Film Reviews: “The Serpent And The Rainbow” (1988)


Wes Craven directed this film, “based on true events” about an anthropologist named Dennis (Bill Pullman) who travels to Haiti in search of a drug that can supposedly turn people into zombies. Dennis risks his life and psychological state to find the powder, battling the Haitian rebel police, and a voodoo soul stealing master. This movie blends the line between reality and fiction. As it turns out the powder is only some sort of a strong unknown sedative, but yet the voodoo master can actually steal your soul and put it in a jar, and read your mind? This one didn’t do much for me, and gets into wacky territory in the last half, while the first half is played pretty straight. I wonder if a rewrite took place halfway through production? There’s one memorable creepy scene in which Dennis is buried alive, and with a tarantula. Yeeeek!

2.0 out of 4.0 stars.


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