Not another list of the last five Marvel movies, but an attempt at creating The Superhero List To End All…
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.
“Sympatischer B-Movie nach Comicvorlage. Die Schöne und das Biest im Sumpf. Viel Trash, tolle Location und billige Gummi-Monsterkostüme aber der heimliche Star des Films ist die großartige Adrienne Barbeau als taffe, unbezwingbare Heroin mit Herz.“
This is yet another one of those movies that I saw as a kid but the last viewing was many years ago. Certainly, when I saw it I did not know who Ray Wise was, so I was surprised to see that he was Alec before he became the title creature. I did not remember the Jude character, that is for sure. I am not sure about the acting but everything about that kid role is so goofy (such as how he managed to conveniently pop up more than once) I just have to laugh. Although it wasn't the biggest unintentional laugh I had while watching this; I'll get to that later. I noticed this was on the El Rey…
So corny, but that just somehow adds to the charm. Listened to the commentary with Wes Craven this time around, and like all of his other commentaries, he is funny, charming, and engaging. He'll always be one of the biggest in horror.
this was on tv and it actually wasn't that bad
Yeah it's cheesy fun... But it's also just really bad.
I understand that this is deliberately bad but unfortunately they forgot to make it fun.
Based on the DC Comic title, Swamp Thing is about a scientist named Alec Holland, who has a lab tucked deep into the swamp where he is doing secret research to cure world hunger. Right as he makes a break through, his lab is attacked and his work seized by the evil Dr. Arcane. In a desperate attempt to escape. Alec is doused in his formula and is transformed into the Swamp Thing. Now imbued with monstrous strength and the regenerative properties of plants, Swamp Thing is on a mission to thwart Arcane from using Holland's formula for his own twisted designs.
The movie starts out well enough - I like the actors involved. You have Ray Wise (aka Leland…
When I last saw this I hadn't read any of the comic and didn't really know that much about movies. Now that I've changed both of those I have to say it really seems like less of a DC adaption and more of a 'Cannon Films' forerunner to the Toxic Avenger.
Film #23 of Hoop-Tober 2015
Corny as fuck.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
UPDATE 1/27/2016: New removal. This time it's the 1980 mini-series The Martian Chronicles. Don't know why, since I was under…