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The Return of Swamp Thing -- Everyone's favorite muck-encrusted plant-man is back in The Return of Swamp Thing, the tounge-in-cheek action-adventure starring Louis Jourdan and Heather Locklear.
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Writers (WGA):
Len Wein (comic book) &
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Release Date:
12 May 1989 (USA) See more »
America's favorite super hero is back in action! See more »
The Swamp Thing returns to battle the evil Dr. Arcane, who has a new science lab full of creatures transformed by genetic mutation... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Louis Jourdan ... Dr. Anton Arcane

Heather Locklear ... Abby Arcane

Sarah Douglas ... Dr. Lana Zurrell

Dick Durock ... Swamp Thing

Joey Sagal ... Gunn (as Joe Sagal)

Ace Mask ... Dr. Rochelle
Monique Gabrielle ... Miss Poinsettia

RonReaco Lee ... Omar
Daniel Emery Taylor ... Darryl (as Daniel Taylor)
Ralph Pace ... Sheriff Beaumont
Timothy Birch ... Clyde

Alex Van ... Gurdell

Christopher Doyle ... Leechman
Rex Pierson ... Dr. Rochelle Mutation

Tony Sears ... Harry Dugan (as Anthony Sears)

Bill Eudaly ... Withered Chuck
J. Don Ferguson ... Bob
Cockroach Bob ... Himself
Anthony Cecere ... Conklin

Jim Grimshaw ... Morty

Albert B. Cooper IV ... Taxi Driver
Kevin Schmidt ... Lab Technician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nicholas Worth ... Bruno (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jim Wynorski 
Writing credits
Len Wein (comic book) &
Bernie Wrightson (comic book) (as Berni Wrightson)

Neil Cuthbert (written by) and
Grant Morris (written by)

Produced by
Annette Cirillo .... co-producer
Tom Kuhn .... executive producer
Benjamin Melniker .... producer
Charles Mitchell .... executive producer
Michael Uslan .... producer (as Michael E. Uslan)
Robert E. Warner .... associate producer
Original Music by
Chuck Cirino 
Cinematography by
Zoran Hochstätter (director of photography) (as Zoran Hochstatter)
Film Editing by
Leslie Rosenthal 
Production Design by
Robb Wilson King 
Set Decoration by
Frank Galline 
Costume Design by
Vicki Graef 
Makeup Department
Vincent Altamore .... creature makeup crew: "swamp thing"
Harvey Citron .... creature makeup crew: "swamp thing"
George Engel .... creature makeup crew: "swamp thing"
Carl Fullerton .... creature makeup creator: "swamp thing"
Dean Gates .... creature supervisor
Dean Gates .... makeup effects
Dean Gates .... special makeup artist: creature effects
Michael R. Jones .... special makeup effects artist
Todd Kleitsch .... creature makeup crew: "swamp thing"
Cora Knight .... creature crew
Cora Knight .... makeup effects
Coree Lear .... makeup artist
Neal Martz .... creature makeup creator: "swamp thing"
David Minkowski .... creature crew
David Minkowski .... special makeup effects artist
Steve Neill .... special makeup effects artist
Lorraine Watson .... hair stylist
Gene Witham .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruce Meade .... assistant director
Eric Moss .... assistant director
Art Department
Kevin Bacon .... carpenter
Tim Buss .... graphic designer
John C. Cameron .... assistant property master
Ian Christman .... assistant scenic artist
Ken Counts .... construction foreman
Tom Counts .... shop team
Damon Everett .... lead carpenter
Patrick Fuhrman .... set dresser
Skot Garrick .... set dresser
Charles Graves .... carpenter
James Graves .... carpenter
Richard Graves .... carpenter
Kelly Griffin .... assistant art
Mary Elizabeth Haynsworth .... assistant art
Bill Johnson .... carpenter
Thomas V. Johnson .... lead scenic artist
Tom Moye .... shop team
Ron Pearson .... shop team
L. Robert Stanfield .... greens art (as Larry Robert Stanfield)
Scott A. Stephens .... property master (as Scott Stephens)
Ed Sullivan .... carpenter
Terry Tyroch .... assistant art
Larry Verne .... construction coordinator
Stephanie Waldron .... greens art
Rob Watson .... carpenter
Richard Blake Wester .... leadman (as Richard Webster)
Jim Wiggins .... set production assistant
Cyndie Williams .... set production assistant
Valarie Wise .... assistant art director
Dawn Wolfe .... assistant greens
Fred Yohe .... scenic artist
Robb Kramer .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Barbara Barnaby .... adr editor
Jim Bryan .... sound effects editor
Catherine Calleson .... assistant sound editor
Robert Fitzgerald .... supervising sound editor
Jonathan Klein .... assistant sound editor
John Lawson .... stereo consultant
Linda Moss .... dialogue editor
Edie Robinette-Petrachi .... adr director
Edie Robinette-Petrachi .... foley artist
Hari Ryatt .... supervising sound editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Bruce Stubblefield .... dialogue editor
Peter Tomaszewicz .... sound effects editor
Doug E. Turner .... sound re-recording mixer (as Doug Turner)
Fred Wasser .... sound effects editor
Frank Welker .... special sound effects
Blake Wilcox .... sound mixer
Kris Wilcox .... boom operator
John Wilkinson .... sound re-recording mixer (as John 'Doc' Wilkinson)
Special Effects by
Derek DeVoe .... arcanelab mutants crew: Todd Masters Company (as Dereck Devoc)
Jeff Edwards .... arcanelab mutants crew: Todd Masters Company
Kim Graham .... arcanelab mutants crew: Todd Masters Company
Robyn Jacobs .... arcanelab mutants crew: Todd Masters Company
Robyn Jacobs .... special effects technician
Robert J. Marino .... arcanelab mutants crew: Todd Masters Company
Todd Masters .... arcanelab mutants creator: Todd Masters Company
James McLoughlin .... arcanelab mutants crew: Todd Masters Company (as James McCloughlin)
Andy Schoneberg .... arcanelab mutants crew: Todd Masters Company
B.J. Shelley .... special effects crew: Special Effects International
Bob Shelley .... special effects coordinator
Don Shelley .... special effects crew: Special Effects International
Aaron Sims .... arcanelab mutants crew: Todd Masters Company
Willard Stephens .... special effects crew: Special Effects International
Eddie Yang .... arcanelab mutants crew: Todd Masters Company (as Edward Yang)
Visual Effects by
Lisze Bechtold .... animator
Richard Blurr .... optical printer operator
Michelle Deal .... inker
Linda Drake .... animation camera (as Linda Obalil)
Robert Hanson .... tesla coil effect
Kevin Kutchaver .... animator
Michael Lessa .... animator
Jim Stewart .... visual effects supervisor
Kathy Zielinski .... skull on painting
Jackie Brummer .... stunts
Anthony Cecere .... stunt coordinator
Christopher Doyle .... stunts (as Chris Doyle)
Ellis Edwards .... stunts
Joe Gilbride .... stunts
Linda Kaye .... stunts
Christopher Derek Lee .... stunts
Rex Pierson .... stunts
Lee Waddell .... stunts (as Rex Lee Waddell Jr.)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Bahara .... first assistant camera
Jürgen Baum .... key grip (as Jurgen Baum)
Frank Caslin .... electrician
Mauro Fiore .... dolly grip
Russell Jeffcoat .... still photographer
Chris Krueger .... grip
David C. Negrin .... second assistant camera (as Dave 'Babylegs' Negrin)
Jim Pescrille .... electrician (as Jim Prescille)
Greg Reim .... grip
Dennis Rice .... electrician
Riko Schatke .... second company grip
John Sprague .... lighting design
Penny Sprague .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Cynthia Stillwell .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Ayers .... costume supervisor
L. Robert Stanfield .... wardrobe assistant (as Larry Stanfield)
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Jim Moores .... post-production supervisor
Mark Perzely .... first assistant editor
Kevin Schmidt .... apprentice editor
Location Management
Joey Alfieris .... location manager
Transportation Department
David Cann .... driver
Adrian Carter .... driver
Albert B. Cooper IV .... transportation coordinator
Troy Flynn .... driver
Troy Flynn .... transportation captain
Philip Jones Jr. .... driver
Steve Mitchell .... driver
H. Denise Rivers .... driver
Sherri Scott .... driver
Jerry Shore Jr. .... genny operator
Lester Tremble .... driver
Elston Williams .... driver
Other crew
Joan S. Aceste .... executive in charge of business affairs
Stan Bielowicz .... first aid
Raphael Camacho .... production assistant
Arne Holland .... executive in charge of production (as Arnold J. Holland)
Jan Illing .... production assistant
Kathleen Kennedy .... production assistant
Jules Lichtman .... production consultant
Margaret McCourt .... assistant accountant
Steve Mitchell .... production assistant
David Richard .... production assistant
Victoria Rose .... public relations
Jan Rudolph .... script supervisor
Cathy Schellhorn .... assistant production coordinator
Tony Trimarco .... production accountant
Dottie Vaughn .... craft service
Lois Walker .... production coordinator
Lynda Webb .... assistant first aid
Jim Williams .... ant consultant
Brian Zickus .... caterer
Pete Zickus .... caterer
Daniel Veluzat .... location liaison (uncredited)

