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Bill Pullman ... Dennis Alan
Cathy Tyson ... Marielle Duchamp

Zakes Mokae ... Dargent Peytraud

Paul Winfield ... Lucien Celine

Brent Jennings ... Louis Mozart

Conrad Roberts ... Christophe
Badja Djola ... Gaston

Theresa Merritt ... Simone

Michael Gough ... Schoonbacher

Paul Guilfoyle ... Andrew Cassedy

Dey Young ... Mrs. Cassedy
Aleta Mitchell ... Celestine
William Newman ... French Missionary Doctor
Jaime Pina Gautier ... Julio (as Jaime Piña Gautier)
Evencio Mosquera Slaco ... Old Shaman
Kimberleigh Aarn ... Margrite (as Kimberleigh Burroughs)
Philogen Thomas ... Priest
Ana Rosa Smith Avila ... Mulatto Nurse

Francis Guinan ... American Doctor
Sally-Anne Munn ... Nurse / Intern
Jean-Baptiste Rosvelt ... Black Waiter
Robert De James ... Old Lame Peasant
Jackson Delgado ... Possessed Dancer
Barbara Guillaume ... Mozart's Whore
Betty García Rodríguez ... Pretty Whore
Luis Tavare Pesquera ... Kyle Cassedy
Claudia Pimentel ... Old Crone
Michael Jackson ... Newscaster
Diamanda Galás ... Voices of the Dead (voice)
Ti-Blanc ... Lucien's Dancers Master of Ceremonies
Marie Carmel Noel ... Glass Eater
Frantz Thomas ... Coal Eater
Johnny Pephanon ... Man With Needles (as Johnny Pephanor)
Lucienne Charles ... Houngan Dancer
Suzette Cajusle ... Houngan Dancer (as Suzette Cajuste)
Rosemary Sylvain ... Houngan Dancer
Iversose Beuville ... Houngan Dancer (as Iverose Beuville)
Maxo Fercilien ... Houngan Dancer
Jacques Achilles ... Houngan Dancer
Francesco Chavez ... Houngan Dancer (as Francisco Chavez)
Saveur D'Orlean ... Houngan Drummer (as Sauveur D'Orlean)
Maurice Altenor ... Houngan Drummer
Miguel Valdez ... Houngan Drummer
Elías Gastavo ... Houngan Drummer (as Elías Gustavo)
Harold Désiré ... Houngan Drummer
Buche ... Bizango Dancers Master of Ceremonies
Providenia Alcántara ... Bizango Dancers Lead Singer (as Providencia Alcántara)
Dikatel Charles ... Bizango Dancer
Ana Ramirez ... Bizango Dancer
Rosa Bautista ... Bizango Dancer
Juliana José ... Bizango Dancer
Josiana Sant Louis ... Bizango Dancer
Jean Pierre ... Bizango Dancer
Otilio Nerius ... Bizango Dancer
Venat Ruis ... Bizango Dancer
Ramon Cherry ... Bizango Dancer
Rosa Charles ... Bizango Dancer
Luis Telemako ... Bizango Drummer
Federico Núñez ... Bizango Drummer
Americo José ... Bizango Drummer
Gérard Matonbe ... Bizango Drummer
Robert Regaldo ... Bizango Drummer

Directed by
Wes Craven 
Writing credits
Wade Davis (inspired by the book)

Richard Maxwell (screenplay) and
Adam Rodman (screenplay) (as A.R. Simoun)

