The Serpent and the Rainbow (film)

The Serpent And The Rainbow (Film)

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The Serpent and the Rainbow (film)

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The Serpent and the Rainbow is a 1988 American voodoo–horror film, directed by Wes Craven and starring Bill Pullman. The film is very loosely based on the non-fiction book of the same name by ethnobotanist Wade Davis.

Davis' book recounted his experiences in Haiti investigating the story of Clairvius Narcisse, who was allegedly poisoned and buried alive. When he was released from the grave, he was given an herbal brew whose effects produced what was called a zombie.


Dennis Alan, an ethnobotanist/anthropologist from Harvard University, narrowly escapes the Amazon Jungle and returns to Boston. Word of his exploits gets around, and he is approached by a large pharmaceutical corporation looking to investigate a drug used in Voodoo religion in Haiti. They want to acquire it for mass production. They send him to Haiti to find out about the drug, but he learns more about the process of making zombies instead. He discovers the drug is an alternate and less dangerous method of anesthesia.

When Alan arrives in Haiti, the country is in the middle of a revolution. Alan meets another doctor, Marielle, who helps him research and investigate the so-called zombies. Alan finds the negative side of Vodou religion, which can destroy the mind.

Alan's exploration in Haiti to find the "zombie drug" draws the attention of the authorities. As they have used the zombie legends to create fear in the population, they do not want the secrets revealed. The commander of the...... ...
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