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The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

 -  Horror  -  5 February 1988 (USA)
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An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.

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Dennis Allan is a scientist who visits Haiti on the strength of a rumour of a drug which renders the recipient totally paralyzed but conscious. The drug's effects often fool doctors, who declare the victims dead. Could this be the origin of the "zombie" legend? Alan embarks on a surprising and often surreal investigation of the turbulent social chaos that is Haiti during the revolution which ousted hated dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier. Often a pawn in a greater game, Alan must decide what is science, what is superstition, and what is the unknown in a anarchistic society where police corruption and witch-doctory are commonplace. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Don't bury me...I'm not dead!

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5 February 1988 (USA)  »

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La serpiente y el arco iris  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$19,595,031 (USA)
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Trivia

Due to political strife and civil turmoil in Haiti during the production, the local government informed the film crew that they could not guarantee their safety for the remainder of the shoot. The crew subsequently relocated to nearby Dominican Republic to complete filming. See more »

Goofs

At about the 1:05 mark a computer screen shows the word "specimen" misspelled as "speciman". See more »

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Dennis Alan: Don't let them bury me! I'm not dead!
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[Opening card] In the legends of voodoo the Serpent is a symbol of Earth. The Rainbow is a symbol of Heaven. Between the two, all creatures must live and die. But because he has a soul Man can be trapped in a terrible place Where death is only the beginning. See more »

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Referenced in The Wizard of Gore (2007) See more »

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Fiere Haiti
Performed by A. Charles Dessalines
Courtesy of ADC Records
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Zombies in modern times, would you expect the movie to be good?
19 July 2001 | by (Earth,3rd planet of system Sol) – See all my reviews

Much to my surprise, this film was actually an excellent horror flick, one that I plan to watch again some day. I am glad a friend of mine recommended the movie to me, I am just hoping others will find the time to look into it.

Even more, if the story actually is based on a "true story", I will shudder at the thought of it...


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