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** In regards to TheStinger: if you pay close attention to the "Freeze Frame" intro, you can see a few seconds of footage being used, [[spoiler:even though the Bullseye film director threatened Eddie's crew against using that footage]].



*** There's also the dialogue that alludes to the reason ''why'' he lost his job, [[spoiler:with Eddie remarking that getting fired cause him to "eat [his] sins, pun intended", and the director mentioning to Eddie that they had yet to cover "the Emil Gregg case"]].



** Eddie is seen talking to himself shirtless in the bathroom about whether or not to trust the documentary crew. The second he realizes he's being watched and eavesdropped on, he closes the door then bursts through it again a second later, fully dressed in a suit, tie and pants.

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** Eddie is seen talking to himself shirtless in the bathroom about whether or not to trust the documentary crew. The second he realizes he's being watched and eavesdropped on, he closes the door then bursts through it again a second later, fully dressed in a suit, tie and pants. [[AmbiguousSituation There is no noticeable jump cut.]]



* HereWeGoAgain: The ending shows [[spoiler:a different documentary crew attempting the same basic idea with Bullseye. Albeit outright recording a SnuffFilm.]]

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* HereWeGoAgain: The ending shows ([[AnachronicOrder set earlier in the production]]) [[spoiler:a different documentary crew attempting the same basic idea with Bullseye. Albeit Bullseye, albeit outright recording a SnuffFilm.]]


The film can be watched in its entirety on [[https://vimeo.com/79697570 Vimeo]].

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The film can be watched in its entirety on [[https://vimeo.com/79697570 Vimeo]].
Vimeo]] and on [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YDYL6oECjU Youtube]].


* PsychoticSmirk: Eddie flashes a few of them, most noticeably after [[Spoiler:Venom has murdered the film crew, and he picks up the camera upside town, saying something the sound can't pick up into the camera.]]

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* PsychoticSmirk: Eddie flashes a few of them, most noticeably after [[Spoiler:Venom [[spoiler:Venom has murdered the film crew, and he picks up the camera upside town, saying something the sound can't pick up into the camera.]]]]

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* PsychoticSmirk: Eddie flashes a few of them, most noticeably after [[Spoiler:Venom has murdered the film crew, and he picks up the camera upside town, saying something the sound can't pick up into the camera.]]


** After chasing the muggers who fatally stabbed their victim, Eddie casually gestures backwards when asked if he managed to catch them. The muggers are seen hanging upside down, likely dead, high up on the stairs of an apartment. When the director asks how he did it, Eddie redirects their attention off the topic and back to the dying mugging victim.

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** After returning from chasing the muggers who fatally stabbed their victim, Eddie casually gestures backwards when asked if he managed to catch them. The muggers are seen hanging upside down, likely dead, high up on the stairs of an apartment. When the director asks how he did it, Eddie redirects their attention off the topic and back to the dying mugging victim.


* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Eddie seems to think jokes about eating corpses and murdering people are hilarious.

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* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Eddie seems to think jokes about eating corpses and murdering people are hilarious. Of course he probably isn't even joking.


* AdaptationDistillation: This version of [[spoiler:ComicBook/{{Venom}} is a fusion of his [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness earliest appearances]] (a ruthless murderer who doesn't particularly care about hurting innocents or letting them be hurt), with some elements of his later characterizations (a "Lethal Protector" who punishes crime in the most violent manners possible).]]

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* AdaptationDistillation: This version of [[spoiler:ComicBook/{{Venom}} is a fusion of his [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness earliest appearances]] (a ruthless ruthless, sleazy murderer who doesn't particularly care about hurting innocents or letting them be hurt), with some elements of his later characterizations (a "Lethal Protector" who punishes crime in the most violent manners possible).]]

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** [[spoiler:The lack of a ChestInsignia on Venom resembles his appearance in ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'' and the later released ''Film/Venom2018''. Although, this can also just be explained in that Venom doesn't have the symbol ''yet''.]]


