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The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

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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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In 1985, after a successful research in Amazonas, Dr. Dennis Alan from Harvard is invited by the president of a Boston pharmaceutics industry, Andrew Cassedy, to travel to Haiti to investigate the case of a man named Christophe that died in 1978 and has apparently returned to life. Andrew wants samples of the voodoo drug that was used in Christophe to be tested with the intention of producing a powerful anesthetic. Dr. Alan travels to meet Dr. Marielle Duchamp that is treating Christophe and arrives in Haiti in a period of revolution. Soon Alan is threatened by the chief of the feared Tonton Macuse Dargent Peytraud, who is a torturer and powerful witch. Alan learns that death is not the end in the beginning of his journey to hell. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

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Fantasy | Horror

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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

In the beginning of the film, the viewer is shown Christophe Durand's funeral, present at which is Dargent Peytraud who is looking very nervous. Later in the film it is revealed that Durand was poisoned with a zombie powder by Peytraud, and that this created the appearance of death with the powder "wearing off after about 12 hours". Giving that Durand is shown dieing in a hospital at around 8 or 9 the night before, and that the funeral is presumable the next morning shortly after sunrise, Peytraud's nervousness is adequately explained in that he is worried Durand will come out of his zombie spell before he is buried. See more »

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The movie mistakes the Cane Toad (an amphibian, bufo marinus) with the Sea Toad ("crapeau de mer") which is indeed a puffer fish. See more »

Quotes

Dargent Peytraud: When you wake up scream, Doctor Alan. Scream all you want. There is no escape from the grave.
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Crazy Credits

[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 Mallrats (1995) See more »

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Performed by Ensemble W. Sicot
Courtesy of Ansonia 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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