The Serpent and the Rainbow
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1987)

Somewhat based on the true-life experiences of ethnobotanist Wade Davis, this provocative horror outing is set in Haiti and offers a fascinating look into the voodoo cult and the making of zombies. Davis' book was a serious examination… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: June 1, 1987
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Offers a few good scares but gets bogged down in special effects.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The Serpent and the Rainbow has a screenplay that often breaks its spell.

Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

An admirable effort to put the voodoo back in zombie mythology ... anyone interested in a different take on a zombie tale should certainly give it a look-over.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Genuinely frightening.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Serpent and the Rainbow is uncanny in the way it takes the most lurid images and makes them plausible.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A solid supernatural voodoo chiller that finely mixes fantasy with real terror to provide the required horror pic scares.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
A very subversive film for its time, "The Serpent and the Rainbow" deals with the real world of zombie culture in Hait,i and its folklore. Craven… More
Lee ?
An American anthropologist travels to Haiti to discover the zombification drug used in voodoo cult practices. It's inspired by true events apparantly which… More
Cory Taylor
When Bill Pullman is your most commanding presence, you can rest assured that the casting is pretty maladroit. In a precursor to the early 2000's torture… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Starts ok, goes to crap in the second half. It has it's moments.
Alex roy
After directing some of the most legendary Horror films in the business, Wes Craven continues his streak of creepy horror films with The Serpent and the… More
Emily Armstrong
The reason I watched this originally is because I wanted to see the film that inspired one of my favorite songs: Voodoo by Godsmack. I found it a little… More

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