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SHOCKTOBER: The Serpent & The Rainbow October 13, 2009

Posted by mrstetris in Uncategorized.
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real life zombies?  seriously?  this thought alone is something i’ve pondered forever.  ever read Max Brooks’ World War Z: an Oral History of the Zombie War? it’s roughly about international interviews, testaments, &  accounts of the zombie apocalypse.  with The Serpent & The Rainbow, which is based off of a true story, a ‘zombie-like’ state occurs, along with a lot of voodoo’ in Haiti.  here’s the plot summary:

Dennis Allan is an scientist who visits Haiti on the strength of a rumour of a drug which renders the recipient totally paralyzed but conscious. The drug’s effects often fool doctors, who declare the victims dead. Could this be the origin of the “zombie” legend? Alan embarks on a surprising and often surreal investigation of the turbulent social chaos that is Haiti during the revolution which ousted hated dictator “Baby Doc” Duvalier. Often a pawn in a greater game, Alan must decide what is science, what is superstition, and what is the unknown in a anarchistic society where police corruption and witch-doctory are commonplace.

this story evolves from the true account of Clairvius Narcisse: According to reports, [3]Clairvius was poisoned with a mixture of various natural poisons to simulate death. The instigator of the poisoning was alleged to be his brother, with whom he had quarreled over land.[4] After his “death” and subsequent burial on May 2, 1962, his body was recovered and he was given a paste made from datura which at certain doses has a hallucinogenic effect and can cause memory loss. His new ‘master’, a bokor (sorcerer), then forced him, alongside many other zombie slaves, to work on a sugar plantation until the master’s death in 1964. When the bokor died, and regular doses of the hallucinogen ceased, he eventually regained sanity (unlike many others who had suffered brain damage from being buried alive) and returned to his family after some time, though only after finding his brother had died.

i could go on and on about my theories on zombies or the possibility of such.  i truly like the idea of this movie and was immediately intrigued by it.  i was also intrigued by…Bill Pullman!  (my first thought was Independence Day.  what a great film. WELCOME TO EARTH!)  i thought it was entertaining that the skinny young Pullman was in this film!

with the incredible success rate of a Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven decided to create something different.  i was a little shocked that he worked on this film, judging a book by it’s cover.  but i can see his talent emerge towards the end.

it was very slow in the first half of the film.  then it just decided to get crazy!  i felt like i could have been internet surfing, cleaning, knitting, playing a DS game, or something else while trudging through the first half of the film.  but when the climax occurs, and things start rolling, i was committed.

its not the GREATEST, but it is an interesting and entertaining film.  it brings about good topics of conversation, especially if you’re a zombie lover like me!

❤ kt

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