Black Rainbow (1989)

95m, 113m
35mm film, colour
Dolby Stereo, English

A British horror film directed by Mike Hodges.

Plot Summary

A hard-bitten journalist, Gary Wallace travels the Deep South in search of Martha Travis, a young woman with whom he once had a brief but stormy affair. The story proceeds in flashback as we see a much younger Martha and her wily old alcoholic father Walter earning a living by touring North Carolina staging tacky displays of semi-fake spiritualism and mediumship. But their lives are turned upside down when Martha suddenly has genuinely psychic visions of impending doom involving employees at a local nuclear fuel plant. When her of death and mayhem begin coming true, her own life is put in danger when the company hitmen come gunning for her.


Directed by: Mike Hodges
© 1989 Goldcrest Films and Television Ltd
Goldcrest presents a Mike Hodges film. A Goldcrest film
Executive Producer: George A. Walker
Produced by: John Quested and Geoffrey Helman
Written by: Mike Hodges
Director of Photography: Gerry Fisher
Edited by: Malcolm Cooke
Music Composed & Conducted by: John Scott
Location Sound Mixer: Blake Wilcox
Costumes by: Clifford Capone
Make-up Chief: Alan Weisinger
Hairstylist: Victor De Nicola
Hair: Lauri Fisher
[Special Effects]: Bob Shelley's Special Effects International Inc, Bob Shelley, Bob Shelley Jr, Willard Stephens
Production Designer: Voytek

Rosanna Arquette (Martha Travis)
Jason Robards (Walter Travis)
Tom Hulce (Gary Wallace)
Mark Joy (Lloyd Harley)
Ron Rosenthal (Irving Weinberg)
John Bennes (Ted Silas)
Linda Pierce (Mary Kuron)
Olek Krupa (Tom Kuron)
Marty Terry (Mrs Adams)
Ed L. Gray (editor, Geoff McBain)
Rick Warner (editor, Jay Chatwin)
Jon Thompson (Jack Callow)
Helen Baldwin (Eva Callow)
Ed Lillard (pastor on train)
Darla N. Warner (Shirley Harley)
Christopher L. Gray (choirmaster)
Lucy Williams (choirlady)
Peter Townes (President Hotel, clerk)
Dan Cox (Terminal Hotel, clerk)
William Brown (Hal Faber)

Alternative Titles

Arcobaleno nero – Italian title
O Arco-Íris Negro – Portugese title
Más allá del arco iris – Spanish title
Svart regnbåge – Swedish title


Première July 1990 p.17 – review (by Thierry Decourcelle)
Strange Adventures vol.2 no.7 (no.19 August 1990) p.19 – illustrated article (Black Sunday 3 by Steven Jenkins)
Studio July/August 1990 p.15 – review (by Denis Parent)

Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again by John Stanley p.45 – credits, review
English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.281
The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.51 – credits, synopsis
Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.45 – credits, review
Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.47-48