I remember seeing The Serpent and the Rainbow when it was first released, and enjoying it immensely. Did it hold up after so many years? Yes, and no.
Based loosely on a non-fiction book by the same name, this picture takes us to remote locations where civilizations rely heavily on strange medicines and mystical beliefs, some that go to very dark places. Bill Pullman plays an anthropologist who after taking a strange concoction experiences visions including that of a friendly Jaguar (his spirit guide), then stumbles his way out of a South American jungle - 200 miles of it. Upon returning to the U.S., he is contracted by a large pharmaceutical company to travel to Haiti and locate a powder that is said to be able to render a human being into a dead-like state from which they rise again perfectly healthy. The term 'zombie' is thrown around glibly by a skeptical exec. They want to harness the power of this medicine to use as anesthesia.
|Digging up coffins is a hobby of mine.|
Haiti is a volcano about to erupt into full blown revolution with corrupt government officials everywhere. The worst is a police commander played by Zakes Mokae who doesn't care for Pullman roaming about his country. Pullman recognizes Mokae from his South American vision, and Mokae seems to have some voodoo powers which make him even more dangerous. He also keeps his implements of torture in a wooden coffin in his office - never a good sign.
|This is my scary face.|
|The moment all the males in the audience cringe.|
|Snakes...why did it have to be snakes.|
|Ok you guys told me this wasn't a 'Nightmare' picture, but what is this all about?|
|Zombies need love too you know.|
|Served extra crispy.|
|Why are they always shocked in these movies when an attractive woman has a serious career?|
Now that I've revisited this, it may be time to go back to Wes Craven's Shocker (1990) which I adore.