''Truth in Journalism'' is a 2013 short film by director Joe Lynch and producer Adi Shankar, starring Creator/RyanKwanten as a well-known and rather [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} quirky]] (some would say [[AxCrazy troubled]]) journalist named Eddie. Eddie is the subject of an amateur documentary by a group of young filmmakers who want to get his perspective on his controversial career. So begins a series of interviews that become more twisted and strange with each day. And as the film crew quickly discover, [[Understatement Eddie's not the type to take constructive criticism...]]

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''Truth in Journalism'' is a 2013 short film by director Joe Lynch and producer Adi Shankar, starring Creator/RyanKwanten as a well-known and rather [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} quirky]] (some would say [[AxCrazy troubled]]) journalist named Eddie. Eddie is the subject of an amateur documentary by a group of young filmmakers who want to get his perspective on his controversial career. So begins a series of interviews that become more twisted and strange with each day. And as the film crew quickly discover, [[Understatement Eddie's not the type to take constructive criticism...]]
criticism...


''Truth in Journalism'' is a 2013 short film by director Joe Lynch and producer Adi Shankar, starring Creator/RyanKwanten as a well-known and rather [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} quirky]] (some would say [[AxCrazy troubled]]) journalist named Eddie. Eddie is the subject of an amateur documentary by a group of young filmmakers who want to get his perspective on his controversial career. So begins a series of interviews that become more twisted and strange with each day. And as the film crew quickly discover, Eddie's not the type to take constructive criticism...

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''Truth in Journalism'' is a 2013 short film by director Joe Lynch and producer Adi Shankar, starring Creator/RyanKwanten as a well-known and rather [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} quirky]] (some would say [[AxCrazy troubled]]) journalist named Eddie. Eddie is the subject of an amateur documentary by a group of young filmmakers who want to get his perspective on his controversial career. So begins a series of interviews that become more twisted and strange with each day. And as the film crew quickly discover, [[Understatement Eddie's not the type to take constructive criticism...
criticism...]]

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** [[spoiler:The sound guy, in a panic, tries using his boom mic like a staff to fight off Venom. Needless to say, it doesn’t work.]]
** In TheStinger, [[spoiler:Bullseye]], in typical [[spoiler:Bullseye]] fashion, uses Eddie’s pen as a lethal projectile weapon.

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** [[spoiler:The sound guy, in a panic, tries using his boom mic like a staff to fight off Venom. Needless to say, it doesn’t doesn't work.]]
** In TheStinger, [[spoiler:Bullseye]], in typical [[spoiler:Bullseye]] fashion, uses Eddie’s Eddie's pen as a lethal projectile weapon.



* {{Jerkass}}: Eddie’s a bit of a dick. [[spoiler:And a murderer.]]
* LargeHam: The guy [[spoiler:who’s filming Bullseye]]. He appears for under a minute, [[ChewingTheScenery but he makes the most of it]].

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* {{Jerkass}}: Eddie’s Eddie's a bit of a dick. [[spoiler:And a murderer.]]
* LargeHam: The guy [[spoiler:who’s [[spoiler:who's filming Bullseye]]. He appears for under a minute, [[ChewingTheScenery but he makes the most of it]].



* MoodWhiplash: The first half is largely spent on Eddie’s weird antics and opinions, and it seems the whole film will be pretty lighthearted. Then [[KickTheDog Eddie lets a man die for the sake of a story and forces the crew to film the corpse]]. Later, [[spoiler:Venom horrifically murdering the film crew is immediately followed by [[TheStinger a hilarious stinger]].]]

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* MoodWhiplash: The first half is largely spent on Eddie’s Eddie's weird antics and opinions, and it seems the whole film will be pretty lighthearted. Then [[KickTheDog Eddie lets a man die for the sake of a story and forces the crew to film the corpse]]. Later, [[spoiler:Venom horrifically murdering the film crew is immediately followed by [[TheStinger a hilarious stinger]].]]



