Swamp Thing

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SWAMP THING—-daft monster cheapie from 1982, only for those who didn’t get enough of an idea as to the torso contours of Adrienne Barbeau in The Cannonball Run or Escape From New York. Her special effects are the only decent ones on view, as she gets mixed up with a loony doctor (Louis Jourdan, fallen as far from Gigi as possible), and a scudge-covered green manbeast who lurks in the Everglades.

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Taken from pulp comics, which must have represented a loftier aisle in the library for writer-director Wes Craven, whose prior spew included sadistic gruel like Last House On The Left and The Hills Have Eyes. This tripe is nowhere near as indigestible, but even as camp, it’s every bit as brainless. He made it for $2,500,000. This Thing has a fan base, and they can have it. It belongs in a swamp.

With Ray Wise, David Hess, Nicholas Worth, Don Knight and Dick Durock (let’s assume he did) as ‘The Swamp Thing’.  91 minutes.

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