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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...
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.
Film #12 in 31 Days of Horror 2016
Viewed on Netflix
I've not read any Swamp Thing comics (although he has popped up in a couple of other comics I've read) so my main incentive to watch this was to see what Wes Craven could do with the concept.
He might have made a more 'comic book' style film or explored the Body Horror angle but instead it's a dull Sci-Fi Drama. The action elements and the finale are the only hints at the more entertaining film I was looking for.
"A strong adversary is like a beautiful and dangerous woman: I've never been able to resist either."
Really fun, schlocky b-movie. Not perfect though -- the scene transitions are pretty bad. It also has some weird plot points in it. I'm not sure if this is really a SPOILER or not, but I'm not sure I like how how swamp thing can just bring people back to life. It takes away some of tension. But if your into silly little b-movies like me, check it out. It's good-natured schlock.
I wanted to watch this because it looked bad/cheesy and I think Alan moores swamp thing is a great graphic novel.
It was better than I expected but I can't call it good, there's good camp value to it
There's fun to be had here along with some really soulful moments but this wasn't the movie I wanted it to be. That's on me - not you, Swamp Thing.
I've never read the comics, but when I was little I did have Swamp Thing action figures. The one I remember most has a retractable arm function, it would stretch out about 2 or 3 inches then you pushed a button and it snapped back. That action figure did cooler things than this Swamp Thing. He's strong and he needs sunlight to live, but that's about it.
There's really no metric I can think of that will allow me to rate this very high. It feels slightly between the monster movies of the 1950's with it's oddball science fiction and cheap spark explosions and the hyper-masculine Cannon-style action films of the 1980's. Once the man transforms into the thing he really ceases having any depth, he just rages around, knocking over cars and throwing people around.
I suppose it can be watched ironically, but mostly it's just terrible.
If it was a movie with Jude as the lead...it would probably be a 5/5.
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