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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deputy Eric Fraser
Mike Ploog
Patrick Thompson ...
Jake Schist (as Pat Thompson)
Steve Gerber
Wayne Thibadeaux
Rodney Thibadeaux
Brett Leonard ...
Val Mayerick
Billy James
Cheryl Craig ...


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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Release Date:

21 April 2005 (Singapore)  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)

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The film's budget was estimated at 7.5 millions dollars, its North American box office take was just $143,615. The film had a worldwide total of $8,623,136. See more »


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Decent horror, bad adaptation
2 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The F/X and plot in this movie are what you would expect in a straight to video low budget flick, but the character is handled badly in my opinion. In fact, Man-Thing seems to have little character at all. Maybe I missed something, but it left me disappointed.

I thought the creature design, on the other hand was very good and true to form for a screen adaptation. If you're a fan of the comic, you probably won't like this much, but if you're just looking for a monster movie and don't mind waiting around for a good look at the beastie than this movie should suit you fine.

Remember, I produce shorts because I have a short attention span, so the pace may not seem so slow to you.

Oh, and having been to FL "swamps", they did build a rather convincing recreation.

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