Swamp Thing [Blu-ray + DVD]
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deep in florida's darkest everglades, a brilliant scientist and a sexy government agent have developed a secret formula that could end world hunger and change civilization forever. Little do they know, however, that their arch nemesis is plotting to steal the serum for his own selfish schemes. Looting the lab and kidnapping the agent, the madman douses the scientist with the secret chemicals and leaves him for dead in the swamp. Mutated by his own formula, the scientist is transformed into a half human/half plant superhero who will stop at nothing to rescue the beautiful woman and defeat his arch nemesis...Even if it costs him his life! //
Horror vet Wes Craven wrote and directed this campy swamp romp adapted from the DC Comic of the same name. Adrienne Barbeau stars as cleavangelically blessed government agent Alice Cable, sent to the bayou to guard the brilliant Dr. Alec Holland. Holland is using recombinant DNA to create "a plant with an animal's aggressive power for survival." Let's hope none of that volatile secret formula gets spilled! Swamp Thing is an unusual mix of monster movie and superhero flick, but definitely an enjoyable ride. Craven deliberately uses comic-book-style wipes and transitions to keep us from taking anything too seriously, and Louis Jourdan keeps up the tone with his camp performance as the evil Arcane. Also keep an eye out for young Reggie Batts in a terrific deadpan performance as Jude, the helpful gas station attendant. --Ali Davis --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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After a raid at Dr. Holland's laboratory, he is set on fire and the serum is splashed all over him. He jumps in the swamp and disappears. Agent Cable returns to find the lab a smoldering ruin, and most of the notes for the formula missing. She gets out of there but is caught by Arcane's men (the leader is played by David Hess from "Last House on the Left"). She manages to escape and during the pursuit for her Swamp Thing makes his first appereance. He saves the day and she manages to escape and makes it to a small store run by a small boy named Jude (Reggie Batts). He helps her get out of there but they are pursued and she is caught (again) and taken to Arcane's sumptious estate in the swamps. They use her for bate and of course Swamp Thing comes to the rescue and, of course, he is captured. Arcane's men manage to lock him up in a dungeon (a dungeon in the swamps?!) and he has an arm cut off during the struggle.
By this time Arcane has found the last notebook for the formula and has managed to duplicate it. He slips some of the formula to one of his men during a victory party and everyone watched as he turns into a midget, pig-like creature. Arcane is upset that the formula did not give the man the powers and size that Swamp Thing has and he questions him under duress. Of course the duress is agent Cable being threatened while in chains. Swamp Thing tells him that the serum amplifies the essence of whatever the person is.Read more ›
Now as far as the flick. I think it's only "okay" all around, and I have been a big fan of the comic series for decades. The Swampthing costume... It's not too bad nor too great even for that era when this film was made.... Looks like what it is... A molded, green, rubber suit. Definitely not as cool as the USA TV series one was! The movie concepts are about as faithful to the comic books as Batman movies were to Batman comics... Some faithfulness and differences, about a 50/50 split. Happily enough though, most of the Swamp_Thing/Alec Holland origin scenario, and his emotional struggle with regaining humanity, stays true. Diehard Swamp Thing purists will probably have a fair share of complaints however. At least this flick is not as butchered from the original source as say... The Punisher movie! I enjoyed this flick much more in my youth when they aired the hell out of it on HBO back in the day. Nowadays, in my late 20's, I consider it a decent view and worth a look, but something that I'd probably only throw in the DVD maybe once every year or two. I'd still say it's worth the buy if you can obtain one for around the MSRP. Paying much more than that and you'll likely find yourself rather disspointed.
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I didn't even think to check the zoning for this disc. Was not able to play it in Canada...Published 4 months ago by Heather Clarke
AH. Not the best BR transfer... I have come to expect more from SCREAM factory... however... considering the quality of the print they were working with... Read morePublished 4 months ago by J.D. Richard
Excellent adaptation of the comic book by future horror film master Wes craven the man behind horror classics A Nightmare on elm street, Scream, Shocker & People under the stairsPublished 12 months ago by K. D.
Great schlocky comic book movie and also one of the earliest ones ever made. If you enjoy campiness and so-so special f/x this one's for you,and Adrienne Barbeau has a couple of... Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2009 by tony molica
This film is based on a well know comic book character.
Lab accidents do happen. Doctor Alec Holland (Ray Wise) can attest to this. Read more
A recent write up in the Dallas Morning News told about local Blockbuster stores removing this from their shelves. Read morePublished on May 6 2002