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UK:84 min (DVD) | USA:88 min
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Did You Know?

With this film, Dick Durock became the first actor since Christopher Reeve to reprise the role of a DC Comics protagonist.See more »
Abby Arcane:[after experiencing psyching sex with Swamp Thing] Was it real?
Swamp Thing:As real, as you want it to be.
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Movie Connections:
References "T.J. Hooker" (1982)See more »
Born on the BayouSee more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Possibly better than the original..., 12 November 2007
Author: handleyr from United States

Return of the Swamp Thing takes the best aspect of the original Wes Craven cult classic (its camp value) and also the worst (its discontinuity with the comics) to produce an exceedingly silly and over-the-top film that ranks right up there with Attack of the Killer Tomatoes in terms of sheer comic-bookish hilarity.

The casting works surprisingly well, despite the use of B- and C-list actors. Dick Durock, once again, brings far more class to the role of the Swamp Thing than the writing would seem to allow. And Louis Jordan, while completely unlike the Arcane seen in the comics in every way, is deliciously brilliant in every villainous role he's every played (see Octopussy as an example of a brilliant Jordan performance in an otherwise uninspired movie).

Plus, what's not to love about Heather Locklear? Sure, she's missing Abby's Transylvanian accent from the comic. Sure, she portrays Abby as far more airheaded than she was in the comic. And sure, she's not wearing comic-book Abby's trademark jean cutoffs and read shirt. But this is Heather Locklear, folks, and she more than makes up for it every time she smiles. (Hey, I'm reviewing a corny movie...what better way to do so than to make corny statements?)

Rumors abound that we might someday see a new Swamp Thing film, this time built around the landmark origin story Alan Moore brought to the character. We can only hope. In the meantime, both Swamp Thing films (while hardly high cinema) are still great B-movie fun. Make yourself some popcorn, check 'em both out and be sure to leave your brain in the swamp.

Rich Handley Roots of the Swamp Thing

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