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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Alice Cable
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Ferret
Nicholas Worth ...
Bruno
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Ritter
Al Ruban ...
Charlie
Dick Durock ...
Ben Bates ...
Arcane Monster
Nannette Brown ...
Reggie Batts ...
Jude
Mimi Craven ...
Arcane's Secretary (as Mimi Meyer)
Karen Price ...
Arcane's Messenger
Bill Erickson ...
Young Agent
Dov Gottesfeld ...
Commando
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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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19 February 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El monstruo del pantano  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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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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Doctor Alec Holland: No, Ritter. Not you.
Harry Ritter: No, Dr. Holland, not Ritter.
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Harry Ritter: Ritter, poor fellow, is long dead.
[removes his mask, showing that was Arcane all along]
Dr. Anton Arcane: You've heard of but never seen me, so I'll introduce myself. My name is Arcane.
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Good comic book fun, but marred by a troubled production
9 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the great staples of childhood is the comic book. They've been a part of our culture for some time and just about every one has been adapted for the screen. Filmmakers can do amazing things with movies about Super Heroes today and effects have really come a long way. Fortunately, favorites like the 'Batman' and 'Superman' movies have held up rather well. Then there are others that were great in their time, but watching them today isn't the same. Wes Craven had big plans for his 'Swamp Thing' adaptation, but constant budget cuts and rewrites kept it from being all it could have. After all is said and done though, it's still about 90 minutes of above average popcorn movie entertainment.

Pros: Great performances. Exciting score by the super talented Harry Manfredini. Fabulous cinematography. Beautiful, lush scenery. Fast paced all the way through. Some good tongue-in-cheek humor. Some really exciting action. Obviously made with an affection for monster movies.

Cons: Plot wears thin. Pretty poor effects. The decreasing budget and rewrites show. For example, some things are not as fleshed out as they should have been like the romance subplot. Corny at times, especially in the final act.

Final thoughts: According to Adrienne Barbeau, the original script was more an epic along the lines of 'Star Wars.' After watching the finished product it's a shame it didn't turn out the way Craven planned. Unfortunately sometimes things don't come together like they should and the film suffers for it. However, in this case the end result is actually not bad at all. It wants to entertain and it does that.

My rating: 3.5/5


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