The Serpent and the Rainbow

Don’t bury me… I’m not dead!

Anthropologist Dennis Alan (Bill Pullman) goes to Haiti to find a drug that allegedly caused a person to rise from the dead. An unusual film by Wes Craven, not a horror outing but a thriller based on real events where drug-induced hallucinations take on frightening shapes. The classic horror concept of being buried alive is well utilized. A big part of the movie focuses on voodoo, but it also aims to portray the Duvalier dictatorship in Haiti, with mixed results. A little dull at times, although the last half hour delivers the goods.

1988-U.S. 98 min. Color. Directed by Wes Craven. Book: Wade Davis. Cast: Bill Pullman (Dennis Alan), Cathy Tyson (Marielle Duchamp), Zakes Mokae (Dargent Peytraud), Paul Winfield, Brent Jennings, Theresa Merritt… Michael Gough.

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