After a violent incident with a special chemical, a research scientist is turned into a swamp plant monster.


Wes Craven


Wes Craven
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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


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 <>

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Horror | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


Debut theatrical feature film as full producers produced by both of the movie's producers Michael E. Uslan and Benjamin Melniker though the latter had previously acted in executive producer roles. See more »


When Swamp Thing first saves Cable, two of the commandos have suspension lines attached, one clear and later one black, to pull the men up when Swamp Thing throws them. See more »


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

The "Uncut International Version" features some additional shots of nudity compared to the original US theatrical release making it 2 minutes longer:
  • When Adrienne Barbeau takes a bath in the swamp you could only see a side shot of her breast. Now you can see some extra seconds of full-on breast shots.
  • 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.
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Referenced in That Swamp Thing: A Look Back with Len Wein (2013) See more »

User Reviews

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 blanbrnSee 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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Release Date:

19 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Swamp Thing See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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DC Comics, Swampfilms See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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