"The vile vexing voodoo"

Films: The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

Alias: None

Type: Mystical

Location: Civilized area

Height/Weight: That of an average human.

Affiliation: Evil

Summary: Of all the practitioners of voodoo we've seen here, none are perhaps more malicious and self-serving than the man who held a vice grip on Haiti. How? Well, let's just say that some people have come to call the place the capitol of all voodoo, and he was pretty good at it.

History: The current commander of the Tonton Macoute in Haiti, Dargent Peytraud reveled in the art of voodoo, and the power it gave him over the hapless people, his influence only secondary to then-Haitian president, Jean-Claude Duvalier. He is a Bokor, a man capable of turning his foes into mindless zombies and taking their souls. And when an investigator comes to find his secrets, he's aimed to make him suffer for trespassing.

Notable Kills: Nothing special.

Final Fate: Eventually, the investigator manages to outsmart Dargent. In that decisive moment, Dargent's voodoo turns on him, sending him to Hell on a not-so comfy chair and right after getting his nuts caved by a nail. And considering that his death coincided with Duvalier's overthrowing, there was much rejoicing.

Powers/Abilities: Dargent can raise the dead with a special drug, possess others, and induce terrifying visions into them.

Weakness: Anything conventional, opposing voodoo.

Scariness Factor: 4-Even without his terrifying array of voodoo powers, Dargent was a horror of the Haitian government. He has a deadly police force under his command, and if there is the promise of torture, he'll take it. No one will mourn him.

Trivia: -Haitian voodoo, or Vodou, is based entirely around worshiping the great God Bondye and his many Ioa, spirits dedicated to specific tasks. As talked about a decade earlier, one of these Ioa was Baron Samedi. Modern Haitian Protestants HATE this practice, though.

-The film was shot in Haiti...for a while, at least. You see, an ACTUAL revolution was taking place, ensuring that Wes Craven and his crew would be under constant threat of death unless they relocated elsewhere. That revolution was the Anti-Duvalier Protest Movement, which got the monstrous president put into self-exile for a while in France.

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ACK! I'm getting the shovel!

Whoops! Instead of a coffin, we got a funeral pyre. Our bad.

True story? Riiiiight....

At least the title makes sense now.

Oh, come now. Pain is just a state of mind.