Produced by
Keith Barish .... executive producer
Doug Claybourne .... producer
Rob Cohen .... executive producer
Robert Engelman .... co-producer
Victoria Kluge .... associate producer
David Ladd .... producer
David B. Pauker .... associate producer
Original Music by
Brad Fiedel 
Cinematography by
John Lindley 
Film Editing by
Glenn Farr 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
Production Design by
David Nichols 
Art Direction by
David Brisbin 
Set Decoration by
Rosemary Brandenburg 
Costume Design by
Peter Mitchell 
Makeup Department
David LeRoy Anderson .... special makeup effects artist (as Dave Anderson)
Lance Anderson .... special makeup effects artist
Michelle Bühler .... key makeup artist
Jeffrey S. Farley .... makeup technician (as Jeff Farley)
Robert Hallowell II .... key hair stylist (as Robert Hallowell)
James Kagel .... makeup technician
Leonard MacDonald .... makeup technician
Michael Shawn McCracken .... makeup effects lab technician
Jim McPherson .... makeup technician (as James McPherson)
Production Management
Michael Bennett .... unit production manager
Curtis Burch .... production executive
Juanita F. Diana .... production manager: Colossal Pictures/USFX (as Juanita Diana)
Jaime Pina Gautier .... production manager: Dominican Republic (as Jaime Piña Gautier)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rob Cohen .... second unit director
Robert Engelman .... first assistant director (as Bob Engelman)
George P. Gregg .... second assistant director
Miguel Heded .... additional second assistant director
José Luis Ortega .... additional second assistant director
Felipe Vicini .... additional second assistant director
Art Department
Gabriel Baez .... foreman: Dominican Republic
Michael Baker .... art assistant: Colossal Pictures/USFX (as F. Michael Baker)
Barbara Bayne .... art assistant: Colossal Pictures/USFX
John Beauvais .... scenic painter
Carl Copeland .... construction coordinator
Ken Counts .... construction foreman
Jonathan Craven .... on-set dresser
Ricardo Dalmasy-Duluc .... swing gang
Barry Franenberg .... leadman
James Hegedus .... sketch artist
Jose Hernandez .... swing gang
George Hinzo .... scenic painter
Heidi Holman .... art production coordinator: Colossal Pictures/USFX
Andy Keesee .... assistant art director
Linda Kiffe .... assistant props
Jess Moreno .... swing gang
Victor Nuñez .... swing gang
Bruce Pierce .... sketch artist
Daniela Prati .... set dresser
Jeannette Rodriguez .... props
Héctor Romero .... construction liaison
Emma Sanchez .... art department assistant
Juan Santana .... art department messenger
Dawn Snyder .... set designer
Charles Stewart .... property master
Juan Diego Vasquez .... draftsman
Chris Snyder .... construction foreman: reshoots (uncredited)
Sound Department
Andy Aaron .... sound effects recordist
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
John Benson .... supervising sound editor
Carolina Beroza .... assistant sound editor
Jay Boekelheide .... sound designer
Jay Boekelheide .... supervising sound editor
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Margaret Carlton .... assistant sound editor (as Margaret Bentley)
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Cope .... assistant sound editor
Christine Danelski .... assistant sound editor
Bruce Fortune .... dialogue editor
Dan Gleich .... sound effects recordist
Laura Graham .... assistant sound editor
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Dorian Harris .... adr editor
Cliff Latimer .... dialogue editor (as Clifford Latimer)
Mary Helen Leasman .... foley editor
Christine Lemoine .... utility sound
John Morris .... adr editor
Thomas O'Shea .... assistant sound editor
Dean Okrand .... sound re-recording mixer
Daniel Ortiz .... assistant sound editor
Sara Roberts .... sound effects editor
Steve Sollars .... boom operator
Don Summer .... sound mixer (as Donald Summer)
Amy Vincent .... assistant sound editor
Claus Wedemann .... dolby consultant (as Claus Weideman)
Brian Hackett .... sound assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Troy Porter .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bob Ahmanson .... special effects technician
Peter Chesney .... special effects coordinator
Robin L. D'Arcy .... special effects coordinator: Image Engineering (as Robin D'Arcy)
Bruce D. Hayes .... special effects key technician (as Bruce Hayes)
Emmet Kane .... special effects technician
Sandra Stewart .... special effects assistant
Peter Stolz .... pyrotechnician
Visual Effects by
Japhet Asher .... visual effects producer
Stuart Cudlitz .... optical supervisor: Colossal Pictures/USFX
Mark Freund .... optical effects: Illusion Arts
Gary Gutierrez .... visual effects supervisor
Sherry Halstead .... computer graphics
Terry Molatore .... rotoscope: Colossal Pictures/USFX (as Terry Sittig)
Marcy Page .... animator: Colossal Pictures/USFX
Anthony Cecere .... stunt coordinator (as Tony Cecere)
Eric Chambers .... stunts (as Erik Chambers)
Dane Farwell .... stunts
Al Lee .... stunts
Irving E. Lewis .... stunts (as Irwin Lewis)
Eric Mansker .... stunts (as Erik Mansker)
Perry Nichols .... stunts
