Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Serpent & the Rainbow

--Reviewed by Lindy Loo

Plotline: An American (doctor? anthropologist?) travels to Haiti to investigate rumors of a drug that can bring people back from the dead.

Scariness factor: It's mildly spooky. And claustrophobic at times. But nothing TOO bone-rattlingly terrifying.

Gross-Out Factor: 80's gross-out, which means pretty lite.

Complaints: Very 80's. And--of course--an obligatory lame sex-scene between the male and female leads 'cause we all know when a) we're being hunted, and b) there's zombies on the loose, the first thing on our minds is sex. (Okay, it probably WOULD be, but still: kind of lame.) Also, there wasn't enough zombie action. Granted, the zombies aren't like 28 Days Later zombies or even Night of the Living Dead zombies, but I still would've liked to see a bit more of 'em.

High Points: It has its moments. It's kind of got a surreal trippy little thing going on, and Wes Craven has some of his usual fun little tricks up his sleeve. And it's moody and fun.

Overall: I enjoyed this. It's not my favorite Wes Craven, but it definitely was a nice moody little October flick.

Grade: B



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