energy of it. The situations and calamity of it all are the money shots, not the lame effects.
Stick to that formula and you’ll get a genuinely fun CROC or MAMMOTH, or even something servicable like ROCK MONSTER. Otherwise you’re just wasting everyone’s time. And I don’t need to waste anyone’s time explaining the plot of SILENT VENOM, just know that Krista Allen is a scientist genetically engineering some snakes that get loose on a sub during transport. That tidbit completes the Plain Jane stage. There’s no side conflict, no major complications due to the setting and no grinning side kicks to bring some levity. Mark Sanderson’s script really is just a good looking scientist on a submarine that happens to be the location of occasional, and I stress occasional, snake attacks.
For their parts, Perry, Allen and Berenger are good enough, though the latter is barely in the picture. If SILENT VENOM were a concert, Perry and Allen’s boring roles play center stage. Not even on second stage, banished to the parking lot, playing on cobbled together instruments are the serpents. Despite being the motivating factor for everything in the script, the snakes are barely on screen. In SyFy Channel destined flicks it is normal to expect a build to the big reveal of a snake with a hyperthyroid, but SILENT VENOM’s big reveal is a cough and a sneeze more present than all the little deaths at its foundation.
Still, one can’t knock a SILENT VENOM too much. Intentions are innocent enough and viewer expectations are dead-to-rights. I may want to inflate the pitch, to dream a geeky dream of epic writhing battles on a submarine, of Luke Perry using his plataeu of a forehead to head butt a snake that’s just ripped off part of Krista Allen’s shirt while Tom Berenger teaches rough and tumble youth snakes that this cockmamey bullshit don’t fly on his sub watch. I dream, I may hope, but I know what’s what. I couldn’t recommend SILENT VENOM to anyone not prepared to use it as the ruleset for a drinking game. Even then, I’d recommend you be drunk before the game even starts. Luke Perry needs all the help he can get.
My friend, Danielle wrote a review/rant (as she might call it). Here’s an excerpt:
Friday, May 22, 2009
It’s An Homage?…
Today a screener landed on my desk for a movie that, while once called Recoil, has been aptly re-titled, Silent Venom. From the DVD cover (yes, it– of course– went straight to DVD), it appears to be Snakes on a Plane but set on some sort of secret Army island (ala Lost). The plot centers on a rebel Army captain who has put in for his retirement but is given one last gig before his send-off; he must lead a team to this island, where the reptiles are growing at alarming (and violent!) rates, to “rescue” the two scientists stuck there. The “mother” ran off somewhere on the island and is nowhere to be found (and God– well, and the audience from the first ten– only knows how big she has gotten!), and researchers are disappearing. Apparently the Chinese may have dumped some chemicals in the water around the island, creating these angry mutants, and though scientists have sent up a rinky-dink Dharma Initiative camp to study them…they don’t seem to have gotten anywhere.
Read more: http://danielletbd.blogspot.com/search?q=silent+venom