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The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) 35th Anniversary on 35mm

Opens on March 3

Director: Wes Craven Run Time: 98 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1988

Starring: Bill Pullman, Brent Jennings, Cathy Tyson, Paul Winfield, Zakes Mokae

Country: United States
Language: English, French, Spanish

About the film:

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.

Filmed on location in Haiti, The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) is a frightening excursion into black magic and the supernatural, loosely based on the anthropological investigation and personal adventure book of the same name by ethnobotanist Wade Davis.

About the filmmaker:

Wes Craven was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and editor. Originally intending to be a college professor, he instead became one of the most recognized masters of the horror genre, best known for his pioneering work on slasher films mixing horror with satire. For his work, Craven received a number of lifetime achievement awards, including honors from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films in 1995 and the New York City Horror Film Festival in 2012.

He created the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise (1984–2010) and directed the first four films in the Scream franchise (1996–2011). He also directed cult classics The Last House on the Left (1972) – his directorial debut – and The Hills Have Eyes (1977), the horror comedy The People Under the Stairs (1991), and psychological thriller Red Eye (2005). His other notable films include Swamp Thing (1982), The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), Shocker (1989), Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), Music of the Heart (1999), and the 2006 Cannes Film Festival selection Paris, je t’aime (2006) as one of 22 international contributing directors.

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