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Curse of the Swamp Creature (1966)

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Deep in the rural swamps of Texas the mad Dr. Simond Trent is conducting experiments on the local swamp people in an attempt to discover the secret of evolution. When a party of oil ... See full summary »

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Barry Rogers
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Pat Trent
Jeff Alexander ...
Dr. Simond Trent
Shirley McLine ...
Brenda Simmons
Cal Duggan ...
Ritchie
Charles McLine ...
Rabbit Simms
Bill McGhee ...
Tracker (as Bill McGee)
Ted Mitchell ...
Valjean
Roger Ready ...
Frenchie (as Rodger Ready)
Bill Thurman ...
Driscoll West / The Swamp Creature
Tony Huston ...
Tom (as Tony Houston)
Gayle Johnson ...
Mura
Michael Tolden ...
Elderly Father
Annabelle Weenick ...
Hotel Clerk
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Pilot (as Pat Cranshaw)
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Deep in the rural swamps of Texas the mad Dr. Simond Trent is conducting experiments on the local swamp people in an attempt to discover the secret of evolution. When a party of oil surveyors comes upon his isolated laboratory he decides to take the final step and turn one of them into a grotesque amphibious creature. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Director Larry Buchanan later went on record saying "Never make a swamp picture. Your film comes back and it's all...strange". See more »

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Tom: Doctor, I was thinking... just the work that you've done with the crocodiles and taking them back along the evolutionary path and making them into fish would be enough to win you world acclaim.
Dr. Simond Trent: Yes, but acclaim... that's nothing. To create life, to move it up and down the evolutionary path... that's something. Something I don't you quite appreciate, Tom.
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Remake of Voodoo Woman (1957) See more »

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from It Conquered the World (1956)
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Bored On The Bayou
12 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although Dr. Simon Trent, in the 1966 shlock classic "Curse of the Swamp Creature," is a completely obnoxious, homicidal, bullying madman, you've got to at least give him credit for one thing: He keeps his pet alligators well fed! Every time one of his experiments on evolution reversal or possibly the creation of an artificially gilled fishman (I'm not quite clear on this point) goes awry--which is pretty darn often, actually--his human test subject gets tossed into his front-yard gator pool. A production of American International Television (was this thing actually a TV movie?!?!), this lame little cheapie is a real challenge to sit through. No wonder star John Agar, here a geologist looking for oil near Trent's bayou retreat, seems to be having difficulty keeping his eyes open. Cult actress Francine York is on hand, too, playing Trent's captive wife, and her many charms are mostly wasted here. The film is only 80 minutes long, and yet still feels padded with endless shots of voodoo dancers, alligators, and swamp cruising. Throw in a singularly lame-looking monster who only appears in the picture's final five minutes, the lamest quicksand scene ever committed to film, remarkably poor dialogue, egregious day-for-night shots, incessantly annoying voodoo drumming, and completely uninspired direction by Larry Buchanan and you've got the makings of a real swamp mess indeed. My beloved "Psychotronic Encyclopedia" says that this movie is "an all-time favorite of American insomniacs," and I think I now understand why. This snoozer should put anyone to sleep!


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