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5 February 1988 (USA) See more »
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Don't bury me...I'm not dead!
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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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
 
Stunts
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 Patrao .... assistant music editor
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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Runtime:
98 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Wes Craven confirmed in interview that unlike some of his previous films, his first cut of The Serpent and the Rainbow got R rating without any problems by MPAA.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: At Captain Peytraud's first meeting with Dr. Alan, Peytraud wears his full Haitan Tonton Macoute uniform including a row of several award ribbons. All of these ribbons are in fact United States armed forces decorations - clearly visible are the Vietnam Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon, and the Army Good Conduct Medal.See more »
Quotes:
Louis Mozart:You are still alive.
Dennis Alan:Yeah, I noticed.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Scream: The Inside Story (2011) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Fiere HaitiSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old British BBFC 18 Version and the Uncensored Version?
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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, But Could Be Even Better, 5 October 2004
Author: jcanettis from Athens, Greece

The best thing about "The Serpent and the Rainbow" is probably the topic it covers: Not known to the general public (including me, until I watched the film and researched the subject a little more afterwards), the so-called zombies, which legend has it that they are people who were condemned by sorcerers to become living deads, are in fact nothing more than the victims of a special powder thrown to them, whose active ingredient is a substance which is now well-known by scientists worldwide. This substance has the effect of rendering the person in a dead-like state (no ostensible breathing, moving, etc.), while his brain is still lively (which means that the horrified person is even able to understand what surrounds him, without being able to do anything about it); in such cases, an inexperienced doctor claims the person deceased, and he is then put into a grave. When the effect of this substance starts to diminish after 12-24 hours, the sorcerer is usually there to undig the completely shocked and shattered person, convincing him that he is now his zombie-slave.

The movie is based on a true story by a scientist (Pullman) who went to Haiti, a country were such practices were rife, in order to get his hands on this substance and provide it to his employer, a pharmaceutical company, in order to analyze it and use it as an anaesthetic. In his quest he was assisted by a female local psychiatrist (Tyson), who treated several "zombified" people. However, he soon realized that things were much more complicated than that, as the police chief (Mokae), who used this zombie-trick as one of his suppression tools, was quite unhappy with this intrusion.

Although based on a very interesting story, the movie goes a bit far and becomes a typical horror film, full of black magic, terrifying visions, etc. In my opinion, it would be much better if the plot sticked to the basics, as from some point onwards everything (and especially the ending) becomes too unconvincing.

The cast does a fair job, despite the fact that it includes actors not widely known. The make-up and scenery produce and impressive atmosphere, traveling the viewer to the mystifying secrets of Haiti.

Grade: 7/10.

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