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Swamp Thing (1982)

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
Nannette Brown ...
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Jude
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Arcane's Secretary (as Mimi Meyer)
Karen Price ...
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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19 February 1982 (USA)  »

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Das Ding aus dem Sumpf  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Music composer Harry Manfredini had previously composed the music score for Friday the 13th (1980) and Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) (as well as their later sequels) with his score for Swamp Thing (1982) containing multiple similarities to the theme music from the franchise. See more »

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When Swamp Thing first appears, he grabs Ferret and yanks him into the water, totally submerging and soaking him (including his head). A minute or two later Ferret's head is dry. See more »

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Doctor Alec Holland: No, Ritter. Not you.
Harry Ritter: No, Dr. Holland, not Ritter.
[voice changes]
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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Campy and cheesy sci-film from horror legend Wes Craven, a nice treat too it features sexy screen queen Adrienne Barbeau.
7 September 2007 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Wes Craven, who's normally known for his horror films that bring terror and fright, here with this 1982 entry he toned it down a lot. 1982's "Swamp Thing" is certainly campy as you can tell from the scenes it's cheap made and the sets look unrealistic and finally the costume of the creature is much to be desired. Still for a 1982 film well before the big computer and special effects graphic boom it held up pretty good and it's still a fun little watch and it was nice to be treated to Adrienne Barbeau's performance. Set in the muggy and swamp land of the deep southern US a scientist Alec Holland(Ray Wise)meets up with a sexy federal government agent Alice Cable(Adrienne Barbeau)and they develop a cure thru chemicals that is supposed to end hunger. A bad guy nemesis Arcane(Louis Jourdan)plans to steal the serum potion and use it for his own deadly benefits, yet it backfires one day and Holland becomes Swamp Thing a half man and half plant superhero. From then like your typical comic book fashion the good guy against bad guy chase and adventure starts with the hero saving mankind, the planet, and the damsel. Overall good yet nothing great, an extra treat is the lake river bath of Adrienne when she gets topless! A good sexy performance from Barbeau that freshens up the dull camp and cheesy feel of this sci-fi cult film.


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