Zombie Film Fridays: The Serpent and the Rainbow

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.”

And now it’s time for the trailer!

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4 thoughts on “Zombie Film Fridays: The Serpent and the Rainbow

  1. I’ve been meaning to watch this for the longest time and somehow have never gotten around to it. It’s at the top if the list now. Thanks!

  2. I remember watching this movie for the first time. At the beginning, the room was filled with my friends as we sat around the tv, the VCR clicking as the tape started. As the credits rolled at the end, only I was still in the room. Not that the movie wasn’t a great movie but it creeped out the others. Since then I watch the movie every few years to bring back memories of how a good thriller can be made.

    It is great you featured this movie. One of my favorites.
    -jb

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