Thursday, December 14

Movie Review: Swamp Thing (1982)

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Starring: Louis Jordan, Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise, David Hess, Mimi Craven, Dick Durock, Don Knight, Al Ruban, Nannette Brown, and Nicholas Worth.

Directed by: Wes Craven.

Released: February 19th, 1982.

Based on the “Swamp Thing” comic book from Vertigo, created by Bernie Wrightson and Len Wein, “Swamp Thing” depicts a laboratory scientist who is accidentally transformed into a human/swamp creature hybrid (this creature is played by Dick Durock) by his own formula creation. The scientist, Dr. Alec Holland (played by Ray Wise), is attempting to engineer a new species that is a combination of plant and animal, one that can grow and live in harsh environments and conditions.

Unfortunately, Dr. Holland becomes the very thing he is trying to create when the greedy Arcane (played by Louis Jordan) attempts to steal the formula for himself. This formula transforms Dr. Holland’s body into a combination of plant and swamp vegetation. Aside from Dr. Holland, the only survivor from this laboratory disaster is his girlfriend Alice Cable (played by Adrienne Barbeau) whom doesn’t recognize Dr. Holland’s ‘new body’ so to speak. Then there’s Arcane who’s intent on killing any survivors or witnesses from the incident and is also interested in a missing notebook that contains important information regarding Dr. Holland’s formula, this notebook happens to be in the hands of Alice Cable. 

“Swamp Thing” borrows themes from many classic films (mad scientist films, monster films, and so forth) but adds enough freshness to make it unique. This is carefully crafted by director Wes Craven, whom had previously directed 1972’s “The Last House on the Left” and 1977’s “The Hills Have Eyes”, two films which (much like “Swamp Thing”) display a very personal relationship between the environment and its cast of characters.


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