Tales That Witness Madness (1973) Hits UK DVD & Blu-Ray 29th Feb 2016

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Tales That Witness Madness (1973) Hits UK DVD & Blu-Ray 29th Feb 2016 from Fabulous Films

Stroll down the corridors of a mental asylum, where your mind won’t believe what your eyes see. In the tradition of Tales From The Crypt and Creepshow this anthology of pulp horror tales is helmed by the ever-reliable horror master Freddie Francis (Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors).

Freddie Francis won numerous awards throughout his career including two Oscars, in 1961 for Best Cinematography for Sons and Lovers and then in 1990 for Glory. He also won five British Society of Cinematographers awards and various Lifetime Achievement Awards. He started directing in 1962, particularly for Hammer and Amicus where he became a respected director of horror and science fiction. He accepted many assignments to make a name for himself, but regretted this later when he became typecast in the genre.

ttwm1The all-star cast includes Donald Pleasence (Halloween, Blofeld in You Only Twice, The Great Escape), Joan Collins (Dynasty), Kim Novak (Vertigo) and Jack Hawkins (Theatre of Blood, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Zulu)

Jack Hawkins had had his larynx removed in an operation in 1966 so his voice was dubbed in post-production by Charles Gray who played Blofeld in Diamonds Are Forever. It was Hawkins’ final film appearance.

Kim Novak (Vertigo) broke a four year hiatus from films with her appearance in this film. She replaced Rita Hayworth to play Auriol Pageant shortly after production started.

Tales That Witness Madness was one of several in a series of anthology films made during the 1960s and 1970s which included Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965), Torture Garden (1967), The House That Dripped Blood (1970), Asylum (1972), Tales from the Crypt (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973) and From Beyond the Grave (1974). It was originally released with the name Jay Fairbank as screenwriter, this was a pseudonym for former actress Jennifer Jayne, who played Donald Sutherland’s French vampire wife in Dr Terror’s House of Horrors (1965).

Synopsis: This anthology film features a quartet of eerie vignettes involving four patients in the care of psychiatrist Dr Tremayne. The third story is about a husband getting a bit too friendly with a tree, much to his wife, played by Joan Collins’, annoyance.

Cast: Donald Pleasence (Halloween, Blofeld in You Only Twice, The Great Escape), Joan Collins (Dynasty), Kim Novak (Vertigo), Jack Hawkins (Theatre of Blood, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Zulu), Peter McEnery (The Cat and the Canary) and Suzy Kendall.

The Creature Walks Among Us (1956) DVD Review

creaturewalks1The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)

Director: John Sherwood

Starring: Jeff Morrow, Rex Reason, Leigh Snowden, Gregg Palmer.

UK DVD Release – Out NOW from Fabulous Films!

The third and final Creature From The Black Lagoon feature. This time The Gill Man is captured and turned into a breather of air, because his gills are a bit broke and..well, just because. Obviously, the Creature is quite miffed at all of this, but can’t really express himself. If only they could have arranged for therapy.

The disc has extras including picture/poster galleries and a trailer which mostly consists of the final ten minutes.

There is something really endearing about these old black and white horrors. The characters are cut outs and the acting decent, but nothing different to all the other characters and performances that inhabit other movies of this ilk. In fact, I found myself wondering if there was a Creature Feature Performance School that trained budding hopefuls to perform in certain ways when stumbling blindly, or not so blindly, into certain situations. How to look, which way to look, how to ensure your hair is quiffed or tossed in exactly the right way to suit the situation. Which stance to take, how to position hands and feet. Then I started wondering, if there wasn’t such a school and if there still isn’t, maybe there needs to be and maybe I am the man to get it started. Then I got back to the film…

creaturewalks2The writer of the original Creature From The Black Lagoon, Arthur A. Ross, returns for this venture and all in all it is a pretty satisfying ride. A boat crew go looking for the creature, because if they didn’t there wouldn’t be a film and upon finding and attacking him have to perform surgery to open his lungs to breathe air like a man, because his gills are damaged (not to lay blame, but if they’d let him be, it wouldn’t have happened). This triggers events which see things go not so well for the crew. And why would they?

Honestly, did these people never hear of Frankenstein??

It all takes a little long to get going, especially considering the audience has been here twice before. We see the creature swim around a bit, but it’s not until around the forty minute mark the story actually starts. It’s all set up before that, which is a little unnecessary as we just wanna see the Gill Dude. This doesn’t spoil the film and I suppose it’s nice that time was taken, even though I imagine the time taken was more to do with budget. Maybe I’m being cynical.

