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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..
Something stinks and I think it's Swamp Thing. Master of Horror Wes Craven takes the excellent comic series and wipes his ass with it. The flushed remains are this rubber suited mess. I think he flushed a Beast Man action figure down the crapper too, because I'm pretty sure that's what Swampy fights in the end.
Having said all that, it's still pretty entertaining.
I will list elements of the movie followed by a Yay or a Nay.
Adrienne Barbeau - Yay
Mercenary dudes - Nay
The swamp store kid- Yay
Louis Jordan - Nay
Ray Wise - Yay
The reach for the light scene - Nay
The dinner party - Yay
Wolf/Pig monster - Nay
Swampy himself - yay
The Yays have it in a tight battle. Schlock buoyed by nostalgia.
Wes Craven directed this dismal 1982 horror spoof based on a DC comic about a scientist (Ray Wise) who transforms himself into a rampaging plant. The film is too lazy to provide any actual jokes with its send-up of the genre—it just exudes a hip, condescending attitude while the actors (Louis Jourdan, Adrienne Barbeau) ham it up. Craven seems to have set out to make a bad movie, and he's succeeded. 91 min.
Impressive b-movie nonsense from Wes Craven, somehow coming after Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes and before Nightmare on Elm Street. You'd think having seen the rest of what Craven was up to at this time that there'd be some pretty nasty stuff in this, but you'd be way off, it's proper man in a rubber suit fare, with stunts of A-Team quality. I'd be interested to learn how the hell this happened as it's so incongruous with the rest of his work. He does still manage to pull of a certain level of schlocky fun, but I'm not sure who the intended audience is here as it's a little too bloody for younger viewers (with some gratuitous nudity from Adrienne Barbeau definitely designed for older ones!) but if you're going for adults why stop as such a tame affair?
Wow, that was awkward. I wish Wes Craven would have waited a few more years to make this movie. Even today his filmography is VERY hit or miss, but at least not too long after this, he became a way more competent filmmaker. I can’t believe that he followed up this completely boring and cheesy mess with his masterpiece NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.
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…
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