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The Serpent and the Rainbow Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:September 1, 1988

Cast

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

Crew

Wes Craven
Director
Rob Cohen
Producer
Keith Barish
Producer
Wes Craven
Screenwriter
A.R. Simoun
Screenwriter
Richard Maxwell
Screenwriter
John Lindley
Cinematographer
Brad Fiedel
Composer (Music Score)
Glenn Farr
Editor
David Nichols
Production Designer
David Brisbin
Art Director
David Ladd
Co-producer
Doug Claybourne
Co-producer
Rob Cohen
Executive Producer
Keith Barish
Executive Producer
Dawn Snyder
Set Designer
Peter Mitchell
Costume Designer
Donald Summer
Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Gutierrez
Special Effects
Bob Engelman
First Assistant Director
Tony Cecere
Stunts
Dianne Crittenden
Casting
Gary Gutierrez
Special Effects Supervisor
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