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The Serpent and the Rainbow
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Directed By
Wes Craven

Written By:
Richard Maxwell

Paul Guilfoyle, Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson, Zakes Mokae, Paul Winfield, Conrad Roberts, Badja Djola, Theresa Merritt, Brent Jennings, Michael Gough

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The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
May 31st, 2007

Don't let them bury me! I'm not dead!

Wes Craven (Red Eye, Scream) gave us this zombie film almost 20 years ago. It is not your traditional zombies, but more modern day horrors.

Supposedly, this is based on true facts. Kind of like the early porn films that had a doctor in the beginning talking about the evils of nymphomania or some such sexual perversion to give the film some credibility. Forget that, it is a horror film and enjoy it as such.

One of the interesting facts is that is gives us a glimpse of voodoo. As Marielle Duchamp (Cathy Tyson) said, 85% of Haiti is Catholic and 110% believe in voodoo. It makes for a strange religion and the film was interesting from that standpoint.

It also has political over tones as It occurs in the last months of the Duvalier dictatorship in Haiti.

If you are looking for the traditional flesh-eating zombies, they are not here. What is her is psychological horror and great makeup.

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May 31, 2007 12:01 PM
This movie is definitely not for everyone. It's very slow, in my opinion. It's good, but very slow.
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May 31, 2007 12:15 PM
Yes, I agree, it didn't move until the end.

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