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The Serpent and the Rainbow Reviews

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October 9, 2016
Everyone loves zombies nowadays, but most people don't realize that the original zombies were typically mindless corpses that were reanimated via voodoo magic. These Zombies didn't hunger for human flesh, but rather would just follow the commands of the priest that raised them from the dead.
The Serpent and the Rainbow deals with voodoo zombies and greatly benefits from it. The settings are great and the acting is well done. Overall, I enjoyed this film far more than I was expecting. 4 stars
½ September 18, 2016
A pretty good 80's horror flick even though it drags in places. Probably a must watch for true horror fans.
½ June 19, 2016
De vez en cuando aparece una película en el género del terror que se siente fresca y nueva a pesar de que esté bebiendo de elementos que posiblemente ya se hubiesen usado con anterioridad. La serpiente y el Arcoiris es precisamente una de estas películas.

Sin duda se trata de una obra extraña dentro de la filmografía de Wes Craven, pero una que destaca con una luz especial, sobretodo por el tema tan interesante que trata y con el enfoque con el que lo trata.

Pocas veces he visto una película de Bill Pullman que mas me haya gustado.

¡Buen trabajo!
April 7, 2016
An interesting, fairly scary and certainty trippy horror film.
March 5, 2016
"The Serpent and the Rainbow" may be labeled as a Horror film, but it seemed to me that it was more of a Suspense/Thriller with Horror elements. Regardless, this film was pretty okay with a unique story about a zombie voodoo mystery (that was allegedly based/inspired by a true story), decent acting, & some shocking moments. Not too bad - a pretty good treat for Horror/Thriller fans!
½ November 3, 2015
A cultural trip with a very interesting story, but with a lack luster and expected ending that deminishes the impact the filom had before.
September 12, 2015
Interesting, three-dimensional characters and a solid plot. Not among my favorite Wes Craven films but well-done. It didn't resonate as "horror" with me - more of a cautionary tale with horror elements.
½ August 11, 2015
Black magic is damn sick stuff o.O
April 24, 2015
Not one of Wes Craven's finer moments. It went from uninteresting but watchable for the first 4/5ths, only to go bonkers there at the end. I finished watching it about an hour ago, and already forgot about it. It's that bad.
April 19, 2015
Great thoughts come out of this old but advanced film. 10 out of 10
April 15, 2015
Solid thriller that has some chills but not enough to warrant a second viewing.Wes should invest more in these type of plot driven horror.
February 21, 2015
Felt like the movie took itself too seriously during its Bill Pullman silliness. That said, the book it's based on does look interesting (film adaptation adds over the top fiction-ness)
December 22, 2014
a beautiful film. generally underrated and very recommendable, though no true masterpiece of horror - even if it has all the ingredients to be one. it lacks a bit of suspense and is too heavy on the effects side of things. on the other hand i'm still searching for something that rivals this film in psychedelic atmosphere and exotic density. if you can't get enough of haitian vodoun read the book by wade davis.
½ December 18, 2014
It seem a bit of bad advertising when the poster of the movie has a person who looks like a bit of a demon, and has marks on the person's face. It has the main guy with the marks on his face, but there's no demon looking person. The plot really interest me, realizing that it's not entirely a zombie movie. The acting is good, especially from Bill Pullman. Knowing that Wes Craven directed this, there's bound to be some effective scares, and there actually is. It's hard to believe that it's a true story, but in a good way. But then there's some scenes that I really don't think it really happened. The effects are good, it's got good characters, and the place where it takes place at is really cool. It has problems, but horror or Wes Craven fans would really enjoy Serpent and the Rainbow, and people who aren't might like this too.
½ November 24, 2014
Potential unrealized
½ October 25, 2014
Wes Craven's The Serpent and the Rainbow fails to stand up to the test of time and has mostly disappeared into the annals of horror history, and some might argue for a good reason, as the movie ultimately doesn't stand up to the other unique movies in the genre that Craven has directed due to its interesting premise being marred by a weak script, and even weaker scares.
October 9, 2014
Bill Pulman charisma kept me engage in the story. Jump scares, creepy moments, non-stop rythm, yes, that's a Wes Craven movie.
½ October 9, 2014
Have you ever see a man pull off his own head and throw it at someone? well you have now
July 5, 2014
I did not care for each frame and each moment, especially when it boasts some unintentional laughs. For a movie inspired by an actual event, this has to be the worst one that was ever made.
Super Reviewer
½ June 22, 2014
A very subversive film for its time, "The Serpent and the Rainbow" deals with the real world of zombie culture in Hait,i and its folklore. Craven appropriates the culture for the film but stays very true to the legends of zombification which have floated around for hundreds of years. He threads through a storyline about a mad zombie priest and his many followers. The story also has an American scientist, played by Pullman, who tries to use a zombification powder for medicinal purposes. The story isn't all that horrifying, because the villain of the story isn't all that frightening. What he can do is very scary, and the hold he has over others is horrifying, but he himself is just an old man with limited power. What makes the film entertaining are all the hallucinations that Pullman has, including getting sucked into the ground and being controlled, even from far away. For that reason Craven's film still stands as a very frightening exploration of Haitian culture.
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