Mark Orrison .... stunts
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunts
Marvin Walters .... stunts
Ray Woodfork .... stunts
Anthony Cecere .... stunts: fire gag (uncredited)
Dane Farwell .... stunt double: Bill Pullman (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Freddy Aquino .... electrician
Rafael Arias .... electrician
Findlay Bunting .... second assistant camera
Jon Caradies .... grip: Colossal Pictures/USFX
John Carney .... electrician
Alan Caso .... steadicam operator
Ario Cruz .... grip
Gary Farr .... still photographer
Rick Fee .... assistant steadicam operator
Ken Ferris .... camera operator
Rick Fichter .... director of photography: Colossal Pictures/USFX
John Gazdik .... camera assistant: Colossal Pictures/USFX
Len Gittleman .... additional photography
Sean Grey .... generator operator
Gregg Heschong .... additional photography: Colossal Pictures/USFX (as Greg Heschong)
Jan M. Heyneker .... key grip: Colossal Pictures/USFX (as Jan Heyneker)
George A. Hock .... electrician (as George Hock)
Lawrence Karman .... first assistant camera (as Larry Karman)
George Koblasa .... additional photography
Dwight Joseph Lavers .... dolly grip (as Dwight Lavers)
Luis Llinas .... grip
Henry Lynk .... additional camera operator
Jose Del Carmen Martinez .... grip (as Jose del C. Martinez)
Larry McCarron .... grip
Michael A. McFadden .... electrician (as Michael McFadden)
Gordon Miller .... second assistant camera
Daniel Pershing .... best boy grip
Tim Pershing .... key grip (as Timothy Pershing)
Gustavo J. Reynoso .... grip
Michael Whitehurst .... grip: Colossal Pictures/USFX
Casting Department
Heig Beck .... extras casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Sarah C. Koeppe .... casting assistant: New York
Sue Parker .... location casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shawn Barry .... costume supervisor (as Shawn Barrie)
Lynda Foote .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Peter Amundson .... additional editor
James A. Brewer .... apprentice editor (as James Brewer)
Clayton Corrie .... post-production assistant
Phil Downey .... color timer
Joe Heffernan .... post-production assistant
Mike Murphy .... assistant editor (as Michael Murphy)
Julie Offer .... apprentice editor
Bill Ohanesian .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jim Boyer .... music supervisor: Olatunji tracks
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Donna Cline .... music research
Babatunde Olatunji .... musician: percussion
Mary Parker .... assistant music editor (as Mary Patrao)
Robert Randles .... music editor
Allan K. Rosen .... supervising music editor
Transportation Department
Lawson Ellison .... transportation coordinator (as Lawson 'Whitey' Ellison)
Hugh Kelly .... transportation co-captain
Luis Felipe Kluge .... dispatcher
Robert Meisner .... transportation captain
Other crew
Nicole Alvarez .... dialogue coach: creole
Alberto Arvelo .... animal handler: domestic animal
Mark Billingsley .... production assistant: Colossal Pictures/USFX
Janice Convery .... key production assistant
Carmen De Lavallade .... special choreographer
Francia Decamps .... production assistant
Mario Delatour .... production liaison: Haiti
Loolee DeLeon .... production coordinator
Stel Deleon .... production secretary
Nora Dunfee .... dialect coach
Phil Frieborn .... production assistant: Colossal Pictures/USFX
Mariella Garcia .... production assistant
Elvis Guzman .... military liaison (as Lt. Elvis Guzman)
Joe Heffernan .... production assistant
Nancy Hynes .... production secretary
Ramiro Jaloma .... production consultant
Victoria Kluge .... production associate
Patrick Kohouten .... utility stand-in (as Patrick Kohoutek)
Alexandra Lutaud .... production assistant
Marianne Maddalena .... assistant: Mr. Craven
Dianne Mapp-Cheek .... production auditor (as Dianne Cheek)
Antonio Marcelli .... production consultant
Abdelilah Marrakchi .... assistant auditor
Steve Martin .... head animal trainer
Trish McCall .... utility stand-in
Michael Mercedes .... caterer
Martha Miniño .... set doctor (as Dr. Martha Miniño)
Pedro Molina .... craft service
Denise Morgan .... assistant auditor
Ren Navez .... location manager
Eugenia Orlowski .... assistant auditor
Musset Payant .... utility stand-in
Jim Picciolo .... animal handler: insect
Jim Picciolo .... animal handler: snake
John Rehmann .... animal trainer
Ivan Reynoso .... location assistant
Juan Rodriguez .... choreographer
Michelangelo Santana .... location assistant
Jill Simpson .... assistant to producers
Adam Smith .... production assistant
Carmen Soriano .... script supervisor
Sally Syberg .... assistant: Gary Gutierrez (as Sally A. Syberg)
Julia Tavares .... anthropologist
Gerry Therrien .... animal trainer
Edna Tromans .... unit publicist
Robbie Tucker .... production associate
Raul Maria Ventura .... craft service
Marcelo Victoria .... military liaison (as Col. Marcelo Victoria)
Daniel Wheatcroft .... studio executive
Henriette Wiese .... location coordinator
Johan Wiese .... craft service
Cynthia Zajonc .... production assistant: Colossal Pictures/USFX (as Cynthia van Alstyne)