With time running the out the Gill Dude, having been shot by a spear gun, burned and then operated on decides to grab some screen time and get involved in the film. The make up is good, though the poor thing does seem to have a permanently baffled look on his face. Perhaps, he’s puzzled by how little time he’s on screen, especially as he is The Creature of the title. Or perhaps he’s baffled by the claims that he is gentle and less violent because they have treated him kindly, as he stands in a cage that is surrounded by an electrified fence. There is some nice dialogue concerning the nature of man and beast and nature versus nurture. Who is the real monster, the baffle faced Gill Dude or the brilliant minded Doctor Barton?

creaturewalks3We find our answers at the climax as the true beast is revealed and Gill Dude practices Feng Shui.

An entertaining piece which perhaps lacks a little more action, but still holds the attention.

5/10

Venom aka The Legend of Spider Forest (1971) DVD Review

venomdvdVenom (aka Legend of Spider Forest) (1971)

Directed by: Peter Sykes

Written by: Derek Ford

Cast: Simon Brent, Neda Arneric, Sheila Allen

Running Time: 91 Minutes

UK Certificate: 15

Format: DVD (Available Now)

Studio: Fabulous Films

We open our movie with a flashback which is tinted green, for no apparent reason at all. A young couple are naked and enjoying the lake, they then run back into the woods and have sex. A shadow of a spider crosses over the young man’s back and he dies, screaming in pain. The woman seems unfazed and carries a birthmark of a spider on her shoulder, this woman we eventually discover is the mysterious Anna (Neda Arneric).

We switch scenes to an Inn where a young man, Paul (Simon Brent), an artist, is staying. He is a tourist who has come to paint the local scenery and take photographs. He goes out one day and sees a beautiful young lady, but when he tries to take a picture she runs away. This kick starts, what seemingly felt like an age of running into this mystery woman at random intervals, only to have her run away from him.

venomdvd2The locals warn him about her and he should stay away. They claim that she is a local legend, who, when men touch her, they die from a spider bite. These spiders thrive only on the blood of humans, yet like most hot blooded men, he ignores any warnings and chases after her. This is of course unless he is having sex with the ever shouting Ellen (Sheila Allen).

I was with the movie up until this point, it seemed to portray itself as subgenre of typical vampire movies of its time. Strangely though, a sub-plot involving stolen paintings to fund the schemes of a Nazi scientist appears, creating a further sub-genre known as “seriously what the fuck is happening.”

The remainder of the film left me, as I imagine it would other viewers, confused and hoping that the runtime given of 91 minutes was a lie.

The direction is choppy, full of odd camera angles that feel out of place, I expected so much more from Peter Sykes, who direst ‘To The Devil A Daughter’. The music, by John Simco Harrison, feels like it was scored by someone who wished to try and cram every genre of music into one film, audiences will find it distracting and highly odd. The cast feel like they have been thrown together from other stories and films, never feeling like they belong and working from a script that feels like it was made up as they went.

I believe this is the first time I have sat watching a movie and said out loud “what the fuck”, well not including the latter half of Rob Zombie’s Halloween II.

venodvd2If you want to watch a film that will screw with you, ignoring the need for even a little visit from Captain Exposition then give it a go and if you can make some sense out anything that is happening then please feel free to let me know.

Fabulous Films have done a fine job of putting this movie together for the DVD, it is unfortunate that it was this particular movie.

Movie Rating: 4/10

Killing Zoe (1994) DVD Review

killingzoeKilling Zoe (US/FRA, 1994)

Dir. Roger Avary

Starring. Eric Stoltz, Julie Delpy, Jean-Hughes Anglade

UK DVD/Blu-Ray Release August 3rd from Fabulous Films

Only a few weeks after ‘Pulp Fiction’ took the Cannes Film Festival by storm in May 94 -making a household name of director Quentin Tarantino- it’s co-writer Roger Avary would release another relatively low-budget crime picture as his directorial debut.

‘Killing Zoe’ is a French set, heist thriller that- for better or worse- brought the genre kicking and screaming into the 90’s. The late, great film critic Roger Ebert described it as “Generation X’s first bank caper movie”. Assuming by this, he was referring more to the ‘Ecstasy Generation’, as there are more drugs consumed in this film than Keith Richards has had hot dinners.