** Eddie's BavarianFireDrill doesn’t actually work that well, as a real forensics detective shows up and exposes him as a fake.
** The sound guy notes towards the end that most, if not all, of the footage they’ve taken is unusable since Eddie commits some pretty flagrant crimes in it, making the crew accomplices.
** Because of the [[NoBudget lack of budget]], the production quickly runs out of film. Eddie offers to buy more, but since the crew has become distrustful of him, they want to back out altogether.

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** Eddie's BavarianFireDrill doesn’t doesn't actually work that well, as a real forensics detective shows up and exposes him as a fake.
** The sound guy notes towards the end that most, if not all, of the footage they’ve they've taken is unusable since Eddie commits some pretty flagrant crimes in it, making the crew accomplices.
** Because of the [[NoBudget lack of budget]], budget, the production quickly runs out of film. Eddie offers to buy more, but since the crew has become distrustful of him, they want to back out altogether.



* RoomFullOfCrazy: Eddie's bedroom is a complete mess. [[spoiler:Which is to say, it’s covered almost entirely with newspaper articles about Spider-Man.]]

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* RoomFullOfCrazy: Eddie's bedroom is a complete mess. [[spoiler:Which is to say, it’s it's covered almost entirely with newspaper articles about Spider-Man.]]



* SelfServingMemory: Eddie describes the event that got him fired from the [[spoiler:Daily Globe]] as merely him being wrong about one story. That’s a pretty generous way to describe, [[spoiler:pegging the wrong suspect in a major serial killer case, potentially getting innocent people killed and irreparably tarring the Globe’s reputation.]]

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* SelfServingMemory: Eddie describes the event that got him fired from the [[spoiler:Daily Globe]] as merely him being wrong about one story. That’s That's a pretty generous way to describe, [[spoiler:pegging the wrong suspect in a major serial killer case, potentially getting innocent people killed and irreparably tarring the Globe’s Globe's reputation.]]

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''Truth in Journalism'' is a 2013 short film by director Joe Lynch and producer Adi Shankar, starring Creator/RyanKwanten as a well-known and rather [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} quirky]] (some would say [[AxCrazy troubled]]) journalist named Eddie. Eddie is the subject of an amateur documentary by a group of young filmmakers who want to get his perspective on his controversial career. So begins a series of interviews that become more twisted and strange with each day. And as the film crew quickly discover, Eddie's not the type to take constructive criticism...

The film can be watched in its entirety on [[https://vimeo.com/79697570 Vimeo]].

!!''Truth in Journalism'' provides examples of:

