Criticism of the film Venus (2022) by Jaume Balagueró

Review of Venus, a horror film directed by Jaume Balagueró with Ester Expósito as the protagonist. The proposal opened the opening session of the last edition of the Sitges Film Festival, dividing critics with their opinions. Based on a short story by HP Lovecraft, titled Dreams of the Witch’s House, it opens in theaters on December 2, 2022.


Lucy (ester foundling) is gogó a nightclub from which she flees in terror after stealing an important cache of ecstasy, which is why her bosses, members of a drug gang, will try to find her and make her pay for their actions. Looking for refuge, she will arrive at the abandoned building where her sister lives, Dew (Angela Cremonte), And your daughter, Sunrise (Ines Fernandez).

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Criticism of the film Venus (2022) by Jaume Balagueró

We are facing an excessively ambitious proposal that has no idea what it wants to tell us. Without a doubt, we start this review of the movie Venus (2022) – without spoilers – with a headline that may sound strong, and of which we will give due explanations below, but that perfectly summarizes the problem of the proposal of Jaume Balagueró. In addition, the filmmaker makes numerous mistakes more typical of inexperience than of a guy already seasoned on filming.

The film that now reaches theaters opened the last edition of the Sitges Festivaland is the second film produced under the seal of The Fear Collection by Álex de la Iglesia and Carolina Bang after venicephrenia. If the shot in Venice had more faults than hits, something similar happens in the one we are analyzing now. We do not know the original reasons for shooting such erratic films, but both proposals have been a real disappointment among lovers of fantasy and horror in this year 20222.

Shooting of the movie Venus (2022)
Shooting of the movie Venus (2022)

What is the movie Venus about

The movie venus introduces us to Lucy (ester foundling), a disco go-go girl who decides to steal a cache of pills from the nightclub where she works. In the escape she is badly injured and she will seek refuge in the Venus building, where his sister and niece reside. During his stay in the house she will not stop having strange dreams that he confuses with reality; disturbing element that her sister also suffers and for which she will decide to disappear leaving her in charge of the little girl. Meanwhile, Lucía will try to hide from the nightclub thugs who intend to hunt her down and thus recover the drug.

You don’t know what you want to be

The proposal suffers from basic record problems that seem incredible in the hands of an experienced filmmaker like balagueró. But he also has serious problems finding the tone of the story that has a hard time getting rid of the neighborhood thriller with which it starts, detracting from the supernatural tone that he intends to achieve once it is finished. Lucy enter in the Venus Building. And it is that as we announced the movie Venus (2022) He doesn’t know what he wants to be, whether it’s a neighborhood movie, a thriller with supernatural elements, a family drama, or if it really wants to make us enjoy a disturbing horror movie.

Another of the weaknesses is that the viewer accustomed to genre cinema will not take long to know the origin of the mystery that he tries to keep Venus until its supposedly revealing final section, in which gore and action are completely unleashed. By now we will know what horrors are hidden in that uninhabited building and what is the origin of our protagonist’s lucid dreams. The climax of the film is lackluster to the max.

Ester Exposito in the movie Venus

ester foundling She is undoubtedly the great protagonist of the film, supporting practically all the weight of the plot. Something that the Spanish actress with the most followers on Instagram defends with all her energy, but which at times, due in large part to a script that she falters on numerous occasions, is quite expensive. Undoubtedly, more than the quality of her interpretation, what the presence of the actress does mean is an extraordinary publicity claim to sell the film with a view to its theatrical release.

Here ester foundling plays Lucy, “the one who brings the light of day”, a tough aunt who knows the virtues of her physique to earn a living. She hasn’t had a relationship with her family for years and she is more than used to “getting chestnuts out of the fire” by herself. In a curious mix between tomb Raider Y kill bill, ester foundlingunder the latent direction of balagueróis proclaimed as the maximum exponent of female empowerment of the tape.

Among the cast, especially the male one from the discotheque mafias, we will find very overacted interpretations that are too ostentatious even for some “half-pearl” neighborhood narcos.

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Final opinion of the film Venus (2022) by Jaume Balagueró

The movie Venus (2022) gets entangled in his plot of neighborhood drug traffickers and leaves the true interest of the story for the last throes of his footage, an explosion of the supernatural in the mysterious Venus Building with a female heroine as the lead. A proposal that could have become a powerful story of an independent woman who stands up to everyone, without exception, to protect her interests. However, after a start that could be promising, it becomes somewhat tedious, making it difficult for him to find the right rhythm and tones.

Premiere and technical sheet

Original title: Venus
Gender: Thriller, Horror
Official site: Venus
Country: Spain
Language: Spanish
Release date: December 2, 2022 in theaters
Producer: Pokeepsie Films, The Fear Collection
Distributor: sony pictures
Duration: 100 min.
Year: 2022
Age rating: Not recommended for children under 16 years of age

Artistic sheet

Direction: Jaume Balagueró
Script: FFernando Navarro, Jaume Balagueró. History: HP Lovecraft
Music: Vanessa Garde
Photography: Paul Rosso
Distribution: Esther Exposito, Angela Cremonte, Magüi Look, Fernando Valdivieso, Frederick Aguado, Ines Fernandez


Poster for the movie Venus (2022) by Jaume Balagueró
Poster for the movie Venus (2022) by Jaume Balagueró



The movie Venus is one of those proposals that will be enjoyed more in a horror film festival session, the kind in which shouting and loud comments are allowed.


The energy used by Ester Expósito to make us see the transforming arc of her character.

His supernatural final stretch.


He doesn’t know how to get rid of his neighborhood narcothriller tone in time.

We will soon find out the origin of the curse of that building.

Criticism of the film Venus (2022) by Jaume Balagueró