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Swamp Ape (2017)

A group of college researchers go camping deep into the Florida Everglades .While entering forbidden Native American territory against being advised not to, the group encounters the Swamp Ape.


Geoff Ward


Geoff Ward

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Credited cast:
Vanessa Capriglione Vanessa Capriglione ... Lily
Justin Brackett Justin Brackett ... Theo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adam Brudnicki ... Ranger Steve
Lina Dang Lina Dang ... Volleyball player 2
Elgin David Elgin David ... Carl
Duke Escobar Duke Escobar ... Duke the dog
Robert J. Fox Robert J. Fox ... Professor Stein (as Robert Fox)
Garcia Jaqueline Garcia Jaqueline ... Anna Marie
David Koenig David Koenig ... Swamp Ape 1
Mike Lazar Mike Lazar ... Jasper
Jamil Malik Jamil Malik ... Cheif Nadjo
Daryl Patrice Daryl Patrice ... Wendy
Derek Russo ... Swamp Ape 2
Joseph Setinsek Joseph Setinsek ... Volleyball player 1
Geoff Ward ... Mack


A group of college researchers go camping deep into the Florida Everglades .While entering forbidden Native American territory against being advised not to, the group encounters the Swamp Ape.

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1 January 2017 (USA) See more »


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$20,000 (estimated)
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Fine if still problematic effort
15 January 2017 | by kannibalcorpsegrinderSee all my reviews

Taking a trip into the wilderness, a class of biology students investigating the rising local pollution levels finds their journey interrupted by a discovery that a legendary creature has been stalking them looking for a potential mate and must find a way of getting out of the swamp alive.

For the most part, this one here wasn't too bad but did have some problems. One of the main problems here with the film is the rather campy, low-budget feel and tone present that runs continually throughout this one which is quite frequently throughout here. The most obvious part of that is the actual effects work for the different elements including the CGI gunfire as well as the quick random insert shots of vehicles getting attacked out in the jungle as the creature comes after them through several rather shoddy effects. Even the monster itself falls victim to that being a rather cruddy costume that looks unbelievably cheap in the same sense of wearing a shag-carpet style fur that constitutes the creatures' costume that looks really terrible even before showcasing the big prosthetic attached to the creature that showcases the urge to mate. It's comical and makes for an altogether disappointing and completely lame main monster that's supposed to be scary and chilling. While it looks rather nice when compared to the overall atmosphere and tone of the film, it still sticks out and doesn't really give the kind of impressionable factor that it really deserves. As well, the fact that the film takes so long to get going, with the first half-hour barely having any kind of action with the beast manages to really make for a stumbling first half as this one never really has the time to waste here being just under an hour so to waste that kind of time not doing anything, and to have it be the kind of insipid joking around and goofing on each other just gives this quite a hard time to get through. Though these do tend to hold it back highly, the fact that there's still some rather nice parts here as once the creature appears this one gets some nice action scenes going where the perfunctory smell comes into play to set up some rather thrilling chases in the swamps. The big battle at the campsite where the creature appears in the trap and forces them to take off into the surrounding areas makes for a rather nice time here, and it's big chase to get away makes for a thrilling finale. With some decent gore and a mildly appreciable sense of cheese, it's not entirely terrible but can't really overcome the flaws.

Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence, Brief Nudity and Language.

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