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The Serpent and the Rainbow

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Wes Craven

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About the Movie

Wes Craven (The People Under the Stairs, Shocker) directs this terrifying story of one man's nightmarish journey into the eerie and deadly world of voodoo. A Harvard anthropologist (Bill Pullman) is sent to Haiti to retrieve a strange powder that is said to have the power to bring human beings back from the dead. In his quest to find the miracle drug, the cynical scientist enters the rarely seen netherworld of walking zombies, blood rites and ancient curses. Based on the true life experiences of Wade Davis and filmed on location in Haiti, it's a frightening excursion into black magic and the supernatural.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 31
  • Fresh: 19
  • Rotten: 12
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The Serpent and the Rainbow has a screenplay that often breaks its spell. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: [Craven] seems wiser and more story-conscious -- but thankfully still full of the same surprises. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Sep 1, 2015

Fresh: The Serpent and the Rainbow is uncanny in the way it takes the most lurid images and makes them plausible. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Genuinely frightening. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Real Horror Movie

I'm an avid horror fan and have been since childhood (so needless to say it takes alot to frighten me). I remember watching this movie when I was a kid and it scared the crap out of me. If someone is looking for a real horror movie and not just a big gore fest, then you should check this one out. I'm 29 and it still gives me the creeps!

Not scary at all

Not only was this movie not scary in the least, it was so ridiculouly laced with cultural imperialism I had to stop watching it at certain points. Stay away.

Great for what its worth

This movie is more a creepy and a spirtual fantasy movie more than anything. But it gets us a good look into the beliefs of voodoo, and it has Bill Pullman in it! The anthropolgist that wrote the orignal book only hated it because in the scientific community having any kind of spiritual beliefs is like heresy (the book was a scientific look at voodoo). You have to see it at least once. It provides a narrated and well drawn out story into the mysterous underworld of voodoo culture in Hati.

The Serpent and the Rainbow
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 1988

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