The Serpent and the Rainbow
Directed by Wes Craven
This movie was based on Harvard trained ethnobotanist Wade Davis’s book, Passage of Darkness.
For being made in the 1980’s, The Serpent and the Rainbow was actually a pretty good movie and holds up well over time.
The Serpent and the Rainbow tells the story of Dennis Alan, played by Bill Pullman, on somewhat of a vision quest as he traverses the underworld of the Haitian voodoo and political community in search of the secrets of “zombification” so the pharmaceutical company he works for can possibly study it and market it as a surgical anesthetic.
What happened to Bill Pullman, anyways? Someone needs to put out an APB on this guy’s career. I have not seen him since he was saving democracy from aliens with Will Smith! The guy is a pretty good actor, good looking (Christina thinks he looks like Alexander Skaarsgard), and he was the LONE STAR! Did he die? Did he go on a Mel Gibson-esqe anti-semitic tirade and get blackballed from Hollywood? It just doesn’t make sense that you can go from headlining the biggest summer movie to straight-to-video gigs. Anyone?
I don’t want to give away too much as I think anyone reading this….*ah-hem* would enjoy it, so I’ll give you some highlights that might pull you in just a little deeper.
1. This movie isn’t really that scary, but its got a good creepy factor to it, with a supernatural element. The “zombies” aren’t the Dawn of the Dead type zombies we’ve grown to love on 31-in-31, but really just individuals under the influence of a poisoned powder in which the main ingredient is tetrodotoxin from the puffer fish. There is a supernatural twist that makes it a little more than just a drug haze.
2. Bill Pullman’s character has unprotected sex in Haiti! With Haiti having the highest rate of HIV in the Caribbean I thought this was a pretty horrifying scene.
We rate The Serpent and the Rainbow 87 puffer fishes out of 100.
October 5, 2013