The Serpent and the Rainbow R

Don't bury me... I'm not dead!
The Serpent and the Rainbow
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: September 23, 2003
  • Originally Released: 1987
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Surround - English
    • Dolby Surround - French
    • Dolby Surround - Spanish
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Access
    • Interactive Menus

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 33


User Ratings: 15,377
Rating: 2/4 -- Better (certainly classier) than most films directed by the late Wes Craven, this zombie flick still registers as an also-ran in the horror sweepstakes. Full Review
Creative Loafing
Feb 27, 2016
...Ambitious, entertaining....A highly visual and skillful blending of supernatural and political terror, high adventure and anthropology...
Los Angeles Times
Feb 5, 1988
Take a powerful, revealing nonfiction book, sift through it for its most cliche'd elements and turn it into a terror film and you've got The Serpent and the Rainbow. Full Review
Washington Post
Jan 1, 2000
A mix of horror and psychological thriller, we become enmeshed in Pullman's struggle, and as things get worse for him, the audience stays invested and hopeful he will overcome the horrors surrounding him. Full Review
Cinema Siren
Aug 2, 2019
Unfortunately, the political parallel between the ideological repression of Baby Doc's regime and the stultifying effects of the zombifying fluid is only sketchily developed, leaving us with a series of striking but isolated set pieces. Full Review
Time Out
Feb 9, 2006
Rating: B -- A solid supernatural voodoo chiller that finely mixes fantasy with real terror to provide the required horror pic scares. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Feb 28, 2015
Mixing religious beliefs with real life zombies is a mixture that could have turned hokey real quick. And adding the political strife into the plot made the story somehow relatable or at least identifiable. Full Review
Film Inquiry
Mar 11, 2018

Product Description:

The real-life story of a Harvard anthropologist who takes an assignment from a rich pharmaceutical firm to investigate a "miracle" drug found in a well-established religion in Haiti, "voodoo." He soon finds the local fascist police force has taken as much interest in his findings as has the drug firm. From the book by Wade Davis.

Plot Synopsis:

Dennis Alan heads to Haiti in hopes of obtaining a mysterious potion that represses the nervous and respiratory systems without causing death; this draught would also scientifically explain the myth of the zombie. Once on Caribbean soil, however, Alan encounters powerful cults, government corruption and a poverty-stricken populace ready to revolt -- and he finds himself deeply seduced by voodoo, though his sense of logic cannot comprehend its mystical nature. But more earthly dangers lurk in the form of an evil magistrate and the local police, who do not hesitate to torture Alan when he defies their leader. In the end, Alan emerges from the experience radically changed, with the realization that Western notions of science cannot explain the many things he's witnessed in this world.


Production Notes:

  • The screenplay was inspired by the Wade Davis' 1985 book.

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