The Ser­pent And The Rain­bow

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated dvd & blu-ray - Nick Setch­field

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

1988 | 18 | Blu- ray/ DVD

“The fol­low­ing is in­spired by a true story,” de­clares a ti­tle card. By the time a corpse in a bridal gown vom­its a snake from its mouth you’re ei­ther re­con­sid­er­ing your hold on re­al­ity or ap­plaud­ing shame­less movie huck­ster­ism.

Lib­er­ally adapt­ing Wade Davis’s book about the power of voodoo, this is an un­re­con­structed ’ 30s zom­bie flick in ’ 80s drag. A hammy Bill Pull­man, dressed for Miami Vice, heads to Haiti on be­half of a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany, keen to ex­ploit the juju- wear­ing lo­cals.

Night­mare On Elm Street helmer Wes Craven just about res­cues this over­cooked tale with a gift for at­mos­phere and some mem­o­rable images, even if a mon­strous hand reach­ing from a bowl of soup is pure Cream of Freddy.

Ex­tras: Trailer.

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