Horror maven Wes Craven attempted a slight change of pace from his usual slasher movie milieu with this chiller loosely based on a true story. Bill Pullman stars as Dennis Alan, a Harvard researcher sent to Haiti by a pharmaceutical company to investigate the zombie legend and any possible connection it might have to a rumored drug that could be used as a new breed of powerful anaesthetic. Once on the Caribbean isle, Alan is aided by a good voodoo priest or "houngan" (Paul Winfield) and his daughter (Cathy Tyson), who runs a local clinic. Alan's search also pits him against an evil houngan, Dargent Peytraud (Zakes Mokae). Peytraud also controls the Tonton Macoute (the Haitian secret police), who are involved with soon-to-be-deposed dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier. The Serpent and the Rainbow was based on the book of the same name by Wade Davis, an ethnobotanist whose real-life hunt for the zombie drug was credited with cracking the medical mystery behind the myth.
This movie is based on the novel ''The Serpent And The Rainbow'' by Wade Davis, which is based on a true story. This movie however exaggerates the events that happened in real life.
It is about a man named Dennis Alan who is doing research in Haiti. He learns about a powder called the ''zombie powder''. It is called that because of the zombie-like effect it has on the body when it is blown in a person's face. Throughout the movie, he is being tormented by a Haitian man named Peytraud. Peytraud uses Voodoo magic to give Dennis terrifying nightmares, because he wants Dennis to leave the country. He even warns Dennis in person at one point to leave the country and stop butting in to their business. Dennis ends up falling in love with a woman in that country named Marielle. At one point, Dennis steals the powder, and goes back to America. During dinner with his employer, Peytraud uses Voodoo magic to possess the wife of Dennis's employer. She grabs a knife and tries to kill him, saying to him in Peytraud's voice ''You're going to die''. She then slashes him in the face. Dennis is freaked out and flies back to Haiti to try to stop Peytraud.
I like this movie a lot. I like the style and I find it is cool and well made.
Wes Craven tries his hand at supernatural horror once more. The end result is more Nightmare on Elm Street than Shocker. It’s not as good as Nightmare... mind you, but it does have quite an original concept that is executed well. The picture and audio from the blu-ray is very pleasing. I thought grain was lacking a tiny bit but detail was still pretty decent. Overall, I’d recommend it for horror fans.
A most have for any Wes Craven fan !! super scary !!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Creepy, Scary, Wonderul Horror Film
What can I say about the work of one of my favorite directors that hasn't already been said? Wes Craven was one of the genre greats and he left us all too soon. This is easily one of the most effective films in his canon. Creepy, disturbing, terrifying, and not for the faint of heart. See it...but maybe leave the lights on? The Blu looks pretty good considering the age of the film. The special feature documentary about the making of the film was a little odd because the book's author appeared in a very small window as a picture in picture on the screen. I'm assuming he phoned in- literally! -his interview. That threw me a bit...as did the fact that we never actually see Bill Pullman in his present-day form. Instead, we simply hear him talking. But, these things considered, the feature was fun, informative, and a nice addition. Scream Factory almost never fails to please with their releases of old classics and this one is no exception. I definitely recommend this genre gem with this release!
The Serpent and the Rainbow isn't your normal zombie movie, Rainbow puts the voodoo back in to zombies I found it enjoyable but it's not for everyone. Kind of gives off the vibe "I Walked with a Zombie" if you liked that movie you should enjoy Rainbow.
My SIL requested this as a holiday gift, she wanted to upgrade from VHS to DVD. I've seen the movie (long ago) and it wasn't my cup of tea -- but hey, that's what she wanted and she's looking forward to it.