originally posted by: Allaroundyou
a reply to: Firebrand1105volunteer
Not a very good movie imo. But why make such a short thread about it?
Actually it was a brilliant movie for its time but you had to watch and understand the plot.
It was also loosely based on a true story.
The story was about a guy whom was a kind of investigator working for pharmaceutical company's and trying to get his hand's on drug's - usually be
visiting native tribe's in south america and other places to try to obtain the knowledge of there shaman and to learn about plant's that the local's
already knew had medicinal and other property's and this often took him into attempting to contact un-contacted and often hostile tribes and other
In the course of his career he came to Haiti in search of the Zombie Drug, a substance said to have potentially vast medicinal uses if it could be
The Zombie Drug is actually very real, it makes a person appear dead and so the shaman or someone that had bought the powder from them would slip the
victim the drug then there body would be dug up after there burial a fact which was aided as they could stay buried for some time due to there slowed
metabolism and then be dug up once the relative's had gone since in Haiti relatives would often sit vigil for several day's by a loved one's grave to
protect them from being turned into a Zombie - usually often despite appearing dead the victim's were conscious all along but remained unable to move
or speak or cry for help so it would of course drive many people insane.
So in essence they were never actually dead just had very slowed metabolic rate and then once they were in the Shaman's hand's he could administer
other drug's and even use hypnosis to enslave the person some of which actually destroyed the person's will power, sense of self.
This particular Shaman he crossed and made angry in his search for the drug was one whom was higher in the regime that then ran the country in 1960's
then most other people except the president himself and was actually over the Tonton Macoute.
The film followed the investigator whom himself was eventually made into a Zombie by this shaman he had crossed and entered into the twilight zone of
the paranormal were it may have deviated from the true story - or then again maybe not?.
The Shaman - head of the Secret Police of Haiti - kept personal affects of his victim's over which he had worked haitian Voodoo spell's and the
investigator somehow broke free of his control smashing the jars in which he kept those item's so releasing the trapped soul's of the Shaman's
victim's which then sought there revenge upon the monster.
Overall I liked the movie a lot but it has aged.
There are many far more interesting and up to date movies than this old 1987 movie but for it's time it was really good as you would expect form Wes
Craven though the special affect's and cultural setting of the time as well as the artistic liberty's taken would both likely make it far less
accurate than the true story it was based upon AND also far harder for modern audiences many of whom were not even born in 1987 let along the much
earlier period when the true story took place to identify with.
So it's a niche movie but not a bad one, just a like it not kind of movie like most movies in fact.
edit on 8-4-2019 by LABTECH767 because: (no reason given)