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Return of Swamp Thing [DVD] [1989] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L4NB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,841 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 April 2011
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This sequel comes seven years after Wes Craven's low budget semi-horror Swamp Thing film. Continuity is maintained by having Dick Durant still in the role of Swamp Thing but the tone of this film is completely different. There's still a comedy-horror element, but the levels of comedy far exceed any horror and the overall feel is that of a film which doesn't take itself seriously.

The film opens at the swamp and draws our attention to the fact that there are sinister things lurking in the water when we see government officials being attacked by some strange monster. As one worker is singled out and about to become monster mashed, the first few moments feel very much like the original film. But after a large figure emerges from the bog to a fanfare of music before chasing away the monster, he shakes hands and introduces himself: "They call me, Swamp Thing". It's a cool introduction followed by ink art showing Swamp Thing's comic book roots (pardon the pun). It's very clear that in the years since becoming Swamp Thing, Doctor Holland has not become a monster, he is one of the most human characters in the film and ultimately a hero who is very well spoken and has manners any mother would be proud of.

This sequel sees Swamp Thing pitted against his nemesis Doctor Arcane (who was actually killed in the previous film!) and getting some romantic interest from Arcane's step-daughter Abby. The film is rather cheesy and some set-ups are obvious, for example Abby is established very early on as a plant lover - she strokes the leaves of her plants and insists on playing them music.
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Great dvd. Vaguely remembered it from years ago. Knew Heather Locklear was in it. Great to see it again.
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This film is not significantly less good than the first Swamp Thing film, it has some reasonably well known people in it (Louis Jourdan from the original film, Heather Locklear, Sarah Douglas - Ursa from Superman I/II). I quite enjoyed it and would watch it again, very silly, Louis Jourdan's character has recovered a bit from the first film but still tends to turn into a gonk. Enjoyable nonsense.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x907d0ce4) out of 5 stars 61 reviews
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HASH(0x90d582c4) out of 5 stars "I got you now Mr. Potato-Head!" 21 April 2008
By Mel Zorro - Published on Amazon.com
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This is B-Movie greatness! Adventure, rubber suits, funny one-liners, it's all here. This is a review of the OOP Image release.

"The Return of Swamp Thing" is 10 times more entertaining than the first and here's a list of 10 reasons why:

10) Heather Locklear: Gentleman prefer blondes, nuff said.

9) The fight scenes are many, but varied which is cool.

8) The kids put in a great comedic performance.

7) Character development: each character truly has their own voice and a specific scene to remember them by, kudos to the screenwriters.

6) "Gun": The psychotic head of security has the best lines in the movie like "Turn him into guacamole" and "I got you now Mr. Potato-Head!"

5) The creatures: The evil monsters are classic sci-fi models that add the campy flare with a touch of realism.

4) The bath tub scene: After being blown up, Swamp Thing sneeks into Arcane's base via the plumbing. At least they showed one of Swamp Thing's powers, besides being able to punch people.

3) The war wounds scene: Security guards Gun and Poinsettia compare their various scars and tell where/when they got them. Very memorable.

2) Dr. Arcane: Every good movie needs a villain and Louis Jourdan puts in a great performance as he performs all his evil deeds with psychotic calmness and humor.

1) The Swamp Thing costume doesn't look like a melted plastic Green Army Man toy. That's right, there's actually some resemblance to the comic!

Overall this is a fun movie with plenty of action and comedy. It used to be shown in it's entirety on TV so it's fun for everyone.

