20 October 2014

Swamp Thing (1982)
91 min.
Directed by Wes Craven.
With Adrienne Barbeau, Louis Jourdan, Ray Wise, David Hess, Nicholas Worth, Don Knight.
Wes Craven's adaptation of DC Comics '70s anti-hero, this isn't without a few matinee thrills.

In the deep recesses of a primal swamp, scientist Holland (Wise) works on a formula for an animal-plant biosynthesis.

But when evil villain Louis Jourdan attempts to steal Holland's test serum, the good doc is accidently transformed into a plant-like superhero who endlessly saves Federal agent Cable (Barbeau) from the malevolent Jourdan.

Often a mixed bag, the true strength of Swamp lies in its ability to mingle comic and serious tones with equal measure.

Tough as nails damsel-in-distress Barbeau is terrific (as usual) and proves comfortable in both action and horror setups.

Meanwhile, William Munns' make-up effects for the Thing accomplish the job, simplistically and endearingly.

Alternative cable versions feature slightly different score compositions in select scenes.

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