If Tarantino’s unabashed assimilation of cinema history made him his generation’s Scorsese, Avary was it’s uncompromising Schrader, crafting a new breed of ultra-violent crime movie…. Film Nihilisme.

‘Killing Zoe’ succeeds on one primary front. It makes us believe that anything can and probably will happen… From the minute Zed (Eric Stoltz) answers the door to old childhood pal Eric (Jean Hughes Anglade) we know that whatever the job is, it isn’t going to end well.

killingzoe1As far as cinematic sociopaths go, this guy makes Heath Ledger’s dangerous & unpredictable Joker from ‘The Dark Knight’ look like The Archbishop Of Canterbury in comparison. His assertion that ” …the night before a job, we live life!” is followed by a sequence in a Jazz Club that is so debauched, Caligula would be calling for an early night. As far as unhinged performances go, I can think of few more ‘off the wall’ than the sight of bank robber shooting heroin in the middle of a heist. As you can imagine, it all goes downhill from there. Stoltz’s mercenary safe cracker works as a counterpoint for Anglade’s lunacy, recalling the steely professionalism of heist movie anti-heroes Alain Delon & Jean Servais, with the boyish vulnerability on which he made his name working for the likes of Hughes & Bogdanovich in Hollywood.

The Parisian setting is also key for grounding ‘Killing Zoe’ in the great tradition of French crime/heist movies. From Dassin’s iconic, meticulous ‘Rififi’ and Melville’s ‘Le Cercle Rouge’ to the modernist “Cinema Du Look” films of Besson & Beineix. This felt a little like an overhang from that popular French cinema of the 1980’s -aesthetically at least- with a pounding techno soundtrack and wild, kinetic hand-held camerawork. That being said, Avary makes a few inspired editorial decisions. The shoot-out scenes are cut with a frenzy and violence, in the vein of Tsui Hark/John Woo (‘The Killer’/’A Better Tomorrow’), whilst the infamous ‘Jazz Club’ scene- in which Avary claimed he wanted the film itself to look like it was on drugs- feels like a nightmarish blend of Fellini-esque anarchism and a hallucination straight from the mind of Irvine Welsh.

killingzoe2There’s an element of masculine wish fulfilment about the whole thing, especially in the sex scene right at the top of the film, which sees Julie Delpy’s exotic call-girl fall instantly in love with Stoltz’s Zed. No questions asked. Also, Eric’s academic backstory and over protectiveness for his Billie Holiday records fall on the side of contrivance, more than idiosyncrasy. That being said, it’s a compliment to the conviction with which Avary builds his drug addled limbo, that these details don’t derail the story too much.

The attention to detail- the use of the colour red in the bank sequence, adding a hyper-real quality and one quite brilliant Tom Savini make up effect- suggests that, at the very least ‘Killing Zoe’ may all be about ultra-violence and cheap thrills but, at least it was made with love.

7/10

Suck (2009) DVD Review

suckSuck (2009)

Directed by Rob Stefaniuk

Starring Rob Stefaniuk, Jessica Pare, Paul Anthony, Malcolm McDowell, Henry Rollins, Moby, Dimitri Coats, Dave Foley and Alice Cooper.

SUCK is out now in the UK on DVD from Fabulous Films!

Suck follows a rock band called the Winners, consisting of vocalist Joey Winner (Stefaniuk), bassist Jennifer (Jessica Paré), guitarist Tyler (Paul Anthony), drummer Sam (Mike Lobel), and French-Canadian roadie Hugo (Chris Ratz), along with their creepy manager Jeff (Dave Foley). As they tour across Canada and the USA Jennifer is turned into a vampire by Queeny (Dimitri Coats). A vampire hunter (who is afraid of the dark) named Eddie Van Helsing (McDowell) chases them down.

While on tour, one by one the band are turned into vampires. The band grows in popularity but Joey is losing interest in the vampire lifestyle. Joey tells Jennifer that they can become human again but they will need to kill Queeny. As they tour the country looking for Queeny the meet a number of freaks along the way.

Over the years there have been many versions of the blood sucking demon, some are classics like Nosferatu in 1922 right up to the modern day and Edward Cullen in the much derided Twilight. However you look at the way they have been portrayed most have had a new slant attached to them. Nosferatu with the long fingernails or Edward and being sparkly (Stop laughing at the back!). Suck, directed by Stefaniuk, of ‘Phil The Alien’ and the upcoming ‘Anxietyville’ decides to hit the middle ground and go for a more middle of the road vampire which could quite easily be pulled off with a decent budget at your next Halloween party.

suck1Often with low budget horror you have to be spot on with tone. You could potentially get away with a bad cast or script but if tone is not focussed, you will lose the audience. Suck hits it’s tone on the head early and continually gets it right. Focussing somewhere between The Rocky Horror Show and Idle Hands, both classic films. The tone is not too light to not make it scary and its not too dark and gory so you can enjoy it which ever way you like your horror films.

