Bill Pullman stars as an anthropologist hired by a pharmaceutical company to go down to
People say that this is an underrated Wes Craven movie but I say it’s just lukewarm and dull. Craven treats the voodoo aspects of with deadly seriousness, which mostly zaps all of the energy out of the movie. While I’m glad Craven respected voodoo enough to and try to make the flick feel as authentic as possible, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be “good” or “scary”. The Serpent and the Rainbow is neither.
There is one standout moment when the bad guy drives a nail into
Number One: I wouldn’t be caught dead (or even undead) in
Number Two: This movie has way too many dream sequences and bad voodoo trips to be effective. It’s actually kinda irritating the more I think about it. I mean Bill Pullman will see a snake or something and he’ll wake up screaming, then he’ll turn around and see another snake and he’ll wake up screaming again. This shit gets old after awhile. It’s as if Craven said, “Hey weird dream scenes worked for A Nightmare on
Number Three: Okay, say that I DID go to
Of course by giving this movie a negative review, I’m probably opening myself up for zombification here. I can see it now. A disgruntled witch doctor reads this and gets all pissed off at me for dissing this flick. So what does he do? He comes to my door and blows Zombie Powder in my face and turns me into a Zombie Reviewer so I’ll give favorable reviews any and all voodoo movies. Now before you go and zombify me Mr. Witch Doctor Man; I want you to know that I did give *** ½ to I Walked With a Zombie and *** to White Zombie, which I consider to be the classics of the genre. (That’s not even counting Live and Let Die either.) Just think about that before you turn my brain into Jell-O.