The Serpent and the Rainbow

Director: Wes Craven
Year Released: 1988
Rating: 2.0

Harvard professor Bill Pullman travels to Haiti to do research on their complex 'zombie powders' but runs into trouble with paranoid government officials. The political link - to Jean-Claude Duvalier's crackpot regime - is weak and the final act turns into dumb voodoo telepathy (and souls-trapped-in-jars), though Craven - to his credit - does manage to craft a spooky, oppressive atmosphere (shooting in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic). Brent Jennings is a lot of fun as the vivacious, fame-seeking alchemist Louis Mozart.