As the main cast are in a band, and sing original songs, another aspect of Suck that is well done is the music. If the songs weren’t catchy, this would drag you straight out of the film, but the music is played dead straight and I could quite easily have the songs on my headphones. In fact, the moment the film finished I checked on iTunes and the soundtrack is actually on there. Money well spent I say.

The main cast, mostly all Canadian actors work well with the material especially the main female Jennifer, played by Jessica Pare of Mad Men and Hot Tub Time Machine, having to play meek and innocent to start and be overly sexual once transformed into a vampire.

Being a metalhead for many years the film has a real kick in it with the various cameos from musicians. Alice Cooper plays an all powerful demon (with wings!), Henry Rollins a Radio DJ (playing well off his spoken word persona he now carries) and Alex Lifeson from Rush. The best of all the cameo s lies with Moby, I wont spoil who he plays but its played for laughs, Moby is clearly game, and runs with the role.

suck2Being a stalwart of the genre Malcolm McDowell plays a vampire hunter called Eddie Van Helsing, what a great name, and he is afraid of the dark. To me McDowell comes across as quite the serious actor, but in this semi-comedic role he plays against type and has fun. When I first heard of this film, I had trepidations. Was this film going to make fun of the two things I enjoy most, heavy metal music and horror, or was it going to enjoy the trappings of both and put a new spin on it? With the way the director shoots the film, the music and the acting I can safely say I was surprised by how great Suck is. I’d highly recommend it, and only wish it was slightly longer.

8/10

The Relic (1997) DVD Review

therelicThe Relic (1997)

Directed by Peter Hyams

Starring Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore

New UK DVD release is out now from Fabulous Films, the Blu-Ray is released June 15th.

While in South America archaeologist John Whitney partakes in a ceremony with a group of indigenous tribes people. After witnessing some obscure visions he plans to return to the Chicago Museum of Natural History with his findings but this is where things go wrong, the ship transporting his crates is deserted, he is nowhere to be seen and there is blood everywhere and hot on the case is superstitious detective Tom Sizemore.

He teams up with Dr Margo Green, Penelope Ann Miller, from the Museum who has taken an interest in the newly arrived crates. Meanwhile a couple of obnoxious kids decide to sneak off the museum tour and end up trapped in the building overnight where low and behold, they stumble across a great big beastie that likes offing people and with an impending exhibit grand opening there looks to be enough food for the beast to take up residence.

I remember discovering THE RELIC at my local video store, it was next to another 1997 creature feature called MIMIC. I rented them both. Although MIMIC was Guillermo del Toro’s first major US film, it was let down by bad casting and inept studio interference, despite the great execution of creature and concept,the box office chose to favour, as did I, THE RELIC. Helmed by 2010 and END OF DAYS director Peter Hyams who had previously executively produced Wolfman and his nards in THE MONSTER SQUAD. As well as directing, Hyams also takes charge of the cinematography truly bringing us his vision of this creature based entry to the haunted house sub genre of horror.

therelic2The film itself is very dark, the majority of events unfolding via torchlight adding great tension and mystery. But like many of his previous films, they run out of steam a little in the middle. There are moments that let it down, for instance the main characters simply accept what is happening a little too easily, as if a brain eating mutant creatures roaming museums are the norm! Sizemore is the biggest culprit of this as he is drawn in by Miller’s scientific explanation of the creatures origins, I feel there should have been a “what the hell was that?” moment rather than him telling another heart warming story of his past.

Suspense is at the forefront as is Miller trying to decipher the mysteries of the creature along with Sizemore’s stubborn approach to not believe everything in front of him giving the audience both a scientific and a realistic approach to the films events. Miller gives a solid performance proving she can carry a film and allows her to show off diversity, at times she’s the hard as nails scientist hell-bent on obtaining a research grant, the next minute she’s a damsel in distress and then she tops off the film as a Ripleyesque bad ass taking on the monster.

