Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1988. Universal Pictures. Screenplay by Richard Maxwell, Adam Rodman, inspired by the book by Wade Davis. Cinematography by John Lindley. Produced by Doug Claybourne, David Ladd. Music by Brad Fiedel. Production Design by David Nichols. Costume Design by Peter Mitchell. Film Editing by Glenn Farr.
This freaky foray into the world of the occult would be a lot better if it were not so rife with sensationalism. Bill Pullman plays a research scientist who travels to Haiti to investigate what he has heard about a drug which renders its takers into a zombie-like state, which is often confused with death by medical professionals. While there he stumbles into a political instability situation made more mystical by voodoo culture, both of which threaten to take his life. The stakes get even higher when he tries to rescue a female doctor (Cathy Tyson) with whom he has fallen in love. Lots of very scary nightmare sequences and some squeamish moments are terrific for horror film lovers, but the eventual effect is shallow and forgettable.