Haven’t seen The Serpent and the Rainbow yet? Add it to your must see list immediately!
Dennis Allan is a scientist who visits Haiti on the strength of a rumour of a drug which renders the recipient totally paralyzed but conscious. The drug’s effects often fool doctors, who declare the victims dead. Could this be the origin of the “zombie” legend? Alan embarks on a surprising and often surreal investigation of the turbulent social chaos that is Haiti during the revolution which ousted hated dictator “Baby Doc” Duvalier. Often a pawn in a greater game, Alan must decide what is science, what is superstition, and what is the unknown in an anarchistic society where police corruption and witch doctors are commonplace.
My Rating: A-
Interesting Facts: Bill Pullman’s wife was invited to be an extra and appears on-screen as the blonde who pushes a long needle through a willing man’s cheek, Bill Pullman acted alongside a jaguar, a viper and a tarantula during the course of film (however all the animals were raised in captivity and were relatively tame), and a note is imposed on the final scene that states that scientists are studying the “zombie powder” and that what makes it work “remains a mystery.”