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    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    Redfern

    Redfern ★★★★

    There's a semblance of a simple straight-forward story here but the structure is so fragmented, the scenes so abstract, that this becomes some sort of feverish nightmare - a Tourneur flick for modern audiences. Wouldn't really have expected a Craven film to be juxtaposing cultures and class to such effect and I'm impressed that the alien customs are treated so earnestly even when filtered through an outsider's perspective. One of Craven's best.

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    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    DirkH

    DirkH ★★★★

    "I want to hear you scream"

    "Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh"

    "Not good enough...."

    Anyone who has seen this film knows what happens next....

  • The Serpent and the Rainbow

    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    Liam Hathaway

    Liam Hathaway ★★★

    One of Wes Craven's most interesting and perturbing efforts. Even in this trippy and hallucinatory effort, the director manages to infuse a palpable realism and plausibility, courtesy of filming on-location in war-torn Haiti. The actual script may not be the most polished or concise, but it's frightful voodoo insights are certainly effective enough to give you second thoughts about being buried oppose to being cremated.

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    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    AScaryGhost

    AScaryGhost ★★★

    Hooptober 5.0 first review!
    Anniversary film: Release year ending in 8, excluding 2018

    The Serpent and the Rainbow is, above all else, inconsistent. Is it a badass horror movie about a hallucinatory nightmare journey into an underworld of voodoo used for very bad ends? Or a political thriller about Haitians rebelling against the Duvaliers? Or, a watery made for TV mystery thrilller starring Bill Pullman as some meddling douchebag working for Big Pharma?

    Unfortunately it’s all three at once, and…

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    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    Peter Bódi

    Peter Bódi ★★★½

    The Serpent and the Rainbow's premise gets a little bit buried (hurr-hurr) under all the rinse and repeat deliria of wild visions/nightmares, people dancing all over the place and messy political turmoil. So much so that it took me a while to get into the groove of it all, but once the hectic plot progression settled down a bit I had a really good time. I have a soft spot for Bill Pullman and seeing his pre-presidential Haitian adventures was…

  • The Serpent and the Rainbow

    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    Jim Drew

    Jim Drew ★★★★

    There may or may not be zombie happenings afoot in the simmering nation of Haiti. Anthropologist Bill Pullman is hired to investigate and steal what may be a scientific marvel.

    Not having seen this since I was a kid my memory was more than a little fuzzy, but there were two scenes I remembered. Perhaps the most infamous scene (fucking ouch) and being buried alive. Delighted to find that this is creepier than I recalled and also I totally forgot…

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    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    <Todd>

    <Todd> ★★½

    "The soul begins and ends in the brain." Dennis (Bill Pullman),

    Wes Craven Ranked: boxd.it/1VXGE

    A pharmaceutical company sends an anthropologist named Dennis on a mission to Haiti. The drug company wants Dennis to talk to the local people to explore rumors of a drug that can make people dead, and then bring them back to life again. While there, he encounters a lot of shit. If you're ever confused just remember that a lot of this movie is about…

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    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    YI JIAN

    YI JIAN ★★★★½

    I remember when I was in primary school the teacher asked what are we afraid of the most and she got answers like spiders, snakes, losing parents, being lost in a shopping mall, talking to strangers, etc. until I said "buried alive" and the whole room looked at me like I belong in a mental asylum. It's a justified fear, what is wrong with you people, spiders don't even hurt you if you leave them alone, try watching this and tell me you didn't hold your breath throughout the entire sequence. #15

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    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    cherryz

    cherryz ★★★

    Day 2 August's Horror Scavenger Hunt. Watch a Wes Craven movie.

    *Drumbeats....The magical voyage of Dr Dennis Alan in war torn Haiti, remember death is not the end. Let's take a trip into Black Magic.

    I've not seen enough movies with voodoo, and I really need to change that. I find it interesting and scary. Voodoo, torture, and zombies.

    The police chief and his executioner make formidable villains, stay away from these guys! Unless you have leopard power.

    Wes is incredible with nightmares, those scenes were tremendous.....'Is something wrong with your soup?'

    A very fitting end and I'm off now to celebrate with a coca cola.