Sizemore’s performance as Jack Scagnetti in Oliver Stone’s NATURAL BORN KILLERS was phenomenal, but I feel he normally gives a very bland,forgettable performance just like he does here, nothing particularly outstanding, he just effortlessly breezes through the film. The climax of the film does a great job at fixing earlier errors and the final showdown is impressive on all levels.

therelic3Reportedly the films production was delayed due to the design of the beast falling behind schedule, this lead to the fact we never really see it until the final moments, but this works in the films favour, much like Ridley Scott’s ALIEN, less is more. The creature itself is a sinister looking offspring from the Stan Winston studio. Stan is responsible for some of the most iconic horror creatures of cinema,Terminator, the Predator, Pumpkinhead and this beast is a great addition to his legacy. The theatrical release of this film was also held up due to the adding of the visual fx, but it was well worth the wait, the few CGI moments are used expertly for the time as a companion to the brilliant practical effects and not shoved in your face like the poorly executed AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN PARIS also released in ’97.

THE RELIC is a must watch for fans of creature features and suspense driven haunted house films.If the script had been tidied up and perhaps the run time reduced by twenty minutes this film would tick all the right boxes and so I score it 6.5 out of 10

Fabulous Films release Venom (1971) on UK DVD July 6th 2015

venom1Fabulous Films release Venom (1971) on UK DVD July 6th 2015

aka The Legend of Spider Forest aka Spider’s Venom

“An interesting if shoddily made variation on the Dracula legend” NY Times

A classic British horror movie from 1971 is out on DVD. A Nazi scientist and a woman known as a “spider goddess” attempt to develop a nerve gas made from spider venom.

Directed by legendary Australian director Peter Sykes (The Avengers TV Series, Steptoe and Son Ride Again) this film had a PG rating when it was released as The Legend of Spider Forest despite full frontal nudity and headless corpses. Clearly the BBFC felt it was a valuable tool to educate British children to the dangers of Nazism.

Thoroughly Confusing Synopsis:

Whilst enjoying his holiday in a Tyrolean village, artist Paul Greville encounters a beautiful girl called Helen – with a scar in the form of a spider on her shoulder. This may be a clue! Back at the inn where he is staying, the owner ends up dead and Paul is blamed. Now on the run, Helen takes Paul to her father’s cottage, where a diabolical series of experiments are being conducted in an effort to create a nerve gas from spider venom – funded by money from stolen paintings. Then the dead innkeeper’s friends and family turn up!

Production:

It was written by Donald Ford, who felt he could never top the script/was deeply confused by what he had created – and quit the film business soon after to become a magistrate.

It was produced by Michael Pearson. He is the 65th richest person and the 10th largest landowner in the United Kingdom. He also produced 1968’s Sympathy for the Devil, a film starring The Rolling Stones, directed by Jean-Luc Godard.

Cast: Simon Brent, Neda Arneric, Sheila Allen, Derek Newark

Venom is available to order now from Amazon UK here – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Venom-DVD-Simon-Brent/dp/B00VE88OV4/

Village of The Damned (1995) Blu-Ray Review

votdVillage Of The Damned (1995)

Directed by John Carpenter

Starring Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Mark Hamill.

UK DVD & Blu-Ray release 27th April 2015 from Fabulous Films.

A reworking of the 1960 film of the same name, and taking its material from The Midwich Cuckoos novel, this film finds us in a small out of the way town of Midwich, California. A town with stereotypical white picket fences, tucked away at the coast, far away from the lunging beast of the local cities.

One day a strange force permeates through the town leaving everyone unconscious for long stretches of time. Everyone awakes at roughly the same time, unaware what has happened, but ten women have found themselves with child. Nine months later, nine are born perfectly (too perfectly?) but one is still born. The nine children grown up quickly, becoming highly intelligent before their time and soon turn their sights on the very beating heart of the community. Its up to a  doctor (Reeve) a widowed teacher, and the local doctor (Alley) to get to the heart of the mystery.

votd2Being a huge fan of Carpenter since his first foray into horror with the classic Halloween, I’ve slowly thawed to the masters output of the last 20 years, thinking his best period was between Halloween and 1988’s They Live. Watching this film for the first time, had me thinking about Carpenters work and the change in style and his direction through each film.

