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The Serpent and the Rainbow

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An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.


  • Bill Pullman
  • Cathy Tyson
  • Zakes Mokae
  • Paul Winfield
  • Brent Jennings
  • Conrad Roberts
  • Badja Djola
  • Theresa Merritt
  • Michael Gough
  • Paul Guilfoyle

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Mingling a frank trashiness with unexpected ambition, Wes Craven's The Serpent and the Rainbow emerges as one of the more commanding horror movies of recent months.

Metacritic review by Dave Kehr
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

The Serpent and the Rainbow does for the old Caribbean zombie movie what Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark did for the serials. It preserves all the spooky fun of a movie like White Zombie while drawing upon all the sophisticated resources of big-budget modern film making: richly photographed authentic locales, wondrous special effects and amazingly acute sound recording...The result is an ambitious, entertaining--though not flawless--feat of the imagination, a highly visual and skillful blending of supernatural and political terror, high adventure and anthropology.

Metacritic review by Kevin Thomas
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

More than a little has been lost in the translation. Screenwriters Richard Maxwell and A.R. Simoun have created a horrific Indiana Jones adventure with Davis being portrayed by Bill Pullman, an actor who does a poor imitation of Michael Douglas doing a poor imitation of Harrison Ford.[6 Feb 1988, p.2D]

Hal Lipper
Tampa Bay Times