Buy it today.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90d4cea0) out of 5 stars The return to great fun ! 24 Nov. 2000
By Juscelino Liberato De Aquino - Published on Amazon.com
I don't know why,but I enjoy this movie much more than I enjoy Wes Craven's version (pt.1).Maybe because of the effects and the make-up which are cool for a low-budget movie,the characters -which are more interesting and more likeable and the black humor (take the case of the asthmatic monster(!) that fights with our hero).Besides, this movie features Heather Locklear and Sarah Douglas ,good monster fights and a beautiful swamp.To top it off ,I watched part 2 much before I watched part 1.This part 2 has a great beginning,which shows parts of the Swamp Thing's best comic books accompanied by the song "Born on the Bayou",which is a masterpiece.The story : A mad scientist (who has a deadly degenerative disease) does experiments on animals and people to find a cure for his health problem which can also give him immortality and special powers.Only the Swamp thing may offer the mad genius what he is looking for.
22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x922f4804) out of 5 stars Okay, some people are missing the point (yet again) 21 Feb. 2003
By Matt - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read alot of negative reviews for this one, and none of the people writing these reviews really seem to grasp the concept of a Jim Wynorski film. Jim Wynorski makes b-movies, ONLY b-movies, and he makes them well. If you're unfamiliar with what a b-movie is, you should'n't be writing a review for this particular film, but I'll give you some background. Remember those old fifties drive-in films, you know, the kind they play on Mystery Science Theater 3000? Stereo-typical characters, guys in rubber suits playing cheesy monsters, and that special 80's touch up, huge breasts every couple of minutes...these are all elements of the b-movie. You're SUPPOSED to make fun of it. You're SUPPOSED to actually enjoy yourself watching a movie for once.
Return of Swamp Thing is an excellent b-movie, and one of Jim Wynorski's best. It's alot different from the original, but alot better, in my opinion. No disrespect to Wes Craven, but Swamp Thing isn't one of his better films. Not as bad as Scream 2, but it's not quite up to par with his usual films.
If you DID enjoy Return of Swamp Thing, I recommend "Not of This Earth" (1986), "Sorority House Massacre II: Nightie Nightmare", and "Hard To Die".
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90bc5fc0) out of 5 stars I have to confess a fondness for this movie 2 Oct. 2008
By L. Cabos - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes, it is goofy. Yes it is made by the same guy who made the pseudo-Conan THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER. Still, it's entertaining. Actually, I think it is actually better than the original (how did Wes Craven get hooked into that one?). True, you do have the two obnxious kids and Swamp Thing whacking away on creatures with big rubbery heads. Louis Jourdan returns as Arcane (didn't he literally loose his head in the first one), Sarah Douglas as an evil assistant and Heather Locklear as the eye-candy love interest for Swampy (this time completely played by Dick Durock)and it opens with credits from the comic covers to CCR's "Born on the Bayou".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90b2c5c4) out of 5 stars The Lighter Side of Swamp Thing 2 Jun. 2014
By Allen Berry - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me start by saying, this is not a great film. It's a cheesie, comic take on the original which, as a product of its time, had some moments of real brilliance. Louis Jordan reprises his role as the evil Dr. Arcane, and Dick Durock, the real set piece of the film, reprises his most famous role as Swamp Thing.

This is probably not for most folks. It's down right campy at times, it's funny in the way that Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is funny, but the effects on occasion? Kind of impressive, like when Swamp Thing reconstitutes after being blown to bits by Arcane's new mercs who are outfitted right out of the surplus store run by the aliens from NBC's "V."

Yet, despite its shortcomings, this movie has a certain charm, mostly in the person of Dick Durock whose imposing 6'5" frame is the perfect mold upon which to build Swamp Thing. Unlike the tortured, misbegotten victim of DNA experimentation from the original, Swampy has a little fun in this one. Apparently he's gained some notoriety among the residents of the dry land around the swamp. He's witty, charming, and apparently kinda hot for a plant, at least for the romantic lead played by a young Heather Locklear who is introduced as Dr. Arcane's step daughter.

The introduction of two bumbling kids out to snap a photo of Swamp Thing, who's actually into the idea, makes me think that this action/comedy was perhaps produced as a kids' movie or maybe targeted toward a young teen audience. Hard to say, really, but the way that Swamp Thing pauses to pose for the length of a musical sting whenever he comes to the rescue is perhaps a clue.

This is a B-movie, but not in the way that the original was. This is a B-Comedy, and yet there are moments that are both endearing and disturbing. A good popcorn film, but don't go into this looking for intellectual stimulation. This is Swamp Thing light, much lighter than the Universal Studios series that enjoyed airplay on various networks through the late 80's/early 90's. And Dick Durock is just plain fun to watch, as is Louis Jordan, who at times doesn't seem to have been told that this was a comedy.

Fun for the DC Movie die-hard, the Cheesie Movie fan, or anyone who's looking to spend an hour and a half on some mindless fun.
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