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The Return of Swamp Thing (1989)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 12 May 1989 (USA)
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The Swamp Thing returns to battle the evil Dr. Arcane, who has a new science lab full of creatures transformed by genetic mutation, and chooses Heather Locklear as his new object of ... See full summary »

Director:

Jim Wynorski

Writers:

Len Wein (comic book), Bernie Wrightson (comic book) (as Berni Wrightson) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Daniel Emery Taylor ... Darryl (as Daniel Taylor)
Ralph Pace Ralph Pace ... Sheriff Beaumont
Timothy Birch Timothy Birch ... Clyde
Alex Van ... Gurdell
Christopher Doyle ... Leechman
Rex Pierson Rex Pierson ... Dr. Rochelle Mutation
Tony Sears ... Harry Dugan (as Anthony Sears)
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Storyline

The Swamp Thing returns to battle the evil Dr. Arcane, who has a new science lab full of creatures transformed by genetic mutation, and chooses Heather Locklear as his new object of affection. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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Vicious mutants! Raw terror! Sheer nightgowns! See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das grüne Ding aus dem Sumpf See more »

Filming Locations:

Savannah, Georgia, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$192,816

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$192,816
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

With this film, Dick Durock became the first actor since Christopher Reeve to reprise the role of a DC Comics protagonist. See more »

Goofs

When Arcane re-captures Abby and returns her to his mansion, it seems like dozens of guards in front of the house are frantically running past them in both directions, presumably to defend the mansion from Swamp Thing. In one long shot, you can see an extra dressed as a guard running right-to-left, then stopping, turning, and running left-to-right. This reveals that the multitude of hustling guards were actually a far smaller number doing circuits in and out of the camera frame. See more »

Quotes

Abby Arcane: Is there a Mrs. Swamp Thing?
Swamp Thing: No, I'm a bachelor.
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Crazy Credits

After the Co-Producer credit, the credits 'rewind' and there is a brief scene of Omar and Darryl at the Fotomat. Then the credits resume starting with the same Co-Producer credit. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1989 UK cinema version was cut by 2 minutes 34 secs by the BBFC in order to receive a 12 rating with edits to the fight scenes, a woman being assaulted and some of the opening torture shots in the laboratory. All the cuts were waived for the 15-rated video version and the 2004 12-rated Prism DVD. See more »


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Red Hot Hog Women From Mars
Composed by Steven B. Small
Performed by Dave Nichols
Published by Act Fast Music
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Possibly better than the original...
12 November 2007 | by handleyrSee all my reviews

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 http://www.swampthingroots.com


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