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The Serpent And The Rainbow (1988)
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The Serpent And The Rainbow (1988) Dennis Allan is an scientist who visits Haiti on the strength of a rumour of a drug which renders the recipient totally paralyzed but conscious. The drug's effects often fool doctors, who declare the victims dead. Could this be the origin of the "zombie" legend? Alan embarks on a surprising and often surreal investigation of the turbulent social chaos that is Haiti during the revolution which ousted hated dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier. Often a pawn in a greater game, Alan must decide what is science, what is superstition, and what is the unknown in a anarchistic society where police corruption and witch-doctory are commonplace.

Movie Tagline:
Don't bury me...I'm not dead!

Title: Serpent And The Rainbow, The
Release Date: February 05, 1988
Runtime: 98 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: Dolby
IMDB Rating: 6.2
Buried.com Rating: 7.2 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S

MPAA Rating: R

Wes Craven

Bill Pullman ...Dennis Alan
Cathy Tyson ...Marielle Duchamp
Zakes Mokae ...Dargent Peytraud
Paul Winfield ...Lucien Celine
Brent Jennings ...Louis Mozart
Conrad Roberts ...Christophe
Badja Djola ...Gaston
Theresa Merritt ...Simone
Michael Gough ...Schoonbacher
Paul Guilfoyle ...Andrew Cassedy
Dey young ...Mrs. Cassedy
Aleta Mitchell ...Celestine
William Newman ...French Missionary Doctor
Jaime Pina Gautier ...Julio
Evencio Mosquera Slaco ...Old Shaman
Kimberleigh Aarn ...Margrite (as Kimberleigh Burroughs)
Philogen Thomas ...Priest
Ana Rosa Smith Avila ...Mulatto Nurse
Francis Guinan ...American Doctor
Sally Anne Munn ...Nurse / Intern
Jean Baptiste Rosvelt ...Black Waiter
Robert De James ...Old Lame Peasant
Jackson Delgado ...Possessed Dancer
Barbara Guillaume ...Mozart's Whore
Betty Garcia Rodriguez ...Pretty Whore
Luis Tavare Pesquera ...Kyle Cassedy
Claudia Pimentel ...Old Crone
Michael Jackson ...Newscaster
Diamanda Galas ...Voices of the Dead (voice)
Ti Blanc ...Lucien's Dancers Master of Ceremonies

» [more cast members]

Keith Barish
Doug Claybourne
Rob Cohen
Robert Engelman
David Ladd

Wade Davis
Richard Maxwell
Adam Rodman

Brad Fiedel

The Serpent And The Rainbow Horror Film Trailer 1

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Madame Marcell"

More Movie Taglines:
  • Don't bury me...I'm not dead!
Movie Quote(s):
  • [Doctor Allen is straped in a chair about to be tortured] Dennis Alan: I'm a U.S. citizen! Think about that! Dargent Peytraud: I don't see the Ambassador here, do you?
  • Dargent Peytraud: Ahh, Doctor Allen! Why are you in Haiti, Doctor Allen? Dennis Alan: It says there on the passport I'm a tourist. I came to see the sights. Dargent Peytraud: Yes, happy happy happy island people! Then why visit an insane asylum? Dennis Alan: I'm an anthropologist, it's a tax write off. Hope you're not with the IRS.
  • Dennis Alan: Don't let them bury me! I'm not dead!
  • Dargent Peytraud: I want to hear you scream!
  • Dargent Peytraud: By the way, Doctor Allen. What did you dream about this afternoon? A woman in your arms? The sea at your doorstep? Nooooo! You dreamt of me and of the grave. I know because I was there. And I can be there every time you close your eyes. The pain I cause you, in the room upstairs, is nothing to the pain I can cause in your own mind. Remember that... Doctor Allen.
Movie Trivia:
  • The CD Soundtrack to this film is extremely rare, as it was pressed in limited quantities. Part of this was due to the film's poor release and the fact that the market was transitioning from LP to CD as a mass format, meaning that the number of copies is much smaller than an average soundtrack album run.
  • Author Wade Davis agreed to sell the book rights on the condition that Peter Weir direct and Mel Gibson star. Neither man had any involvement in the project.
  • Due to political strife and civil turmoil in Haiti during the production, the local government informed the film crew that they could not guarantee their safety for the remainder of the shoot. The crew subsequently relocated to nearby Dominican Republic to complete filming.
  • Newly-wed, Bill Pullman's wife was invited to be an extra and appears on screen as the blonde who pushes a long needle through a willing man's cheek.
  • Bill Pullman acted alongside a jaguar, a viper and a tarantula during the course of film. However all the animals were raised in captivity and were relatively tame.
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