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The Serpent and the Rainbow-Voodoo (1988)

The Serpent and the Rainbow-Voodoo (1988)

by 01/09/2015
"The Serpent And The Rainbow" focuses on the adventure of a anthrwpologoy who goes to Haiti in order to find a mysterious powder that turns people into zombies and to deliver it to a large pharmaceutical company. The mission will meet many and great dangers.

Wes Craven


Doug Claybourne, David Ladd


Richard Maxwell, Adam Rodman


Wade Davis


Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson, Zakes Mokae, Paul Winfield


Brad Fiedel

Εταιρείες Παραγωγής

Universal Pictures


1 Hour and 38 Minutes (98 Minutes)






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



Box Office

$19.595.031 (ΗΠΑ)




From the successful but less mainstream jobs of Wes Craven (at least compared with the "Scream" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street") is "The Serpent and the Rainbow" which differs markedly from the other feature film director. And what of the film would tell me no different, although the themes in this work far too unusual for several friends of horror scene. Horror we said? Rather to adventure moves with little from terror and plenty of mysticism.

The Voodoo religion and particularly prevalent in Haiti tradition of zombies dominate the scenario, certainly a topic foreign to the average person in the Western world. Protagonist is an anthropologist (Bill Pullman) who is sent from a large pharmaceutical company in the mysterious Haiti to find a notorious dust that turns humans into zombies. Its purpose to bring it back to be used in the science of improving methods of anesthesia in surgery.

In Haiti, our hero meets persons with different moods. Others help him, others dislike him and wish to hurt him, others are trying to catch him a sucker and generally the scientist is immersed in an adventure by unforeseen developments, highly dangerous for him. Especially the formidable and unforgiving Police Chief who seems to have monopolized the power of magikothriskeytikwn traditions emerges as number one enemy of anthrwpologoy.

Horror Trivia

The film is based on the book by Wade Davis botanist who wrote about his experience of Haiti. The main character was the publication of Clairvius Narcisse, a native who supposedly died in 1962 and returned as zombies in 1980 through a combination of drugs.

serpent and the rainbow"The Serpent And The Rainbow" shocker with the macabre nature of early on when we see a young Haitian desperately shouting the name of her husband who is buried in a coffin mounted. At the same time a very detailed plan in the face of the corpse in the coffin leaves look a tear and while wondering psarwnoyme there somewhere … EH SI what happens here? Bash and is alive? The answer lies in two words: Voodoo and zombies. In the film we are watching a conflict between the scientific logic and occult art or otherwise between Western rationalism and folk superstition of traditional societies like those in Haiti where the Voodoo has a large boom. The film features a narrative character which lends charm.

Accompanied by dynamic tribal music (sometimes by taksidiarika dance) that strengthens the suspense while also paired beautifully with the beauty of the breathtaking nature footage of Haiti. Interpretive actors fare well with the Pullman who emerges in wily ' witness ' risking even his own life in the name of science but also of unexpected erotic of indalmatwn. Of course from one point and after, we feel a certain weariness and slightly annoyed by the occasional bangs that will hardly exeleipan by the difficult issue with which grappled the Craven. But the sense of satisfaction he manages to outshine their flaws and rough stuff. If anything easily recognize that witnessed a different film not rehashing chiliopaigmenes recipes, but has its own identity.

Without being the best directorial job Craven's "The Serpent And The Rainbow" stands a decent to the long list of important Filmography of the American Cinematographer.

The Serpent and the Rainbow

Movie Review Highlights
  • The chilling protagonist's fall into a pit full of nekrozwntanoys.
  • The shocking scene of a woman trying to assassinate the hero during the meal.
  • The scene where the protagonist is buried alive in a State of ' zombies ' watching all the horrible happening over it without any possibility of reaction. This is the most powerful and anguished movie scene.


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Original case, the dynamic presence of Bill Pullman who pulls up on the backs of nearly the whole movie, the lovely tribal music, some very shocking scenes with macabre character, amazing footage of Haiti's natural environment.


The sense of fatigue by one point and then, some non-convincing scenes metaphysical character to the finale that today seem naive.

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Excellent work from great Wes Craven with original theme and wonderful actor.

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