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Swamp Thing [DVD]

Louis Jourdan , Adrienne Barbeau , Wes Craven    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Louis Jourdan, Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise, David Hess, Nicholas Worth
  • Directors: Wes Craven
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound, Mono
  • Language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles: French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096KHM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,575 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A research scientist working on a government project becomes contaminated and turns into a slimy monster which bears an uncanny resemblance to a very green and large vegetable.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun piece of nonsense 10 Dec 2003
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This daft comic caper was written and directed by Wes Craven, but has little of the horror or gore usually associated with his movies. Instead the film concentrates on the comic book origins of the "Swamp Thing" character, and never takes itself too seriously. As a result of this, the movie is a hoot from begining to end, and makes for a fun (if very light) night's viewing. Don't expect to be scared, but laughs (intentional and unintentional) are a plenty, and fans of comic book horror will not be disapointed. Of particular note is the Swamp Thing's rubber costume which looks, well, like a rubber costume- something which Craven unashamedly waves in front of your eyes as if it were the best f/x ever put on a cinema screen. It's nice to see the purveyor of such classics as Last House on the Left and The Hills have Eyes give you a large dose (albeit much, much more blatent) of the sense of humour that would pepper Nightmare on Elm St and Scream.
All in all - if you're expecting a classic piece of cinema this is defintely not for you. However if you just want 90 mins of mindless entertainment, there are a lot worse pictures than this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Toxic Avenger Was Ten Times Better 10 Aug 2013
Swamp Thing passes along ok. It's not great, but it's not bad.

The problem is this film was swamped by The Toxic Aveneger, which kind of took the same premise and just made the monster so much better.

It's hard to call this horror. It's like a comic EC book dashed with comic violence and action.
Stars such people as Adrienne Barbeau and David Hess.

All in all, it's ok and well justifed to have an average mark of 3 stars.
But if you want the same kind of thing with 90 mins of mindblowing gore, action and fun check out The Toxic Avenger- quite simply it did it better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adrienne show off her Barbeau's 15 July 2013
This film is based on a well know comic book character.

Lab accidents do happen. Doctor Alec Holland (Ray Wise) can attest to this. Of course this is the standard don't mess around with nature movie that is overlapped with a greedy bad guy Dr. Anton Arcane (Louis Jourdan). I think Louis gets a kick out of playing bad guys; he gets so enthusiastic. Alec gets all swampy and still gets the girl, Alice Cable (Adrienne Barbeau). He better hope she is not a vegetarian.

Bottom line is when you reach into the medicine cabinet be sure you know what you are taking and do not get the plant food.

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3.0 out of 5 stars "Sometimes I feel like a tree" 11 Feb 2011
When you watch Swamp Thing it's no surprise that Wes Craven is behind this comic-to-film translation. From the first few opening scenes the film is captured like a horror with low shot views of the forest swamp and foreboding music - there's a definite sense that there's something not-quite-human out there. As it happens there's nothing too out of the ordinary in the swamp just yet as Dr. Alec Holland is blissfully unaware that he and his sister's discovery of a wonder solution which accelerates and modifies organic growth is about to fall into the wrong hands. A violent raid by the evil Dr. Arcane leaves only 2 survivors - the romantically linked Alice Cable and Holland, who finds himself covered in the solution and severely burned before jumping into the swamp - where he transforms into the mutant man-plant, Swamp Thing.

The film then follows Dr. Arcane's attempts to re-create Holland's solution and capture the escaped Alice. It seems only one thing can stand in his way; Swamp Thing, with his incredible strength and uncanny ability to blend in with the foliage he's a formidable opponent.

This looks like many of the `80s low budget horrors which flooded the VHS market, but this is very light on horror and I would struggle to argue that this belongs to the genre. There's very little gore for a start, the main monster is a good guy, and the actual baddies seem too inept to be genuinely menacing!

Swamp Thing doesn't take itself too seriously but it's not too tongue-in-cheek to make it look like a camp parody (like the 1989 sequel!). The production values tend to be a flaky but Swampy's costume doesn't look too bad, not when compared to Arcane's mutated form which is so naff it's funny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wild green growling machine 20 May 2011
It's intriguing to see a pre-CGI comic book film adaptation and realise how much more dialogue there is compared to today's polished offerings. Yes the titular mutant's look is reminiscent of late 1970s Doctor Who, and yes the big hair, big glasses and general pomposity that defines the era in which this movie was made are all present, however a pre-Octopussy Louis Jordan's creepy bad guy is good value, and the shots of misty swamp that open the film are evocative and well done.
Very much a period piece but a lightweight, harmless and fun bit of nostalgia nonetheless.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Based on the DC Comics character of the same name, Swamp Thing is a 1982 comic horror film written and directed by Wes Craven (yes that Wes Craven for Nightmare on Elm street fame). It stars Ray Wise as our hero the handsome Doctor Alec Holland who through a chemical accident becomes the green rubber suit wearing Swamp Thing. He teams up with Alice Cable played by Adrienne Barbeau, a woman with a seemly indestructible perm who alternates between superchick and damsel in distress, throwing punches and blasting away with an assault rifle one minute, and tripping over her own feet the next. Together they take on the rather camp black polo neck wearing villain Dr. Anton Arcane portrayed by Louis Jourdan.

All in all Swamp Thing is an enjoyable and somewhat silly comic book romp. It is clear that Craven had little if any money to make this and it would be a lie to say that it doesn't show. That said all of the cast do play it straight if a little over the top. The special effects no doubt looked terrible at the time yet alone these days. Wes does however try to put in some nice directed moments and his skill as a film maker is evident. Swamp Thing differs in many respects from Craven's usual work, in that Craven's intent was to show the major Hollywood studios that he could handle action, stunts and major stars. Nevertheless some of his usual themes and images do appear in Swamp Thing. For example, as in Last House On The Left - 3 Disc Ultimate Edition (Uncut) [1972] [DVD] and The Hills Have Eyes (2 Disc Special Edition) [1977] [DVD], he shows a close connection between the landscape and his characters.
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