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    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    Slig001

    Slig001 ★★★½

    This is a zombie film; but closer to I Walked with a Zombie than Dawn of the Dead. It gets full marks for its interesting location and subject matter but loses points for never really taking full advantage. The plot never builds to fever pitch and instead just remains mildly interesting for the duration. The film is more of a psychological thriller than a full blown horror movie. The characters and situation are interesting and Bill Pullman is engaging as…

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    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    Rich Strahs

    Rich Strahs ★★★

    Daily Horror Scavenger Hunt 2 - August 2018

    Today I had to watch a Wes Craven movie that has no sequels and hasn't been remade to celebrate what would have been his 79th birthday. The Serpent and the Rainbow fit those qualifications to my knowledge.

    Bill Pullman hangs out in Haiti to investigate a zombie sighting thanks to Voodoo. While he is there, things go awry. He doubts his entire purpose of being there and then things go from bad…

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    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    DopeAssGhost

    DopeAssGhost ★★★½

    THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW (1988)
    "An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies."

    Leave it to Wes Craven to direct a zombie picture that wasn't like any traditional zombie flick at the time and instead harkens back to the more infamous 1930's/1940's black and white zombie voodoo films of old like White Zombie (1932).
    The Serpent And The Rainbow was loosely based on a nonfiction book…

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    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    Hooptober #19

    Returning to the pre-Romero definition of the zombie, The Serpent and the Rainbow is a more realistic take on zombification, looking at their religious, Haitian origins. It's a serious movie, tonally quite respectful to the mysteries of the zombifying process. It draws on the fears associated with becoming a zombie, namely the loss of control and will, and there's certainly some scary psychological moments which exploit that. The film provides grisly images when required, with a coffin filling…

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    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    Joe

    Joe ★★★

    Seemingly borne out of a cocaine-addled studio executive's belief in the commercial potential for a cross between A Nightmare on Elm Street and Midnight Express, The Serpent and the Rainbow plods along in vaguely racist fashion in between derivative (but, for the most part, effective) nightmare sequences and Haitian political intrigue. Bill Pullman gets a nail driven through his scrotum and has (bongo-scored, naturally) hot sex with his Haitian contact, but other than that you might almost think this was…

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    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    Mr. DuLac

    Mr. DuLac ★★★½

    Whatever happens, death is not the end.
    -Lucien Celine

    One of the few Wes Craven films I had never seen and it was a nice surprise. It's one of the few modern films I've seen regarding the original origins of the term zombie which is linked to Voodoo. The film is even based on true events... well based on what was written in the book of the same name anyways.

    While a lot of Craven's horror films usually have a…

  • The Serpent and the Rainbow

    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    'The Serpent And The Rainbow' is a frustrating film to both watch and review. Based somewhat loosely on Wade Davis' non-fiction account of ethnobotanical exploration in Haiti in the 1970's and 1980's, and his research into the psychopharmacological and cultural roots of zombi-ism in Haiti, 'The Serpent And The Rainbow' was sold to Hollywood as a film project with the original understanding that Peter Weir would direct and Mel Gibson would star (thanks Wikipedia!), which would have been a pretty…

  • The Serpent and the Rainbow

    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    Travis Lytle

    Travis Lytle ★★★★½

    "The Serpent and the Rainbow" is one of Wes Craven's best films, and, for much of its running time, it is one of the horror director's most restrained films. Telling a story based on actual events, Craven eschews gore and token exploitative touches for authentic fear and effective imagery. With most of his narrative grounded in realism, it is only until a finale that runs away from this realism that Craven's film loses a step and becomes something less impressive…

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    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    The Spork Guy

    The Spork Guy ★★★★½

    Hoop-Tober 2015: Entry #2

    "I just wanna hear you scream..."

    No other popular horror filmmaker had more underrated entries under his belt than Wes Craven. Aside from the "Red Eye"s, "New Nightmare"s and Stair People, we had this one. A trippy, esoteric witchcraft thriller taking in Haiti, Voodoo capital of the world. Bill Pullman stars as Big-pharma agent taking a trip to Haiti on a mission to recover a substance that supposedly wakes people from the dead. Whatever the truth…

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    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    Robert Berlin

    Robert Berlin ★★★★½

    Spooky Scary Horrorthons 2 - Film #14

    Despite the endless amounts of zombie films that have come out over the years you won't find a lot of films focusing on the Haitian folk beliefs from were the term "zombie" originates. Because of this I was really eager to watch The Serpent and the Rainbow. After watching it I can say that I really liked it. A dreamy atmosphere sprinkled with some really cool, surrealistic sequences that really made me wonder…