Film Review: The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies. REVIEW: Wade Davis, a Harvard-educated anthropologist, traveled to Haiti in the early eighties to research the Vodou religion and its practices.  His specific focus was concentrated on zombies, and the assortment of ingredients utilized in creating the poisonous powder that transforms a person into the “living dead.”  His findings were detailed in the nonfiction novel “The Serpent … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dust Devil (1992)

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SYNOPSIS: A woman on the run from her abusive husband encounters a mysterious hitch-hiker. REVIEW: As with most isolated places, there are typically local spirits and superstitions that abound throughout the locals, having been either witnessed themselves or passed down over generations. Many of these types of spirit tales, at least according to the western folklore, are usually good beings that bring things like rain or a good harvest. However, although the film Dust Devil … Continue reading

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