250px-SerpentandtherainbowI am not a fan of Wes Craven. While I do like The Hills Have Eyes and The Serpent and the Rainbow, I think the majority of his work is derivative and extremely overrated. In particular, Last House on the Left troubles me. While part of it is intensely personal horror, focusing on the loss of control over one’s sanity and one’s self (truly horrifying, to say the least), the other part is this lame schtick-laden goofy cop thing that subverts the intensity of the bad stuff. I just don’t understand why he felt it necessary to do that.

The Scream movies are basically Craven’s way of saying, “I have nothing new to bring to this party, so I’m gonna re-package the same old crap and feed it to you. But I’ll feed it to you with a smug wink to let you know that I know that you know it’s the same old crap, and that’ll make it new.”

I digress.

I recently watched The Serpent and the Rainbow for the first time since its premiere, and found that it has only gotten better with age. Read on, if you dare:

Happy Happy Island People at Zombie Hamster

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