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The Serpent and the Rainbow

The Serpent and the Rainbow

Bill Pullman
Director: Wes Craven Cast: Bill Pullman
Bill Pullman
, Cathy Tyson
Cathy Tyson
, Zakes Mokae
Zakes Mokae
Wes Craven


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Horror maven Wes Craven attempted a slight change of pace from his usual slasher movie milieu with this chiller loosely based on a true story. Bill Pullman stars as Dennis Alan, a Harvard researcher sent to Haiti by a pharmaceutical company to investigate the zombie legend and any possible connection it might have to a rumored drug that could be used as a new breed of powerful anaesthetic. Once on the Caribbean isle, Alan is aided by a good voodoo priest or "houngan" (Paul Winfield) and his daughter (Cathy Tyson), who runs a local clinic. Alan's search also pits him against an evil houngan, Dargent Peytraud (Zakes Mokae). Peytraud also controls the Tonton Macoute (the Haitian secret police), who are involved with soon-to-be-deposed dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier. The Serpent and the Rainbow was based on the book of the same name by Wade Davis, an ethnobotanist whose real-life hunt for the zombie drug was credited with cracking the medical mystery behind the myth.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2016
UPC: 0826663165579
Original Release: 1987
Rating: R
Source: Shout Factory
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 2,061

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Pullman Dennis Alan
Cathy Tyson Marielle Duchamp
Zakes Mokae Dargent Peytraud
Paul Winfield Lucien Celine
Brent Jennings Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Michael Gough Schoonbacher
Conrad Roberts Christophe
Badja Djola Gaston
Theresa Merritt Simone
Paul Guilfoyle Andrew Cassedy
Dey Young Mrs. Cassedy
Aleta Mitchell Celestine
William Newman French Missionary Doctor
Michael Jackson Newscaster
Tony Cecere Actor
Francis Guinan American Doctor

Technical Credits
Wes Craven Director,Screenwriter
Lance Anderson Makeup,Makeup Special Effects
David Leroy Anderson Makeup Special Effects
Keith Barish Executive Producer
David Brisbin Art Director
Tony Cecere Stunts
Doug Claybourne Co-producer
Rob Cohen Executive Producer
Dianne Crittenden Casting
Bob Engelman Asst. Director
Glenn Farr Editor
Brad Fiedel Score Composer
Gary Gutierrez Special Effects,Special Effects Supervisor
David Ladd Co-producer
John Lindley Cinematographer
Richard Maxwell Screenwriter
Peter Mitchell Costumes/Costume Designer
David Nichols Production Designer
A.R. Simoun Screenwriter
Dawn Snyder Set Decoration/Design
Donald Summer Sound/Sound Designer

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