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The Serpent and the Rainbow Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
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.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 28, 2015
A solid supernatural voodoo chiller that finely mixes fantasy with real terror to provide the required horror pic scares.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Fernando F. Croce
April 1, 2010
Flavorful Grand Guignol
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
October 26, 2007
Despite the strongly emphasized exoticness its Haitian scenery, The Serpent and the Rainbow may be Wes Craven's most pedestrian film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Variety Staff
September 25, 2007
Offers a few good scares but gets bogged down in special effects.

TV Guide
September 25, 2007
Craven combines the terrifying dream sequences of A Nightmare on Elm Street with the subtle and evocative atmospherics of Val Lewton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 25, 2007
Genuinely frightening.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
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.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
January 25, 2006
A lame documentary-flavored horror story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
The Serpent and the Rainbow has a screenplay that often breaks its spell.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
August 30, 2004
A trippy, guilty pleasure.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 27, 2004
Director Wes Craven learned that the scariest things often have nothing to do with special effects wizardry.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
November 4, 2003
A scary, hallucinogenic and underrated horror movie, and one of Wes Craven's best.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 19, 2003
Mildly effective "fact" based horror from Wes Craven.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 12, 2003
Genuinely chilling, one of Wes Craven's best.
| Original Score: 4/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
January 9, 2003
Possibly Craven's best -- an original voodoo thriller that's also primo Pullman
| Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 5, 2003
Craven tries something different, with mixed results
| Original Score: 2/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
An invisibly smart film, a lot brighter underneath than its surface gloss would suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
August 4, 2002
Wes Craven chiller that thinks it's ten times the picture it actually is.
| Original Score: 3/10
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