My first experience with The Serpent and The Rainbow was as a part of a Stephen King’s World of Horror when I was a kid. That was a show that included cool scenes from various Horror movies, sometimes showing the behind the scenes or effects team building the coolness. The scene in question was the dinner where a very well dressed woman takes a big ol’ bite out of her wine glass and jumps on the table attacking Bill Pullman. It always stuck with me, and when I finally had the chance to see The Serpent and The Rainbow in full I was terrified by the entire thing. Afterall… it’s Voodoo, man. That shit is real, right? Wes Craven certainly made me a believer for a time. Now you have the chance to believe with the new Scream Factory Blu-ray.
This disc was treated with care and the transfer is very pretty with good black levels, clean and a good print to back it up. It’s the kind of release you’re glad exists after losing Craven this past year and the disc even makes note of that on an opening menu. This release features new artwork that is perfectly Voodoo and fitting of the film. The original artwork is available on the reverse for purists. The extra package is features a commentary with Bill Pullman and an making of featurette that also interviews Pullman as well as Author Wade Davis, Director Of Photography John Lindley And Special Effects Artists Lance Anderson And David Anderson.
This is one scary flick with a great soundtrack, a cast that makes you believe and effects that standout. It’s surreal without being inaccessible. Whenever I heard that a movie is based on a true story, I scoff, but I can’t when it comes to this movie. It feels real, and while there may be imagery that purely terrifying, it’s also believable and realistic. Do I believe they took the man on which Bill Pullman’s character is based, tied him to a chair and put a nail through his scrotum? Yep. I believe that. I know it happened, and I hold myself just thinking about it.
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Don't Bury Me... I'm Not Dead!
Wes Craven (A Nightmare On Elm Street, Scream) directs this terrifying story of one man's nightmarish journey into the blood-curdling, deadly world of voodoo.
A Harvard anthropologist (Bill Pullman, Lake Placid, Independence Day) 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-to-life experiences of Wade Davis, starring Cathy Tyson (Mona Lisa), Zakes Mokae (Dust Devil, Waterworld), Paul Winfield (The Terminator, Damnation Alley) and Michael Gough (Horror of Dracula, Batman), and filmed on location in Haiti, it's a frightening excursion into black magic and the supernatural!
NEW 2015 HD Transfer From The Interpositive Film Element
NEW Audio Commentary With Bill Pullman
NEW The Making Of The Serpent And The Rainbow Featuring New Interviews With Actor Bill Pullman, Author Wade Davis, Director Of Photography John Lindley And Special Effects Artists Lance Anderson And David Anderson
Original Theatrical Trailer And TV Spot