Celebrate the nightmare-inducing visions of the late, great Wes Craven with his 1987 voodoo classic, The Serpent and the Rainbow!
Loosely based on the true-life experiences of ethnobotanist Wade Davis, Craven’s terrifying horror classic stars Bill Pullman as anthropologist Dennis Alan (Bill Pullman), who travels to the torn country of Haiti at a time of severe social and political unrest. With the help of a “witch doctor” (Brent Jennings) and a fellow researcher (Cathy Tyson), Alan begins to investigate a Voodoo drug used in religious practices to turn victims into living zombies. But as Dennis uncovers the secrets behind the mysterious powder, he must evade the Haitian authorities who view his research as a potential threat.
Directed by Wes Craven. 1987. 98 minutes. Rated R.
“A scary, hallucinogenic, and underrated horror movie – and one of Wes Craven’s best.” – Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
“The Serpent and the Rainbow is uncanny in the way it takes the most lurid images and makes them plausible.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“Genuinely frightening.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader