The Serpent and the Rainbow

The Serpent and the Rainbow

Bill Pullman
Director: Wes Craven Cast: Bill Pullman
Bill Pullman
, Cathy Tyson
Cathy Tyson
, Zakes Mokae
Zakes Mokae
Wes Craven

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Horror maven Wes Craven attempted a slight change of pace from his usual slasher movie milieu with this chiller loosely based on a true story. Bill Pullman stars as Dennis Alan, a Harvard researcher sent to Haiti by a pharmaceutical company to investigate the zombie legend and any possible connection it might have to a rumored drug that could be used as a new breed of powerful anaesthetic. Once on the Caribbean isle, Alan is aided by a good voodoo priest or "houngan" (Paul Winfield) and his daughter (Cathy Tyson), who runs a local clinic. Alan's search also pits him against an evil houngan, Dargent Peytraud (Zakes Mokae). Peytraud also controls the Tonton Macoute (the Haitian secret police), who are involved with soon-to-be-deposed dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier. The Serpent and the Rainbow was based on the book of the same name by Wade Davis, an ethnobotanist whose real-life hunt for the zombie drug was credited with cracking the medical mystery behind the myth.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
UPC: 0025192123627
Original Release: 1987
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 25,822

Special Features

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Pullman Dennis Alan
Cathy Tyson Marielle Duchamp
Zakes Mokae Dargent Peytraud
Paul Winfield Lucien Celine
Brent Jennings Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Michael Gough Schoonbacher
Conrad Roberts Christophe
Badja Djola Gaston
Theresa Merritt Simone
Paul Guilfoyle Andrew Cassedy
Dey Young Mrs. Cassedy
Aleta Mitchell Celestine
William Newman French Missionary Doctor
Michael Jackson Newscaster
Tony Cecere Actor
Francis Guinan American Doctor

Technical Credits
Wes Craven Director,Screenwriter
Lance Anderson Makeup,Makeup Special Effects
David Leroy Anderson Makeup Special Effects
Keith Barish Executive Producer
David Brisbin Art Director
Tony Cecere Stunts
Doug Claybourne Co-producer
Rob Cohen Executive Producer
Dianne Crittenden Casting
Bob Engelman Asst. Director
Glenn Farr Editor
Brad Fiedel Score Composer
Gary Gutierrez Special Effects,Special Effects Supervisor
David Ladd Co-producer
John Lindley Cinematographer
Richard Maxwell Screenwriter
Peter Mitchell Costumes/Costume Designer
David Nichols Production Designer
A.R. Simoun Screenwriter
Dawn Snyder Set Decoration/Design
Donald Summer Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Voodooism (Main Titles) [5:10]
2. A Powerful Evil [6:28]
3. Science and Medicine [3:18]
4. Natural Possession [6:53]
5. Zombie Powder [5:58]
6. Dangerous Times [6:36]
7. Bad Dreams [8:08]
8. Marshal Law [3:57]
9. No Tricks [5:29]
10. "I Want to Hear You Scream" [3:37]
11. Getting the Recipe Right [4:18]
12. Unexpected Departing [6:59]
13. Testing the Drug [5:19]
14. "Don't Let Them Bury Me" [4:53]
15. Back From the Dead [4:42]
16. An Offering [5:35]
17. Free Your Soul [6:11]
18. End Titles [4:14]

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The Serpent and the Rainbow 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wes Craven has stepped outside his usual slash, mash and bash modus operandi in this completely engrossing and terror dripping film. Based on the book of the same name by Wade Davis, this tale scoots from South America to the United States and then to Haiti where Pullman's character is involved in searches for arcane traditional pharmacopia elements that can be utilized by his masters (back at the good old corporate monster in the USA) in order to MAKE THE BIG FREAKING BUCKS! Also of course as a byproduct, these breakthroughs will aid medical progress for humans everywhere. Wades nonfictional account (of the same name) is a fantastic skeleton for this film and lends the trappings and zappings of reality to this journey into third world human conditions as it actually brings to light one or more important scientific advances that otherwise haven't reaped their fair share of attention. Without spoiling the trip for you, let me say that this films deep dark characterizations, third world politics, scarey surprizes, creepy graveyard scenes roil into a rich torrential and cresendo ending which will hold you in a rare and tightening death grip for at least a little while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i was born in haiti i left haiti at the age of 14 i heard everything about voodoo just the way it is in the movie but i never believed things like that can actually happened for real even though people said it's true. this movie show things exacly like i have told it freaked me out the first time i've seen it but it's a very good movie it help me realized how bad and discusting voodoo is. GOD BLESS
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie I have seen to date dealing w/suspense & edge of your seat sensation. This is one movie that really gets your brain twisted into thinking you've seen something that may not have been there to begin w/only to find it working it's way into the movie eventually. It's been 10yrs. since i've seen this movie & I will continue to watch whenever I can.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im a huge Wes Craven fan and this is one of his best. Very odd. I found myself getting confused sometimes but it's still pretty freaky. And since its a true story, it makes it alot scarier.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this film gets off to a roaring start in the jungles of south america. it's the usual ''adventurer in paradise looking for dope'' kinda scenario until things twist a bit with a dead helicopter pilot and a ''spirit guide'' sequence. afer that, things take off for mars ala international pharmaceutical companies looking for new operative assist drugs to perform modern miracle surguries. while the good doctor is stateside again, he falls into his next quest - to haiti looking for a zombification drug which will enable certain hitherto impossible modern surguries. ack ack ack. then the real fun starts - nope, won't clue you in - you'll have to go there to catch this wild ride yourself...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining movie, and quite frightening. There are a lot of ''undead'' references which I enjoy. The only problem I had with the movie was a frightening torture scene where Bill Pullman had a nail hammered into one of his genitals. I don't know what it feels like to be hurt in that area, and I cannot imagine. But the movie made me very aware of the differences between gender. Other then that I thought the movie was very suspenseful.