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The Serpent and the Rainbow: An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people in zombies.

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Released: February 05, 1988
Runtime: 98 mins
Genres: Horror Zombies
Countries: USA
Director: Wes Craven
Actors: Badja Djola Bill Pullman Brent Jennings Cathy Tyson Conrad Roberts Dey Young Francis Guinan Michael Gough Michael Jackson Paul Guilfoyle Paul Winfield Theresa Merritt William Newman Zakes Mokae

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Posted by Gallardo 5 years, 1 month ago ( Edited 5 years, 1 month ago )
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This film is a classic

Posted by runumus 5 years, 1 month ago
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this is a very "BAD ASS" flick. 1 of cravens best films. however, i cannot get the stagevu link 2 work. PARTY ON, DUDES!

Posted by ladytank24 5 years, 3 months ago
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Definitely watch this movie it will have you on edge.

Posted by sonorawith 2 years, 11 months ago
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I watched this movie some 20 years ago & scared me to death. I've found it here now. I obviously suggest every horror movie lover to watch it. Good stuff. The scientific bit is not really accurate, but because it's too complex to stuff everything in just 1 movie. 8/10

Posted by movievixen 2 years, 11 months ago
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This one is so creepy! I seen it when I was really young and it scared me, Wes Craven is the master...I love how it was actually shot in Haiti 9/10

Posted by frightnight 3 years, 7 months ago
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Cmon people, watch this movie, You will like it! Dont let the cover fool you , It is a classic.

Posted by Ixche 3 years, 11 months ago
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Have watched this movie many times and it never fails to entertain and creep me out. If you enjoy this movie like I do look up Edmund Wade Davis a Canadian Anthropologist, Ethnobotanist, Photographer and author of The Serpent and The Rainbow. Great movie 5/5

Posted by haitipi 4 years, 11 months ago
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Yes, much of it did happen, although like Joe Friday used to say, "Names were changed to protect the innocent". The only recorded death (certified by American Doctor's at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Deschapelle in the Artibonite Vally area in Haiti; about an hour and a half DRIVE from Port-au-Prince. With the rare exception of cremations, nearly all decedents are interred in above ground crypts. The Zombification victims was named, I believe, Francois Narcisse. The day after he was entombed, he was found walking in his home villages. His friends and family were none too pleased and ordered him back to the cemetery where he belonged. I heard that eventually, he was admitted to a missionary run mental health facility. The author of the book, played sort of by Bill Pullman, is a ethnobotonist, traveling around the world looking for "bush remedies" that really word so that Drug Companies might test it and produce it for use in industrialized countries. ,

Posted by MOVIEMANIAK420 5 years, 3 months ago
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Scarry Stuff

Posted by dramucom 2 weeks ago
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creepy imagery highlights this above average film.

Posted by checkmyfavslist 3 weeks ago
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Really good Wes Craven movie, creepy atmosphere to it. Great story, Great actors and great to watch. Added to my favs and to my playlist.

Posted by TaureDawn 5 months ago ( Edited 5 months ago )
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Very interesting movie! What makes this movie scary is that things like this really do happen in certain parts of the world... it seems South America mainly. Most people are familiar with the get bit by a zombie you will turn into a zombie scenario which is not that realistic. Romero's Night of the Living Dead or other zombie films are good examples of it. But Serpent and the Rainbow is not that type of a zombie film. Serpent and the Rainbow is a very underrated and extremely creepy film about REAL ZOMBISM. Yes I say REAL ZOMBISM! To understand the movie Serpent and the Rainbow on a deeper scale research REAL ZOMBISM: Scopolamine aka Devil's Breath is one such drug from the Borrachero tree it is also known as Angel Trumpet: Brugmansia. This plant is known turn people into a zombie-like state... people will even give up their free will. If one is interested in real zombism and other magic from South America I recommend a book by Jaya Bear: Amazon Magic: The Life Story of Ayahuasquero and Shaman Don Agustin Rivas Vasquez -- very good book that goes well with the the theme of the movie Serpent and the Rainbow. Yes I loved Serpent and the Rainbow! It maybe Wes Craven's best movie to date! 9.5/10

Posted by s0m12 6 months ago
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What a great movie! Loved it such a classic, the twists !!! 8/10

Posted by leedsfan123 7 months ago ( Edited 7 months ago )
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Very good movie. Still creepy has hell. 5/5

Posted by ravenpsy 2 years, 3 months ago
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Posted by Ambamb 2 years, 4 months ago
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Watched this as a kid after my Mum had gone to bed - snuck down in the night with my Dad to watch it and it scared the hell out of me (Thanks for the nightmares Dad!) Bought it a few years ago...lost it's clout 20 years on but fun little film nonetheless

Posted by TheHitmanWonder 2 years, 5 months ago
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That was a really good movie. I wouldn't say it was scary though. But it did have alot of chilling effects. More like being on a hullucinogenic drug. 8/10.

Posted by NottinghamWench 2 years, 10 months ago
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I watched this movie back in 93-94 on TV & it stuck with me....that's saying something. If you haven't seen this movie, watch it. If you have...watch it again, it's worth it.

Posted by Dscaggs 3 years, 2 months ago ( Edited 3 years, 2 months ago )
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The cover is misleading/bad advertising. This is def a cult classic horror. Well worth the watch. Glad I ran across it. "I don't want money....I want to hear you screeeeeaaam."

Posted by voodookitty 3 years, 3 months ago
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This was a great movie when it came out--and it still is! Very intense, dealing with voodoo. If you haven't seen it, definitely give it a watch. You won't be sorry--but you might get a little paranoid!

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