Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Serpent and the Rainbow

The Serpent and the Rainbow is a 1988 Wes Craven horror film. It is loosely based on the book telling the true story of Clairvius Narcisse, who was reportedly turned into a zombie.


Moria notes the displeasure of the author of the book it's based on. DVD Talk calls it "very creepy stuff, a serious horror film that mixes voodoo terror with political terror to induce a number of nervous chills". says it "is one of the very best thrillers of the decade, a feast of both cinematography and nightmare imagery."

Roger Ebert calls it "uncanny in the way it takes the most lurid images and makes them plausible." The Rotten Tomatoes critics score is 61%.


  1. I remember seeing this film years ago. It was scary and gave me chills. Not sure I would give it such high marks, but I'm really not much of one for this type of movie. It was a real scare fest as I remember it. Thanks for the review, though.

    1. I think a lot of horror movies don't age well, this among them, and I'd have been more affected if I'd seen it closer to the time of its release. Like you, I was never much one for these kinds of movies and am just now seeing them decades too late for them to have their full effect.