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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 »
Continuity: The necklace Lucien puts on Dennis' neck before he got poisoned changes the positions between shots. However, in a lower position from back view, higher position from front view.See more »
Lucien Celine:Whatever happens, death is not the end.See more »
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Referenced in Mallrats (1995)See more »
Prend CourageSee more »


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13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
There are secrets on this island that we even keep from ourselves, 27 August 2005
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

***SPOILERS*** At the start of the film "The Serpant and the Rainbow" we see Anthropologist Dennis Alan, Paul Pullman,drink a potion made up for him by an old tribal shaman,Evencio Mosquera Slaco. it's that potion that saves Alan's life by guiding him back 200 miles to civilization from the dense and dangerous Amazon jungles but at the same time causes him to have mind-bending hallucinations for the rest of he movie.

Back in Boston Alan is contacted by his old friend Prof. Shoonbacker, Michael Gough,about going to the island nation of Haiti to find out for the pharmaceutical company, Boston Bio Corps, that he represents. Prof. Shoonbacker wants Alan to find out if there's any truth to what is known as Zombies and if so to find out and bring back what kind of drug is used to create them. Alan was to find on that strife-torn island at lot more that he could have ever expected or imagined.

Arriving in Haiti Alan gets in touch with Dr.Maricelle Duchamp, Cathy Tyson, who runs a hospital in Port-Au-Prince and has evidence that Zombie's do exist. Finding Christophe ,Corad Roberts, legally dead yet wondering aimlessly around in a local graveyard convinces Alan that there's something to this myth of the walking dead.

Tracking down the person who can make the drug, that put's people in this suspended animation that's mistaken for death, Louis Mozert, Brent Jennings, Alan is further convinced when Mozert gives the drug to a goat who suddenly dies after eating it and then the next day finds the goat alive and well. Giving Mozart $500.00 for a sample of this "Zombie" drug Alan goes back to the US to have it tested by the laboratories of Boston Bio Corps.

What Alan doesn't know is that he's been put under a spell by the brutal Baby Doc Duvalier's, the Haitian president for life, chief of the dreaded Tonton Macoute Baby Doc's secret police Dargent Peytraud, Zakes Mokae, that cause his mind to go haywire. The only way to break it is for Alan to go back to the island and confront and battle Peytruad at is own game, voodoo, or end up going insane.

"The Sepernt and the Rainbow" is a lot like the movies "I Walked with a Zombie" and "Premature Burial" in that it's more realistic in it's subject matter and tries to keep the supernatural angle in check and not let it overwhelm it's story. There is a drug, like in the movie, that cause simulated death called Tedrodotoxin and at the conclusion of the film were told that no scientific study has been able to figure out just how it works on humans, and animals, in causing their heart to stop yet keep them alive.

Even though there are a number of gruesome scenes in the movie like decapitation's and immolation's as well as cannibalism nothing can compare, or condition you, to the horror of being unknowingly buried alive and not being able to scream in order to prevent that terrifying act from happening and In the film "The Serpent and the Rainbow" it happens twice not once. With all the mind-blowing special effects in "The Serpent and the Rainbow" The most eye-popping scene in the movie has to do with modern day Voodoo Priest Lucien Celine, Paul Winfield, going bananas and literally screwing his head off.

The final sequence in the movie has Alan having it out with the crazed yet cunning Peytraud as the people of Haiti finally revolt and throw Baby Doc out of power and out of the country. Peytraud who had the souls of his victims, who he turned into Zombies over the years, stored in sealed urns break out and then bring the madman of Port-Au-Prince to ultimate and final justice in what has to be the ending to end all endings.

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