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Swamp Thing (1982)

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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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Wes Craven

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Wes Craven, Len Wein (comic book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Jourdan ... Arcane
Adrienne Barbeau ... Alice Cable
Ray Wise ... Dr. Alec Holland
David Hess ... Ferret
Nicholas Worth ... Bruno
Don Knight ... Ritter
Al Ruban Al Ruban ... Charlie
Dick Durock ... Swamp Thing
Ben Bates ... Arcane Monster
Nannette Brown Nannette Brown ... Dr. Linda Holland
Reggie Batts ... Jude
Mimi Craven ... Arcane's Secretary (as Mimi Meyer)
Karen Price Karen Price ... Arcane's Messenger
Bill Erickson Bill Erickson ... Young Agent
Dov Gottesfeld Dov Gottesfeld ... Commando
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Storyline

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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Horror | Sci-Fi

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Ding aus dem Sumpf See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Swampfilms See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Alice Cable (Adrienne Barbeau) is an amalgam of two characters, Abby Arcane and Matthew Joseph Cable, from the source "Swamp Thing" comic books, who in them was married at different times to both Matthew Cable is and Dr. Anton Arcane, the latter of whom in the film is played by Louis Jourdan but the two are antagonists and are not romantically involved. See more »

Goofs

When Jude and Cable are discussing the "tree" that Arkan's men's truck ran into, they look down at Swamp Thing's footprint and a white pointed toe shoe is clearly in the shot...however Cable & Jude are wearing black shoes. See more »

Quotes

Swamp Thing: Everything's a dream when you're alone.
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Alternate Versions

The 2002 DVD release by MGM features some additional shots of nudity compared to the original US theatrical release:
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  • At the beginning of the party scene (Bruno's big comeuppance) two dancing gypsy women taking off their clothes. This footage was not included in previous video and laserdisc releases. Reissues on DVD and Blu-ray since 2005 have reverted to the original censored PG version.
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Amplification of Each's Essence
17 February 2008 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

I really have an affection for this truly campy, cheaply-made, cheesy film from the early 80's. Wes Craven, before he hits it real big, obviously has some directorial flair, but there is a lot here that is atypical of his work. The special effects are really cheap, I mean, aside from the Swamp Thing outfit, everything else is very badly done from the hideous, cowardly midget to the overblown, terrible outfit of another "fearsome" monster that personifies the very essence of evil - or so we are told. It would be very easy to dissect this film for all of its obvious faults, but what I do like is that it has that feel of an old sci-fi film from years gone by - good vs. evil. It has some decent acting and set locations. Louis Jourdan plays the suave villain as well as anybody and David Hess(Last House on the Left fame) plays a despicable henchman with few peers. And Adrienne Barbeau? She bares it and is beautiful in all forms of undress as her cleavage barely manages to stay on as she runs through swampland. She plays Alice Cable, a love interest for the Swamp Thing, a creation of serendipity and scientific experimentation. The story, loosely based on a comic book, is liberally dosed with action, inane dialog, and what you would expect for a film of this ilk, but all enjoyable. I enjoyed the character of Jude too, played with an innocence to acting(and perhaps talent) that few films would allow but comes off I think. Besides, Adrienne Barbeau is in it - this is one of the few times I really would like to have Cable!


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