Looking at Damned with a critical eye I would put out the theory that Carpenter and his style was over taken by more to the point and exciting directors of the 90’s like Tarantino and Rodriguez. Damned has a look to it that is reminiscent of soap operas. The shots are so soft and over blown, its hard to take them with any sense of threat. Having not read the source material but in this films short running time, we get no discussion from the adults about the children, in why they are all blond, walk in two by two and why they all wear grey.

votd1Having been a massive fan of Superman, it was good to see Christopher Reeve headline a film again, and it was actually on this film set that he bought the fateful horse ‘Buck’ that would throw him at an equestrian event and change his life forever. He has the good looks, masculinity and charisma to hold the screen and is a well cast actor in this film, its sad in hindsight, knowing that he wouldn’t headline any further major releases, he is sadly missed.

In conclusion, I was disappointed in the look and feel of Village of The Damned, even with the touch of a former master of horror. The film could have been 20 minutes longer giving the story more time to investigate the horrors going on in the small time.

5/10

The Relic (1997) out April 27th on UK DVD from Fabulous Films

therelicThe Relic (1997) out April 27th on UK DVD from Fabulous Films

The Relic is to be released on DVD in this this effects- packed shocker that gives haunted-house movies a terrifying new setting. The non- human star is brought to life by Oscar ® winner Stan Winston. Stan is best known for his work on Terminator 2, Predator, Jurassic Park and Aliens.

It’s based on the best-selling horror novel by Lincoln Child & Douglas Preston (former PR director for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City). The Relic was filmed at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago as the American Museum of Natural History in New York City were not happy that the novel portrayed the museum’s administration in a bad light and believed that the movie would scare children away.

The Relic was nominated for multiple science fiction and fantasy awards, including Best Horror and Best Actress (for Penelope Ann Miller) at the 1997 Saturn Awards.

The creature can hold it’s own with “The Alien”…When the last reel begins…the special effect is truly awesome
Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

Synopsis: John Whitney, an Anthropologist for the Natural History Museum in Chicago, sends crates back from his studies of a newly discovered tribe in South America. When the ship transporting the crates arrives back on the Illinois River with it’s crew missing, Detective Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta (Tom Sizemore) is assigned to the case.
The crates are delivered to the museum with what appears to be very little inside. Dr Margo Green (Miller), evolutionary biologist at the museum, becomes curious about the bed of leaves used for packing. Finding the dead and mutilated bodies of the ships crew, they begin to investigate. When a security guard is then discovered murdered in the same way at the Museum, Lt. D’Agosta requests the planned gala for the museums “superstition” exhibition be cancelled but he is over ruled by the Mayor of Chicago. So attend if you dare but be advised: something terrifying wants to make sure no one ever leaves.

Cast: Penelope Ann Miller (Carlito’s Way), Tom Sizemore (True Romance, Natural Born Killers), Linda Hunt (The Year of Living Dangerously), James Whitmore (The Shawshank Redemption)

Extras: Trailer

The Relic is available now from Amazon UK here – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Relic-DVD-Tom-Sizemore/dp/B00UTT6E6Q/

The Serpent and The Rainbow out in UK on DVD and Blu-Ray from Fabulous Films May 4th

satrThe Serpent and The Rainbow is to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray from Fabulous Films on May 4th.

Directed by Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream) the film is based on the book and true life experiences of ethnobotanist Wade Davis. Filmed on location in Haiti, it’s a frightening excursion into black magic and the supernatural.

Wade Davis was named by the National Geographic Society as Explorer for the Millennium. His research has been the subject of more than 900 media reports and interviews in Europe, North & South America and the Far East. He has inspired numerous documentary films as well as three episodes of the television series The X-Files.

When Wes Craven released his first horror film The Last House On The Left in 1972, tenants in his group apartment were appalled and would no longer leave their children alone with him. People would walk out of the room he was in. Many were breaking in to the projection booths to destroy the films. Craven had to set up an editing room especially to repair prints that had been slashed.

Synopsis: A terrifying story of one man’s nightmarish journey into the eerie and deadly world of voodoo. A Harvard anthropologist is sent to Haiti to revive a strange powder that is said to have the power to bring human beings back from the dead. In his quest to find the miracle drug, the cynical scientist enters the rarely seen nether world of walking zombies, blood rites and ancient curses.

Cast: Bill Pullman (The Last Seduction, Independence Day) Cathy Tyson (Mona Lisa), Paul Winfield (The Terminator), Zakes Mokae (Waterworld), Brent Jenings (Money Ball).

Extras: Trailer

Order Blu-Ray here – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Serpent-Rainbow-Blu-ray-Bill-Pullman/dp/B00TTYAHOW/

Order DVD here – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Serpent-Rainbow-DVD-Bill-Pulman/dp/B00TTYAHRY/