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I had no great expectations for this, but enjoyed it a lot!
While mostly hovering around the so bad it's good area, it has a sense of humour and doesn't take it self that seriously. Not really a horror movie at all, it's better considered as an uneasy Frankensteinian comedy.
Watch for the cheesy villain and his cheesy mercenaries (and their celebration party!), one scene with gratuitous nudity featuring Adrienne Barbeau, and the special effects Craven employs when Swamp Thing is doing feats of strength.
This is not a good movie, but pretty entertaining still :)
Wes Craven's Swamp Thing really suffers from 80s-ness, specifically its early focus on ridiculous, Rambo-esque mercenary types shooting up the swamp. For the first two acts, it' basically a bad action movie with a Frankenstein twist. When the hero/monster shows up, it's hard not to see a poorly-realized rubber suit, and one can't help but think the changes made to Abby and Arcane robbed them of something more complex. It's not until the third act that the movie starts feeling like the pre-Moore Swamp Thing comic, but at least it does get there eventually - strange but sweet doomed romance, Swampy fighting another monster (though I question the design), and nice atmosphere. The South Carolina marshes are quite beautiful, Adrienne Barbeau is a strong take-charge Abby Cable, and Reggie Batts has a very funny turn as the kid in this story, so even if the screenplay and budget are problematic, Swamp Thing remains watchably quirky.
I really wanted to like this film, as I'm something of a sucker for horror and sci-fi b-films, but this was just utter trash, and not in a meritous way. The only kind of amazing thing about the film, though, is how Craven went from writing and directing this pile of steaming crap to delivering unto us A Nightmare on Elm Street just two years later.
How this film has a place on the TSZDT's list of 1000 greatest horror films official list is a mystery in its self -- even moreso seeing as how this flick barely has a notion of what I'd perceive as horror in it.
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