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Science changed him into a monster. Love changed him even more!
Dr. Alec Holland, hidden away in the depths of a murky swamp, is trying to create a new species - a combination of animal and plant capable of adapting and thriving in the harshest conditions. Unfortunately he becomes subject of his own creation and is transformed. Arcane, desperate for the formula, attempts to capture the Swamp Thing. An explosive chase ensues that ultimately ends with a confrontation between Holland and a changed Arcane...
Everything's a dream when you're alone.
This is one hell of an entertaining film, but for all the wrong god damn reasons. Thankfully Wes Craven still had A Nightmare on Elm Street up his sleeve because this isn't the film that was going to take his career to the next level, it might have taken him down a bit to be quite honest.
Adrienne Barbeau deserves an award being able to pull off scenes in any sort of coherent fashion playing off of Dick Durock who is in a rubber Swamp Thing costume. Durock on the other hand spends most of the film skulking about with his favorite offense maneuver being throwing guys. Like that's his big move.…
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The idea of making a new twist based on The Creature from the Black Lagoon was good, but the execution totally ruined the movie since it mainly had action sequences that are entertaining instead of creative horror movie magic. Now, I can see why people say when Wes Craven runs out of ideas, it turns out pretty bad in general. Hopefully, my next experience with Wes Craven on Hoop-Tober comes out with a more detail review than this one with how amazing it is instead of how much this film did not meet my expectations.
Wes Craven you've done it again! You've bored me to tears! This is the third Craven movie I've seen this year, the others being 'Red Eye' and 'Nightmare on Elm Street', and all three have been painful watches. This one was a little different in that it was actually going for camp instead of stumbling there accidentally. But that's no excuse for a shit movie watching experience. The one saving grace is that I did laugh out loud once or twice at Ray Wise in his rubber swamp suit, but that's not enough to make this recommendable. Wes Craven... I am not a fan.
A monster movie with heart, conspiracy, betrayal and Adrienne Barbeau's boobs.
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Cheesy and very camp Comic book adaption of The Swamp Thing from horror maestro Wes Craven. In a change from his usual style, Wes really camps it up in and if you take it as it is , its quite enjoyable. Although the score really reminded me of a Friday the 13th movie, so much so I half expected Jason to pop up through the swamp, very distracting.
Someone: "It's replicating like mad."
Someone else: "It certainly is."
When a film is called Swamp Thing, dialogue is never going to matter too much. In fact, at times it seems that most of the really terrible lines were written intentionally. Which is rather brilliant.
Wes Craven just about gets everything right here.
He gets the tone perfectly balanced.
It doesn't take it's self to seriously. Which is lucky.
He also keeps it moving along at a brisk pace.
Swamp Thing is a masterclass in entertaining movie making.
Oh, and there's some completely unnecessary boobies..
Primarily of note for what little part it played in the genesis of Alan Moore's character-redefining run on the comic in the mid-80s.
It is amazing to me how Craven can produce work like Scream or A Nightmare on Elm Street while also being capable of undercooked garbage like this. This film only comes to life when Ray Wise is on-screen, and in fits and starts during the weird-monster-fight that serves as its conclusion. This film raises a great many questions it might not realize it needs to provide answers to. Why does Mulletty McSwampWolfPig have a sword at the end? Also, what kind of creature is he supposed to be? Why is Swamp Thing basically just super-strong (and capable…
Swamp Thing was created in the 70's, but got most of his pop-cultural cachet from a run in the 80's, not long after this movie was made. So I don't really know what they were going on here. A PG-rated early 80's monster superhero movie doesn't have a lot of precedent to build on.
Adrienne Barbeau is kind of a charmless heroine, but handles herself admirably in the fight-and-flight department. Conversely, the pre-monsterizing Swamp Thing dude is played by Ray Wise, being way more likeable than most any role that calls for the services of Ray Wise. Once that dude gets Swamp Thing'd, he's more costume than character, and the costume is at once toned-down (especially around the face), and…
Nope, nope, just nope...
This was not even a "so bad it's good" situation. This was a so bad it's BAD situation. Barbeau wasn't even that great either which I was surprised by. The Swamp Thing was so fake looking it's like they tried, and don't tell me it was because of budget, because Tar Man from Return of the Living Dead was absolutely fantastic and that only came out four years later. Needless to say, my least favorite Wes Craven movie by far and definitely forgettable. I've heard incredible things about the comic and I would think if the hype stands, then this film is a disgrace. The villain is laughable, the plot is weak, and the whole ending is so bad it's not even funny. The poster art is actually better than the film as a whole. Not worth your time. Sorry.
Immensely more fun than I was expecting. The first hour is actually quite good if you ignore the awful wipe transitions between each scene that constantly scream "I'm making a comic book movie". This is largely because of how good Adrienne Barbeau is. I've always enjoyed Barbeau and it's nice to see how capable her character is allowed to be in what could have been a thankless damsel role. Even during the middle act which just consists of multiple scenes of her nearly getting captured before Swamp Thing saves her, her character still carries herself in a mostly logical and competent way.
Other than Barbeau, the cast is very weak. Jourdan is a complete non-factor as Arcane. There…
One of the more enjoyable Wes Craven films, though perhaps unintentionally. Craven's apathetic direction and bizarre cutting mixed with camp make this an interesting, occasionally hilarious experience (once you get past a dry first act). Feels more like lesser, early Joe Dante impersonation than it does Craven.
Seriously this movie was boring.
Not one of Wes Craven's better movies, but weird and campy enough to still be a lot of fun. The cast is pretty great, and the Swamp Thing makeup/costume is surprisingly good. Plus a topless Adrienne Barbeau is never a bad thing.
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"A film based on a comic book"
The question I have to ask myself as I watch Swamp Thing is "did Wes Craven know what he was making?". My answer is, "I'm not sure". The movie certainly comes off as more of an homage to the old b-movies of the 1950's than a comic book movie. The cheesy makeup of the creatures in the film, particularly in the end are laughably ridiculous. There are several really cheesy action scenes as well and much of the acting is over the top. In the end I'll just take it for what it is, a silly but entertaining b-movie that clearly had higher ambitions that Craven was able to achieve.
Wes Craven basically made a decent 50s B-movie here. There's a tendency to feel a tad uncinematic at times, particularly with the constant abuse of specialty dissolve transitions (if I see that curtain drop/raise dissolve one more time...), and there's a big sin in that Swamp Thing himself is more of a bit player for a film bearing his name, but it's a good time. Adrienne Barbeau is a nicely resourceful heroine that won't go down without a fight, and Louis Jourdan reins it in enough as the villain to give him a quietly sinister quality to go along with his quoting of Nietzsche and somewhat unclear plans of how he's going to go about ruling the world once he…
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