FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: The Serpent and the Rainbow

Co-presented by Scream Factory

One of Wes Craven’s more underrated horrors, 1988′s The Serpent and the Rainbow is a classy supernatural thriller, more comfortable in the company of The Exorcist than A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, or Last House On the Left. The story of a doctor (the always dependable Bill Pullman) who travels to Haiti to create an anesthetic from a voodoo drug, The Serpent and the Rainbow favors tension and atmosphere over guts and grue, but that doesn’t make it any less terrifying a ride. Featuring one of the most harrowing live burials ever committed to film, Craven’s assured directing and a tight script make this one of the best movies about voodoo zombies to date. Help us bang the drum and wake the dead in appreciation of this top-shelf chiller from a recently passed master.

Dir. Wes Craven, 1988, 35mm, 98 min.

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