* TheEighties: The dialogue and music indicates that the film takes place in the '80s, or at least [[spoiler:the [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse Marvel Universe's]]]] equivalent to that period.
* AdaptationDistillation: This version of [[spoiler:ComicBook/{{Venom}} is a fusion of his [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness earliest appearances]] (a ruthless murderer who doesn't particularly care about hurting innocents or letting them be hurt), with some elements of his later characterizations (a "Lethal Protector" who punishes crime in the most violent manners possible).]]
* AffablyEvil:
** Eddie's a pretty callous guy, but he's also quite friendly and almost childlike in a way. [[spoiler:Turns into FauxAffablyEvil the second he's pissed off, though.]]
** [[spoiler:Bullseye]] also comes off as a pretty polite guy, if you can get past the whole "psychotic assassin" thing. Eddie and him even have a moment where the assassin kindly asks to borrow the reporter's pen. Eddie, knowing who he is, helps out his fellow [[spoiler:supervillain]] by [[BlackComedy clicking the pen for him first]] after glancing between [[spoiler:Bullseye]] and his next victim.
* AnachronicOrder: [[spoiler:The stinger with Eddie and his film crew running across Bullseye and ''his'' film crew takes place earlier in the shoot, as evidenced by the fact that [[EarlyBirdCameo frames of this scene appear in the montage at the start of the film]].]]
* AttentionWhore: Eddie. The entire documentary is an attempt to get recognition for himself and improve his reputation.
* AxCrazy: Eddie [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial definitely isn't this]]. [[BlatantLies He's totally sane and reasonable]]! Unless you anger him in even the slightest manner...
* BavarianFireDrill: Eddie uses this to get into crime scenes, flashing a toy badge quickly and insisting he's with the forensics department. [[RealityEnsues It's not super effective]]; the actual forensics detective shows up while he's working and he's forced to flee before a confrontation can ensue, knowing his badge trick won't hold up under scrutiny.
* BerserkButton: Eddie really doesn't like it when people try to talk about him losing his job. [[spoiler:He reacts even worse to the film crew trying to cut ties with him.]]
* BlackComedy: Quite a bit, mainly because Eddie has such bizarre, muted reactions to everything happening. But nothing tops [[spoiler:Venom and his crew accidentally interrupting a triple homicide being carried out by Bullseye... and promptly being chewed out by ''another'' film crew for messing up their documentary.]]
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler:Eddie's transformation involves him ''vomiting up the symbiote'' before it completely engulfs him.]]
* BrooklynRage: Eddie talks with this accent. It's not extreme, but the twang is definitely there.
* ButtMonkey: The sound guy gets the most mockery from Eddie, ends up vomiting his guts out during the mugging, and finally [[spoiler:dies in a particularly brutal manner at Venom's hands]].
* TheCameo:
** [[spoiler:Franchise/SpiderMan is pictured in some photos in Eddie's [[RoomFullOfCrazy room]].]]
** [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} Bullseye]] appears in TheStinger, [[HereWeGoAgain having his exploits filmed by a different crew]].]]
* CameraAbuse: The camera gets dropped on the ground ''hard'' when [[spoiler:Venom kills the cameraman.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Eddie's a little strange. He rambles easily, has some pretty out-there opinions, and seems to have trouble socializing with people.
* CombatTentacles: [[spoiler:Venom busts some out while killing the crew.]]
* ConfrontingYourImposter: Eddie [[ImpersonatingAnOfficer impersonates a forensics detective]] to get in a crime scene, only for the real detective to show up, forcing him and the crew to book it.
* ContinuityNod:
** A lot, and they actually serve a purpose; they help the viewer figure out where in the series chronology the film takes place. [[spoiler:It's set eight months after Spider-Man ditches the black suit and Eddie Brock becomes Venom. It also happens at the same time as the storyline where he breaks into Spider-Man's house and threatens Mary Jane. Eddie alludes to his firing from the Daily Bugle as happening fairly recently, and partway in he temporarily leaves to pay Mary Jane his visit.]]
** [[spoiler:Bullseye]] is shown using a pair of sais, implied to be the same ones he stole from [[spoiler:ComicBook/{{Elektra}} and used to murder her.]]
** The director tries to bring up the case that got Eddie fired from his old job, which [[spoiler:Marvel Comics fans may recognize as Sin-Eater's killing spree and Eddie's bungled attempt to catch him.]] Eddie also at one point describes his penance for the botched story as "[[spoiler:eating my sins]]", acknowledging the pun.
** A [[spoiler:Daily Bugle]] paper seen has a front page article about [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk the government performing gamma bomb tests in the Nevada Desert]]...]]
* CreatorCameo: [[spoiler:Adi Shankar plays the director of the Bullseye shoot.]]
