• The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

The Serpent and the Rainbow

Release Date: February 5th, 1988

DVD Release Date: December 8th, 1998

R |1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary

In a time of social and political unrest in Haiti, anthropologist Dennis Alan (Bill Pullman) travels to the torn country to study a Voodoo drug used in religious practices to turn victims into living zombies. With the help of a witch doctor (Brent Jennings) and a fellow researcher (Cathy Tyson), Dennis pieces together the deadly mystery. But as Dennis uncovers the secrets behind the mysterious powder, he must evade the Haitian authorities who view his research as a potential threat.

Cast: Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson, Zakes Mokae, Paul Winfield, Brent Jennings, Conrad Roberts, Badja Djola, Theresa Merritt

Director: Wes Craven

Genres: Horror

Production Co: Universal Pictures

Keywords: 1980s, Mystery, Fascinating, Doctor, Investigation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 38
    Liam LaceyThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    All the silliest racist cliches are perpetrated: the dark people with their dark magic; British actress Cathy Tyson, as a Haitian psychiatrist who is occasionally possessed by demons and lapses into frenzied love-making; evil third world politics hand-in-hand with black sorcery. [5 Feb 1988]

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

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

  • 75
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    Mingling a frank trashiness with unexpected ambition, Wes Craven's The Serpent and the Rainbow emerges as one of the more commanding horror movies of recent months. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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