All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
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...
Rest in peace, Wes.
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.…
Oh shit. There goes the neighborhood.
That third act really should have gone all the way into Island of Dr. Moreau territory (yes the 96 one), but considering that they didn't even have the budget to properly do a Swamp Thing costume the fact we got to see any other mutations is a miracle.
Still plenty of fun to be had with Adrienne Barbeau and everyone else playing it straight with Dick Durock in a rubber Swamp Thing costume that makes the 1954 Creature from the Black Lagoon seem incredibly ahead of it's time (for 1982).
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.
Amaba esta película de niño. ¿Cómo no amarla? Swamp Thing usaba la luz del sol para que le creciera el brazo. ¡Fotosíntesis! Como lo aprendí en la escuela.
Pese a sus carencias en presupuesto, creo que es padre cómo Craven logra conservar el tono del cómic. Y que pinche gran acierto es darle una espada a Arcane rumbo al final (como bien anotó gaafgaaf por acá.) Y hay suficientes tropes aquí para calificar como película de horror y no dejar de ser una película de superhéroes. ¿Dónde más encontramos esa intersección? Se me ocurre Darkman y The Toxic Avenger.
Por último, les recuerdo que gracias a esta película, tuvimos el run de Alan Moore en Saga of the Swamp Thing, que es rotunda obra maestra.
Wes Craven shows he can direct a PG movie. I enjoyed this current viewing.
"everything's a dream... when you're alone"
Wow, masterful use of the star wipe transition.
As two goons get thrown from their swampboat, they appear to scream "oh shiiiiit!" in unison
jude is an amazing character, i was so upset when i thought he died
adrienne barbeau gives me a "young grace zabriske" vibe so, with ray wise appearing also in this film, i'd like to imagine swamp thing as a twin peaks prequel
Obviously far from Craven's best film, but it's a good campy bit of fun.
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Holy moly! This was horribly bad, but the faintest bit ~okay~ as well? I mean, it's mind-boggling what was trying to be achieved here and how far off it was from actually getting there. I get the sense Craven really, really tried with this film.
Swamp Thing, the character, is actually kind of a perv - only gotta rewatch that being-one-with-nature bathing scene - and terribly underwhelming... But yet, there's a soft spot for him. But he's still a perv.
Lastly, the Bruno scene - you know the scene - is brilliant. The film redeemed itself for a few moments there.
"He'll be back, though, right?"
The kind of comic-book movie that only Wes Craven would write, with a Nietzsche-quoting villain and an allusion to Universal's Frankenstein -- an altogether different creation myth -- in the scene where Swamp Thing has been chained up in a dungeon and reaches for a beam of sunlight overhead.
Review here: craigjclark.livejournal.com/869846.html
I know I watched this as a kid. Certain scenes felt very familiar. Feels quite out of place in. The Craven filmography but that's not to say it wasn't enjoyable. In fact, it's certainly not one is my fave of his films. Covering this for the Reddit Horror Club podcast this week so check that one out on Monday for my more complete thoughts.
Not bad, there are some moments. There's a shot of Swamp Thing in a similar fashion as the famous bigfoot picture. Being half-man/half-plant, he displays some healing properties. i like the creative looking swipe edits. Of course, there's Adrian Barbeau, 70's Afro, ass kicking government agent, washes herself in the swamp waters. Sexy...
Not really one of Craven's best. Before this movie, he made "The Hills have eyes" and ""The Last House on the Left". But, after is when he really got busy, creating Freddy Krueger, and the "Nightmare" series, and reinventing Horror with the "Scream" series. I believe the he may received a bigger budget for this movie, if it was done after the "Nightmare" series...
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