Horror Fans Can Catch ‘Venom’ Sequel Two Weeks Early Now

Apparently, Venom (not to mention Carnage) did not want to duke it out with Michael Myers.

Once again, Sony Pictures has played musical chairs with VenomLet There Be Carnage–this time moving the horror sequel up from its previous release date of Oct. 15 to Oct. 1, as reported by Deadline. As fans know, Halloween Kills will land in theaters Oct. 15, so that may have factored in on this latest decision.

It also was suggested that the record-setting success of Marvel’s ShangChi and the Legend of the Ten Rings over the Labor Day weekend may have made the powers-that-be prefer an earlier release date for the Venom follow-up. Whatever the reason, the sequel’s release date appears set. For now.

For the record, the sequel originally was slated to hit theaters Oct. 2, 2020, but was pushed back to June 25 of this year due to the pandemic. The film was bumped again to Sept. 17 and then to Oct. 15. No way to treat a murderous symbiote.

The Venom sequel, as explained, now will screen in 3D, PLF and IMAX theaters, with tickets going on sale this Wednesday.

The PG-13-rated VenomLet There Be Carnage–directed by Andy Serkis from a screenplay by Kelly Marcel–follows journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) and his symbiote Venom as they struggle to get along with each other.

To that end, Brock tries to restart his career by interviewing jailed serial killer Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson), who attacks Brock and chomps down on his hand. What Kasady tastes, as he puts it, is something other than blood. This exchange leaves the killer as the host for another symbiote, Carnage, and that’s when things really go south.

The film also stars Michelle Williams as Brock’s ex-fiancée Anne Weying, Naomie Harris as Frances Barrison (and Shriek), Reid Scott as Dan Lewis and Stephen Graham as Det. Mulligan.

The Marvel Comics Venom character was introduced as a living alien costume in The Amazing SpiderMan No252 (1984), and had its first full appearance in issue No. 300 (1988) of the same comic book.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any further updates–or release date changes–on VenomLet There Be Carnage.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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