A sloppy but ambitious mix of pop anthropology, political observation, and good old-fashioned Val Lewtonesque horror, THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW succeeds more often than it fails. Cult director Wes Craven reclaims the zombie from George Romero's LIVING DEAD films and returns it to the
Caribbean culture whence it sprang.
Dennis Alan (Bill Pullman) is a young scientist hired by an American pharmaceutical company to go to Haiti and uncover the secrets of zombification. Recent studies have proven the existence of actual zombies, and scientists suspect a drug or potion (the discovery of which could mean a fortune to
drug manufacturers looking for a new anesthetic) ...