Saturday, October 15, 2016

31 Days of Horror #10 The Serpent and the Rainbow *1/2 (1987)

One of horror master Wes Craven's lesser efforts, The Serpent and the Rainbow is more travelogue than horror. Set in 1970s Haiti, the story follows a Harvard anthropologist played by Bill Pullman who investigates a potion used for Voodoo rituals that can induce someone into a death like state. American pharmaceutical companies take an interest. Everything is muddled, especially the performances.  The political subplot never gets off the ground as if the script lost interest.  As usual Craven includes some ghoulish imagery that's memorable, but the entire movie meanders from one dead end to another.  A dour and muddled affair in need of a tighter script - and dare I say more focused direction. The trailer and movie poster imply a far more terrifying film.

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