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Film Influences
Director Ruben Fleischer and his team have referenced the films of horror directors John Carpenter and David Cronenberg as influences on Venom, as well as horror comedies like An American Werewolf in London and Ghostbusters

Tom Hardy, for his part, has said Ren and Stimpy came to mind when thinking about his dual role as Eddie Brock and Venom. "I always saw Venom as a lounge lizard, and Eddie Brock as an everyday kind of guy who's inherited this massive ego beast."

Hardy also cited James Brown ("the voice"), Woody Allen ("the tortured neurosis and all the humor that can come from that"), MMA fighter Conor McGregor ("the taste and capability for uber-violence"), and rapper Redman ("out of control, living rent-free in his head") as influences on his performance.