After a violent incident with a special chemical, a research scientist is turned into a swamp plant monster.

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Alice Cable
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Ferret
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Bruno
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Ritter
Al Ruban ...
Charlie
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Ben Bates ...
Arcane Monster
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Jude
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Arcane's Secretary (as Mimi Meyer)
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Arcane's Messenger
Bill Erickson ...
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Dov Gottesfeld ...
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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 . . . Written by Mark Harding <mah@imdb.com>

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Dick Durock was forced into the role of the Swamp Thing by necessity. He'd been brought on board the project as a stuntman, but the filmmakers found that it was impossible to go from Durock to Ray Wise - who had been cast as Alec Holland, Swamp Thing's former self - and back again because the two men looked so different in Swamp Thing's makeup. See more »

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The first time Arcane's thugs chase Alice Cable (Adrienne Barbeau) in the swamp, one of the guys shoots his own man and the squad leader takes his rifle away from him. After a quick cut away, the original shooter has his rifle back. See more »

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Swamp Thing: What Bruno took was what changed me; it only amplifies your essence. It simply makes you more of what you already are.
Dr. Anton Arcane: Bruno's essence was stupidity.
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Amplification of Each's Essence
17 February 2008 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

I really have an affection for this truly campy, cheaply-made, cheesy film from the early 80's. Wes Craven, before he hits it real big, obviously has some directorial flair, but there is a lot here that is atypical of his work. The special effects are really cheap, I mean, aside from the Swamp Thing outfit, everything else is very badly done from the hideous, cowardly midget to the overblown, terrible outfit of another "fearsome" monster that personifies the very essence of evil - or so we are told. It would be very easy to dissect this film for all of its obvious faults, but what I do like is that it has that feel of an old sci-fi film from years gone by - good vs. evil. It has some decent acting and set locations. Louis Jourdan plays the suave villain as well as anybody and David Hess(Last House on the Left fame) plays a despicable henchman with few peers. And Adrienne Barbeau? She bares it and is beautiful in all forms of undress as her cleavage barely manages to stay on as she runs through swampland. She plays Alice Cable, a love interest for the Swamp Thing, a creation of serendipity and scientific experimentation. The story, loosely based on a comic book, is liberally dosed with action, inane dialog, and what you would expect for a film of this ilk, but all enjoyable. I enjoyed the character of Jude too, played with an innocence to acting(and perhaps talent) that few films would allow but comes off I think. Besides, Adrienne Barbeau is in it - this is one of the few times I really would like to have Cable!


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