The Serpent and the Rainbow

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A Harvard anthropologist is sent to Haiti to retrieve a strange powder that is said to have the power to bring human beings back from the dead. In his quest to find the miracle drug, the cynical scientist enters the rarely seen netherworld of walking zombies, blood rites and ancient curses. Based on the true life experiences of Wade Davis and filmed on location in Haiti, it's a frightening excursion into black magic and the supernatural.

  1. Adam Rodman


  2. Richard Maxwell


  3. Wade Davis


  4. Wes Craven


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  1. Bill Pullman

    Bill Pullman

    Dennis Alan

  2. Cathy Tyson

    Cathy Tyson

    Marielle Duchamp

  3. Zakes Mokae

    Zakes Mokae

    Dargent Peytraud

  4. Paul Winfield

    Paul Winfield

    Lucien Celine

  5. Brent Jennings

    Brent Jennings

    Louis Mozart

  6. CR

    Conrad Roberts


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 38m

Budget $7,000,000.00

Revenue $19,595,031.00

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Release Information

  • February 5, 1988
    R, Theatrical



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