THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW
1988, Universal, 98 min, USA, Dir: Wes Craven

Harvard researcher Bill Pullman is dispatched to Haiti to investigate a drug that turns people into zombies and finds more than he’d bargained for. Inspired by actual events, the film balances some truly gruesome imagery with psychological tension as the waning days of the “Baby Doc” dictatorship send the island toward chaos. Among the support cast, Zakes Mokae is unforgettable as the fearsome chief of the Tonton Macoute.


RUMBLE FISH
1983, Universal, 94 min, USA, Dir: Francis Ford Coppola

Director Francis Ford Coppola again adapts an S.E. Hinton novel, reuniting with Matt Dillon. Shot in black-and-white with stylized use of color and professed to be among Coppola’s personal favorites, it’s grittier and more phantasmagorical than THE OUTSIDERS. Here, Dillon plays Rusty James, a young gangbanger who looks fondly back on the days of yesteryear when his loner brother, Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke), held court as the king of the street toughs. With a young Diane Lane as Rusty’s sweetheart. Look out for Dennis Hopper as the boys’ ne’er-do-well father and William Smith as one of the meanest small-town cops in movie history. Costarring Chris Penn, Nicolas Cage and Tom Waits.


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