The Serpent and the Rainbow

The Serpent and the Rainbow
The Serpent and the Rainbow
  • R
  • 1h 37m
  • 1988
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Wes Craven (The People Under the Stairs, Shocker) directs this terrifying story of one man's nightmarish journey into the eerie and deadly world of voodoo. A Harvard anthropologist (Bill Pullman) is sent to Haiti to retrieve a strange powder that is said to have the power to bring human beings back from the dead. In his quest to find the miracle drug, the cynical scientist enters the rarely seen netherworld of walking zombies, blood rites and ancient curses. Based on the true life experiences of Wade Davis and filmed on location in Haiti, it's a frightening excursion into black magic and the supernatural.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Variety Staff

Offers a few good scares but gets bogged down in special effects.

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Derek Adams

Unfortunately, the political parallel between the ideological repression of Baby Doc's regime and...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Janet Maslin

The Serpent and the Rainbow has a screenplay that often breaks its spell.

March 4, 2019
Washington Post
Desson Thomson

[Craven] seems wiser and more story-conscious -- but thankfully still full of the same surprises.

June 16, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Horror, Thriller
  • Release Date:February 5, 1988
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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