The Serpent and the Rainbow Reviews

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April 9, 2020
Between colorful folklore, romance, and political critique, the terrifying intrigue is at times interesting and at others surprising. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 2, 2019
A mix of horror and psychological thriller, we become enmeshed in Pullman's struggle, and as things get worse for him, the audience stays invested and hopeful he will overcome the horrors surrounding him.
May 1, 2019
A fascinating trip into a portion of Haitian culture, which Craven uses as an excellent critique of America's incessant focus on or obsession with imperialism.
March 4, 2019
Mixing religious beliefs with real life zombies is a mixture that could have turned hokey real quick. And adding the political strife into the plot made the story somehow relatable or at least identifiable.
February 28, 2016
An admirable effort to put the voodoo back in zombie mythology ... anyone interested in a different take on a zombie tale should certainly give it a look-over.
February 27, 2016
Better (certainly classier) than most films directed by the late Wes Craven, this zombie flick still registers as an also-ran in the horror sweepstakes.
February 28, 2015
A solid supernatural voodoo chiller that finely mixes fantasy with real terror to provide the required horror pic scares.
April 1, 2010
Flavorful Grand Guignol
October 26, 2007
Despite the strongly emphasized exoticness its Haitian scenery, The Serpent and the Rainbow may be Wes Craven's most pedestrian film.
September 25, 2007
Offers a few good scares but gets bogged down in special effects.
September 25, 2007
Craven combines the terrifying dream sequences of A Nightmare on Elm Street with the subtle and evocative atmospherics of Val Lewton.
September 25, 2007
Genuinely frightening.
February 9, 2006
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.
January 25, 2006
A lame documentary-flavored horror story.
July 19, 2005
February 18, 2005
November 19, 2004
August 30, 2004
The Serpent and the Rainbow has a screenplay that often breaks its spell.
August 30, 2004
A trippy, guilty pleasure.
August 27, 2004
Director Wes Craven learned that the scariest things often have nothing to do with special effects wizardry.
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