The Serpent and the Rainbow

The Serpent and the Rainbow

DVD - 2003
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"A Harvard anthropologist is sent to Haiti to retrieve a strange powder that is said to have the power to bring human beings back from the dead. In his quest to find the miracle drug, the cynical scienist enters the rarely seen netherworld of walking zombies, blood rites and ancient curses"--Container.


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Apr 18, 2018

This is an older film but still terrifying about a guy sent to Haiti to learn the secrets of the voodoo drug that turns people into zombies. It turns into a political drama as well when the local mayor is using the drug to intimidate people. Interesting in how they actually make the drug they use--part blowfish, part poisonous toad, plus herbs slow-cooked and smoked over a period of days. If you've ever had nightmares about being buried alive, this movie will be terrifying. There's also a very interesting torture scene in which the protagonist is strapped into a chair, his legs forced apart, and his scrotum is beaten with a hammer. Not so graphic, but the poor guy can't walk right afterward. If you're a male, you may want to skip that scene (about two thirds of the way through).

Apr 29, 2014

Best known for creating "Nightmare on Elm Street" and directing the "Scream" series, this film by Wes Craven slipped through the cracks. It's imperfect, but also one of his most interesting, atypical films. Bill Pullman plays an anthropologist who goes to Haiti in search of the drugs used in Voodoo, but soon finds himself in over his head with local authorities and actual Voodoo. Pullman is a little miscast, but this has a creepy vibe, good use of the Haitian setting and characters and some genuinely unsettling moments. Has some parallels with another headtrip movie, Ken Russell's "Altered States."


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laustcawz Sep 19, 2012

"I want to hear you scream!"

laustcawz Sep 19, 2012

"Don't bury me! I'm not dead!"


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