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Man-Thing (2005)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Horror  |  21 April 2005 (Singapore)
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Agents of an oil tycoon vanish while exploring a swamp marked for drilling. The local sheriff investigates and faces a Seminole legend come to life: Man-Thing, a shambling swamp-monster whose touch burns those who feel fear.

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Bywater's native Seminole Indians believe the swamp will be bloodily revenged by its guardian spirit, a 'dark warrior', for its 'rape' by Frederic and son Jake Schist's oil-drilling, sold out by their own late chief Ted Sallis. The rig is illegally protested against by hot-head ecologists, who get blamed for vandalism on the site. New, outsider sheriff Kyle Williams suspects immediately local adolescent Billy James wasn't eaten during love-making there by a cayman but by a mysterious monster, which already made and soon makes new bloody victims in weird, inconsistent ways. Several people add to the danger. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated R for violence, grisly images, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)
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Filmed lasted from late August 2003, until late October 2003. This was originally intended for a direct-to-video release, but later there was plans for a small release to theaters in Spain, Russia and United Arab Emirates. However, those plans were scrapped, and the movie sat unreleased, until it was later announced as a Sci Fi Channel original movie in spring 2005. The DVD and VHS became available in summer 2005. See more »

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It wasn't great, but it wasn't as bad as "Captain America."
2 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a die hard marvel comic book fan, I listed Sci Fi's showing of "Man-thing" as a must see. The film opens up like a low budget Friday the 13th movie. I can only assume it involved a couple having sex because the television cut was "choppy" to say the least.

As the plot started to unfold, it became increasingly clear Man-thing was not going to be a big part of this movie. Instead, the script chose to focus on a sleazy oil tycoon, a tree hugging hottie, and a green behind the ears sheriff. There was also a sub-plot involving alleged stolen proceeds from the sale of sacred Indian land.

If you are looking for a lot of cool shots of the monster, you will be disappointed. Aside from the occasional random killing, Man-thing isn't really seen until the film's finale. There also seems to be no rhyme or reason to Man-thing's murderous rampage. In several scenes he will only kill one of the parties while inexplicably letting everyone else get away. There is also a very out of place scene where an Indian allows himself to be killed for no apparent reason.

The acting in this film is on par with most B movies in the genre. I occasionally noticed some Australian sneaking into the actors supposed thick southern accents.

Overall I gave the movie a 6. It is entertaining provided you are willing to overlook the many plot holes. One final question, why doesn't anyone ever go into the swamp during the day?


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