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The Serpent and the Rainbow

I was in the mood for a good zombie movie and decided on The Serpent and the Rainbow, by Wes Craven.  Although I watched it for different reasons than I did when the movie came out on VHS.  Back in the day when there was Blockbuster videos.  One of my friends rented it out and a group of friends and I watched it in the wee hours of the morning.

I thought of this movie when I read the short story Bitter Grounds by Neil Gaiman.

The movie is based off of the book by scientist Wade Davis and his search for an anesthesia which we know as tetrodotoxin.  The movie starts out with a scientist talking with a Shaman and taking iowaska.  Which from what I’ve read, iowaska and shamanism don’t work that way.  But this is a movie.  The theme of the movie is shamanism vs voodoo.

It was an excellent movie until the end.  Then it became a little cheesy because it was a horror film made in the eighties.  Still, I enjoyed it more than expected.


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