The Serpent and the Rainbow

Synopsis: In 1985, after a successful research in Amazonas, Dr. Dennis Alan from Harvard is invited by the president of a Boston pharmaceutics industry, Andrew Cassedy, to travel to Haiti to investigate the case of a man named Christophe that died in 1978 and has apparently returned to life. Andrew wants samples of the voodoo drug that was used in Christophe to be tested with the intention of producing a powerful anesthetic. Dr. Alan travels to meet Dr. Marielle Duchamp that is treating Christophe and arrives in Haiti in a period of revolution. Soon Alan is threatened by the chief of the feared Tonton Macuse Dargent Peytraud, who is a torturer and powerful witch. Alan learns that death is not the end in the beginning of his journey to hell.
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Director(s): Wes Craven
  1 nomination.
98 min

Allez avec bon Dieu.





Field notes. Dr Dennis Alan,

Rio Negro Botanical Expedition...

... August 15, 1985.

At the clearing of the shaman An Hango...

... regarded as the most powerful

spiritual man in the Amazon.

There's something strange in the air

today. Even my pilot's nervous.

If I were superstitious, I'd say

that something was closing in on me.

The shaman senses it too. He decides,

in his own off-the-wall way...

... to show me what it is.

Tell him I'm very appreciative.

Harvard thanks him.

His potions will make a good medicine

that will be helpful for many people.

Now he wants you to drink it. He says

he has something he wants you to see.

You know what you'll see

if you drink that sh*t? Stars, amigo.

Let's get outta here.

Like I said, for the road.

It's good. It's very good.

Thank you.


No! No!




Hey. I thought

you'd taken off without me.

I owe you one, pal.

Something much more evil and powerful

than the shaman or his men...

... has killed my pilot.

I know this as clearly as I feel

the darkness and cold closing in on me.


Hey! Hey!


I'm only home for a week when I get a

call from my old professor and friend...

... Earl Schoonbacher.

He's a consultant for

a pharmaceutical company...

... and says he has

an interesting job offer.

Ah, Dennis. This is Dr Cassedy,

the head of Boston Biocorp.

- How do you do, sir?

- Hi, how do you do?

Boy, it's a pleasure.

I'm impressed. 200 miles

through the Amazon, on foot, alone?

Not alone. They showed him

his animal spirit, his totem.

The jaguar guided him

back to us, safe and sound.

Well, we here at Boston Biocorp...

...we deal in science

and medicine, not magic.

So whether you came by Jaguar

or Mercedes-Benz, who cares?

What I care about is you came back

with plants and native medicines...

...that no one has been able to collect.

What do you know about zombification?

- Pardon me?

- Zombification?

The process of making zombies.

The living dead.

Just what I've seen on the Late Show.

This is the death certificate

of Christophe Durand...

...and the doctor's report.

Mr. Durand displayed negative pulse,

no heartbeat, no respirations... pupil dilation, no brain waves,

no response to pain, and he was buried.

He was put into a coffin... and buried.

The date on that certificate

is seven years ago.

This photograph was taken one week

ago at a clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

That man is Christophe Durand.

The same, and very much alive.

Maybe Durand had a twin.


Hospital error. You know,

right name, wrong corpse.


No, we had it verified by Dr Duchamp -

the one who sent us the photographs.

If you don't like "zombie",

choose another word.

But the fact is that somebody

brought him back from the grave.

And I wanna know... how they did it.

- You really believe this?

- The Haitians surely do.

A drug.

It has to be a drug then, right?

Anesthesia. That's what I was thinking.

A new anesthetic that could

revolutionize medicine.

Now, what if this zombie drug

could be discovered?

are lost on the operating table...

...not because of surgery,

but because of anesthetic shock.

saved in the US alone, Doctor.

And more worldwide,

if properly marketed.

It could be

more complicated than drugs.

It could be the proof,

perhaps, of the soul.

Come on, Schoonie,

where is the location of the soul?

Under the hood? Next to the battery?

No, the soul begins

and ends with the brain.

This drug, this is something totally new.

We don't have anything that can put

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