* CrypticBackgroundReference: Many to Eddie's career as a journalist. [[spoiler:They're actually not that cryptic if you're a ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' fan.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of [[PerspectiveFlip Perspective Flips]] and [[VillainEpisode Villain Episodes]] that make the villain more sympathetic. Getting [[spoiler:Venom's]] side of the story just makes him come off as even crazier and rather pathetic. He also arranges the whole filming expressly to try and make himself look better.
* DelusionsOfEloquence: Eddie is quite prone to going on self-important monologues about himself that just ''scream'' "I'm nowhere near as erudite as I'm pretending to be."
* DramaticIrony: When Eddie announces that he has to see a lady friend of his, the film crew start congratulating him, thinking he's got a date. He gently says that she's just a friend of a "colleague". [[spoiler:Given the timeframe the movie takes place in, the audience knows he's not seeing a friend ''or'' going on a date; he's going to break into Spider-Man's home to threaten Mary Jane for being associated with Peter.]]
* DrugsAreBad: Eddie and the crew spy two junkies shooting up outside Eddie's apartment, causing him to remark on how bad drugs are for you. The way he phrases it makes it almost come off like a ''threat''. Later on it is implied that [[spoiler:Venom]] paid them a visit, killing one of them and leaving the other traumatized.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: A very creepy version; Eddie quickly starts acting like a total {{Yandere}} towards the film crew, insisting they're his friends and [[spoiler:getting genuinely upset when they cut ties with him.]] He also [[spoiler:[[IfICantHaveYou murders them to keep them from leaving him]].]]
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Eddie seems to think jokes about eating corpses and murdering people are hilarious.
* EvilIsPetty: It's hard to get more petty than [[spoiler:savagely murdering three people because they won't film a movie about you.]]
* FanFilm: Though you don't find out just who it's about until the end. [[spoiler:It's ComicBook/{{Venom}}.]]
* FoeRomanceSubtext: [[spoiler:Eddie's RoomFullOfCrazy feels a bit like a StalkerShrine for Spider-Man...]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Eddie outright mentions how he's now spewing "bile and venom" at the Examiner. [[spoiler:A similar statement is why he choose the name "Venom" in his comic origin.]]
** Eddie talks about his backstory, involving him losing his job at a major newspaper and nearly committing suicide, only to experience an incredible event in a church that gave him a new view on life. [[spoiler:Any ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' fan will recognize that as Venom's origin story.]]
** Eddie noticeably tenses up when the director says the word [[spoiler:spider]]...
** Eddie is scornful of vigilantes. [[spoiler:Because he's the {{Archenemy}} of one, namely Spider-Man.]]
** Eddie is seen talking to himself shirtless in the bathroom about whether or not to trust the documentary crew. The second he realizes he's being watched and eavesdropped on, he closes the door then bursts through it again a second later, fully dressed in a suit, tie and pants.
** After chasing the muggers who fatally stabbed their victim, Eddie casually gestures backwards when asked if he managed to catch them. The muggers are seen hanging upside down, likely dead, high up on the stairs of an apartment. When the director asks how he did it, Eddie redirects their attention off the topic and back to the dying mugging victim.
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** During the mugging scene, Eddie uses newspapers to cover up the victim's body. Pause and you'll see said papers are from [[spoiler:the Daily Bugle]]. The front page article is about a [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk nuclear test in the Nevada desert]].
** Just before everything goes to hell in the climax, [[spoiler:we're given a ''very'' brief glimpse of a bunch of newspaper articles about Spider-Man.]]
* TheGhost:
** [[spoiler:Franchise/SpiderMan is obliquely talked about and appears in some photos in Eddie's RoomFullOfCrazy, but that's it. He never directly appears and Eddie gets decidedly uncomfortable when the director tries to bring the subject up.]]
** [[spoiler:Emil Gregg, the man Eddie falsely accused of being the Sin-Eater,]] is mentioned by name, but never appears.
* HereWeGoAgain: The ending shows [[spoiler:a different documentary crew attempting the same basic idea with Bullseye. Albeit outright recording a SnuffFilm.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: Eddie is very dismissive of vigilantes, despite being one himself by most definitions. He is, after all, [[spoiler:a [[ComicBook/{{Venom}} lethal protector]]...]]
