The Serpent And The Rainbow (1988)

WES CRAVEN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1988.  .  Screenplay by , , inspired by the book by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

This freaky foray into the world of the occult would be a lot better if it were not so rife with sensationalism.  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 () 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.

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