The Return of Swamp Thing (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Return of Swamp Thing (1989)




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The mucky-green thing rises out of the murky depths to fight his nemesis for his love interest (Heather Locklear).more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Derek Spencer, Grant Morris, Neil Cuthbert
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 18, 2003
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Dick Durock
as Swamp Thing
Heather Locklear
as Abby Arcane
Louis Jourdan
as Dr. Anton Arcane
Sarah Douglas
as Dr. Lana Zurrell
Ace Mask
as Dr. Rochelle
Chris Doyle
as Leechman
Monique Gabrielle
as Miss Pointsettia
Tony Cecere
as Conklin
Alex Van
as Gurdell
Ralph Pace
as Sheriff Beaumont
Rex Pierson
as Dr. Rochelle Mutatio...
Anthony Sears
as Harry Dugan
Bill Eudaly
as Withered Chuck
Kevin Schmidt
as Lab Technician
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Critic Reviews for The Return of Swamp Thing

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 25, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

An endurance test even the most forgiving audiences won't find pleasure in.

Full Review… | June 9, 2013
Cinema Crazed

This sequel to the Craven cheese fest is bad beyond the English language with Heather Locklear the poor man's Ann Darrow.

July 16, 2007
Film Threat

This sequel, coming as it did after Alan Moore's critically acclaimed, award-winning run on the comic, looked really sad.

Full Review… | April 9, 2007

Audience Reviews for The Return of Swamp Thing


Gloriously 80's flick, it just sums up everything from that era so well its makes it great fun haha the big hair, cheesey monster suits that look quite good, over the top explosions, sexy females and dumb bad guys....its all here.
The film is much better than the first but thats due to the higher budget and bigger fanbase at the time, the plot continues the battle against 'Dr Arcane' in an' Island of Dr Moreau' kinda way but the plot holes are HUGE. Like...who or what was the other swamp thing that our swamp thing battles with during the film?? where did he go?

Still you cant look too much into this as its a fun monster mash with dodgy acting :)

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Well with actors and performances more wooden than Pinoccio's c*ck, this has to go down as one of the greatest send up horrors of all time. From the opening shots until the fantastic fight with the rubber, lightbulb-headed creature at the end (With inhaler!) this is absolutely hilarious (even more than intended). I have already read a review that criticized character development. I hope that this is a joke as this was hardly supposed to be a plant version of the Shawshank Redemption. I think there are times when people should see a film for what it is, and this one is an absolute B movie p*ss take with 20 dedicated to special affects and even less on the appalling actors. Magnificent.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


"The Return of Swamp Thing" isn't anything like the original movie was. Unlike the original, "The Return of Swamp Thing" isn't exciting and it doesn't have the sense of mystery that "Swamp Thing" had. Swamp Thing tries to keep Abby Arcane (Heather Locklear) safe from her father, Dr. Arcane (Louis Jourdan), who has a plan in mind to kill Abby.
Instead of including some action packed and exciting parts in "The Return of Swamp Thing," the movie instead follows two boys who try to be funny, but they're not funny at all.

Overall, I consider "The Return of Swamp Thing" one of the most disappointing sequels ever made. If you want a good Swamp Thing movie, I'd recommend getting "Swamp Thing" and skipping "The Return of Swamp Thing." NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. I loved the original, not this one.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

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