* ImAHumanitarian: Eddie sees a body at a crime scene and jokingly insinuates this by saying "Delicious". [[spoiler:He probably wasn't really joking, given [[ComicBook/{{Venom}} who he is]] and the fact that he actually does eat the film crew's brains at the end. It may well have even been Venom speaking for him, using Eddie's voice.]]
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Eddie does this to get into crime scenes he's interested in.
* ImprovisedWeapon:
** [[spoiler:The sound guy, in a panic, tries using his boom mic like a staff to fight off Venom. Needless to say, it doesn’t work.]]
** In TheStinger, [[spoiler:Bullseye]], in typical [[spoiler:Bullseye]] fashion, uses Eddie’s pen as a lethal projectile weapon.
* IntrepidReporter: Eddie sees himself as this. In truth? Not so much.
* {{Jerkass}}: Eddie’s a bit of a dick. [[spoiler:And a murderer.]]
* LargeHam: The guy [[spoiler:who’s filming Bullseye]]. He appears for under a minute, [[ChewingTheScenery but he makes the most of it]].
* LooseCanon: The story could be easily slotted into any version of [[spoiler:the Franchise/MarvelUniverse]].
* KickTheDog: Eddie and the crew stumble upon a mugging and Eddie does absolutely nothing to prevent the poor victim from being fatally stabbed. He then cracks jokes as the guy bleeds to death and makes the crew film the corpse.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:Venom slaughters the entire film crew.]]
* {{Mockumentary}}: A variation: in-universe, Eddie orchestrated the shoot as a means of bolstering up his reputation in light of his career woes.
* MoodWhiplash: The first half is largely spent on Eddie’s weird antics and opinions, and it seems the whole film will be pretty lighthearted. Then [[KickTheDog Eddie lets a man die for the sake of a story and forces the crew to film the corpse]]. Later, [[spoiler:Venom horrifically murdering the film crew is immediately followed by [[TheStinger a hilarious stinger]].]]
* MythologyGag:
** Eddie talks about how he was contemplating suicide before a life-changing epiphany he had in church. [[spoiler:As any comic fan can tell you, Venom got his powers in a church while he was considering suicide.]]
** Eddie describes the tabloid he's currently working for as "spewing bile and venom", referencing [[spoiler:the line he introduced himself to Spider-Man with in the comics: "You may call me Venom, for that's what I'm paid to spew out these days!"]]
** The ending heavily implies that [[spoiler:Venom eats the film crew's brains (or at least kills them by attacking their heads), referencing his infamous HorrorHunger for brains in the comics.]]
** Eddie at one point gives an interview while lifting weights, alluding to his body-building hobby in the source material. His apartment is also a near 1:1 recreation of how it looked in [[spoiler:''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'']], down to the frameless mattress and [[spoiler:room covered in Eddie's old news articles and pictures of Spider-Man.]]
** [[spoiler:Bullseye]] wears the black trenchcoat outfit he wore in [[spoiler:the live-action ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' movie]]. He also has a target-shaped scar on his forehead, another reference to that film.
* NoBudget: InUniverse. The documentary is being made on a shoestring budget (implied to be the reason it’s shot on black and white film), and part way in the crew runs out of film stock. Eddie offers to pay for more, but the director refuses on the grounds that this would compromise the integrity of the project. [[spoiler:[[BerserkButton Eddie doesn’t take it well]].]]
* NothingIsScarier: We don’t actually ''see'' how [[spoiler:Venom kills the film crew, as either his body blocks the view or the cameraman understandably doesn’t bother trying to film the deaths.]]
* PsychopathicManChild: Eddie comes off less like a legitimate reporter and more like a kid playing as one. He also takes rejection ''really'' badly...
* RealityEnsues:
** Eddie's BavarianFireDrill doesn’t actually work that well, as a real forensics detective shows up and exposes him as a fake.
** The sound guy notes towards the end that most, if not all, of the footage they’ve taken is unusable since Eddie commits some pretty flagrant crimes in it, making the crew accomplices.
** Because of the [[NoBudget lack of budget]], the production quickly runs out of film. Eddie offers to buy more, but since the crew has become distrustful of him, they want to back out altogether.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:The film is set in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse and Eddie is ComicBook/{{Venom}}.]]
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Eddie's bedroom is a complete mess. [[spoiler:Which is to say, it’s covered almost entirely with newspaper articles about Spider-Man.]]
