• R, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Wes Craven
    In Theaters:
    Jun 1, 1987 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 10, 2000
  • MCA/Universal Pictures

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The Serpent and the Rainbow Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Flavorful Grand Guignol

Full Review Source: CinePassion

April 1, 2010

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Craven combines the terrifying dream sequences of A Nightmare on Elm Street with the subtle and evocative atmospherics of Val Lewton.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

September 25, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Genuinely frightening.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 25, 2007
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 3/5

July 19, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

| Original Score: 3/5

November 19, 2004
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

A trippy, guilty pleasure.

| Original Score: 3/5

August 30, 2004
Spence D.
IGN Movies

| Original Score: 4/5

January 24, 2004
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News

A scary, hallucinogenic and underrated horror movie, and one of Wes Craven's best.

| Original Score: 4/5

November 4, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Mildly effective "fact" based horror from Wes Craven.

| Original Score: 3/5

October 19, 2003
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Genuinely chilling, one of Wes Craven's best.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 12, 2003
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Possibly Craven's best -- an original voodoo thriller that's also primo Pullman

| Original Score: 4/5

January 9, 2003
James Rocchi
Netflix

An invisibly smart film, a lot brighter underneath than its surface gloss would suggest.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 4/5

November 7, 2002
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

| Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The Serpent and the Rainbow is uncanny in the way it takes the most lurid images and makes them plausible.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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[Craven[ seems wiser and more story-conscious -- but thankfully still full of the same surprises.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Surprisingly solid effort from Wes Craven.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Despite the strongly emphasized exoticness its Haitian scenery, The Serpent and the Rainbow may be Wes Craven's most pedestrian film.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: C+

October 26, 2007
Variety Staff
Variety
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Offers a few good scares but gets bogged down in special effects.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 25, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Unfortunately, the political parallel between the ideological repression of Baby Doc's regime and the stultifying effects of the zombifying fluid is only sketchily developed, leaving us with a series of striking but isolated set pieces.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A lame documentary-flavored horror story.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C

January 25, 2006
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