* SchmuckBait: "You guys wanna see something cool?"
* SelfServingMemory: Eddie describes the event that got him fired from the [[spoiler:Daily Globe]] as merely him being wrong about one story. That’s a pretty generous way to describe, [[spoiler:pegging the wrong suspect in a major serial killer case, potentially getting innocent people killed and irreparably tarring the Globe’s reputation.]]
* SerialKiller: Eddie got fired from his old job after he botched a story about a serial killer. Specifically, [[spoiler:the Sin-Eater.]]
* ShakyCam: Largely averted, since the cameraman is a professional one who knows how to avoid this, but [[JustifiedTrope quite justifiably]] turns up in the climax when [[spoiler:Venom slaughters the crew and the cameraman rightfully freaks out.]]
* ShoutOut:
** Right before [[spoiler:turning into Venom]], Eddie asks the film crew [[Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie if they want to see something cool]].
** The documentary crew meeting another film crew following a murderer is a direct homage to Belgian movie ''Film/ManBitesDog'', where the same thing happens.
* SkewedPriorities: Eddie cares more about getting a scoop than he does about a guy bleeding to death in front of him.
* SocialDarwinist: Eddie expresses this attitude, and it's part of why he dislikes vigilantes and superheroes so much; in his eyes, sometimes you just have to "let the herd get thinned".
* SoundtrackDissonance:
** Creator/GlennFrey's smooth, upbeat "You Belong to the City" playing over [[spoiler:Venom gruesomely murdering the film crew.]] Played with, as while the tune of the song is obviously ill-fitting, the lyrics are quite appropriate to [[spoiler:Venom]] as a character and how he sees himself. He also turns it up loud and closes his window to [[spoiler:drown out their screams.]]
** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh_Yeah_(Yello_song) "Oh Yeah"]], the song best known for appearing in ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'', shows up in TheStinger [[spoiler:as the last musical cue of the film as Eddie and his crew start filming Bullseye's victims]].
* StartOfDarkness: Eddie alludes to his a few times, mentioning how he got fired from his old job after a botched assignment, ended up suicidal, and had an out-of-body experience in a church that changed his view of the world. [[spoiler:Fans of the ''Spider-Man'' comics may notice that's basically Venom's origin...]]
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Apparently [[spoiler:''two'' film crews had the idea of making documentaries about a supervillain...]]
* TabloidMelodrama: After being fired from the prestigious gig he had before, Eddie now works as a writer for a sleazy tabloid and hatefully describes his new job as "spewing bile and venom".
* TooDumbToLive: Against the protests of his team, the director insists on [[spoiler:breaking the news about stopping the film to Eddie personally. No points for guessing [[KillEmAll how that ends]].]]
* TruerToTheText: The film's portrayal of [[spoiler:ComicBook/{{Venom}}]] generally hues closer to the character's original portrayal in [[spoiler:the comics, back when he was a ruthless villain rather than a "lethal protector".]]
* TwiceToldTale:
** The plot twist and the film crew's fate is terrifyingly obvious if you're even a casual fan of [[spoiler:''Franchise/SpiderMan'']]. Contrastly, if you're not familiar with the series and character, [[spoiler:Eddie turning into [[ComicBook/{{Venom}} a pitch-black, brain eating monster]]]] will seem like a total GainaxEnding.
** TheStinger has a lot more impact if you're at all familiar with [[spoiler:ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} and his RoguesGallery]].
* VigilanteMan: Eddie [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] these types at one point. He's pretty dismissive of them, seeing them as not really doing anything to curb crime. He believes the best way to handle it is to simply inform the public properly on how to protect themselves. [[spoiler:Given he's a supervillain, he's a bit biased.]]
* VillainEpisode: The film is essentially [[spoiler:a ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' story from Venom's point of view.]] Pointedly subverts the "make them sympathetic" part.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: The sound guy vomits when the mugging victim bleeds out in front of the group.
* WhamShot: [[spoiler:Eddie's bedroom.]]
* WritingAroundTrademarks: [[spoiler:While Eddie Brock is identified by name, he's never called Venom. Spider-Man and Bullseye are not named period.]]
* {{Yandere}}: Eddie starts getting like this with the film crew, culminating in [[spoiler:murdering them all when they try to shut down filming.]]
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