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Swamp Thing (1982)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 12

Unabashedly campy -- often to its detriment -- Swamp Thing is not without its charms, among them Adrienne Barbeau as the damsel in distress.


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

Unabashedly campy -- often to its detriment -- Swamp Thing is not without its charms, among them Adrienne Barbeau as the damsel in distress.



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Director Wes Craven, who went on to fame as the force behind blockbuster horror films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, departed from his favorite genre to film this unique cult classic -- a spoof on the mad scientist movies of the 1950s. Adrienne Barbeau stars as Alice Cable, a government agent sent to replace a man who has disappeared while guarding a secret experimental lab in the middle of the Louisiana bayous. Dressed in heels and a skirt, Cable professes unease at her strange new

Aug 14, 2001

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (12) | DVD (11)

The film is too lazy to provide any actual jokes with its send-up of the genre.

July 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Short on thrills and laughs.

April 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Craven tries to do this 'veggie-man' horror in a suitable DC Comics style; and with Louis Jourdan as arch-villain 'Arcane', not to mention Adrienne Barbeau (Mrs John Carpenter) as the Thing's object of desire, he's definitely on the right track.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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One of those movies that fall somewhere between buried treasures and guilty pleasures.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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[The film] wants desperately to be funny and, from time to time, it is. However, you might wish it would trust the audience to discover the humor for itself.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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This campy adaptation of the DC Comics series has always been the odd title out in Wes Craven's horror filmography. It's all the better for it, since it's one of the few movies from this overrated auteur that I can personally stand.

August 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

'Swamp Thing' may be more of a rubber monster creature feature than a truly accurate comic book adaptation, but it's a treat for fans of the movie and the graphic novels.

August 7, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Swamp Thing has many dubious qualities, but it clearly isn't a piece of product tested and polished to a blinding gleam, and the world is duller for not letting oddball efforts like this slip into theaters once in a while.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

masterfully entertaining film on a limited budget

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

Has a novelty value absent from the equally broken comic book adaptations of 20 years later.

June 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

...a disappointingly thin endeavor that seems to have been designed to appeal solely to young boys...

March 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
Reel Film Reviews

A muddled genre confused mess of a film...

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

About as much fun as being lost in a swamp.

November 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's awfully likeable and definitely has a so-bad-it's-good quality.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Oh yes, Adrienne Barbeau. Thanks for the memories.

September 29, 2007

The whole thing is merely silly and not much fun.

April 16, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Craven keeps the story moving at a sprint and writes some agonizingly (and probably intentionally) terrible dialogue.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source:

Dirty Good Fun

January 24, 2006

It's Swamp Thing. It's not Swamp Hamlet or MacBeth Thing.

August 20, 2005 Full Review Source:

Comic book sludge hero trashes bad guys.

December 28, 2004

Nutty, scary and fun

November 8, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Swamp Thing

One of the better received and critically lauded films of Wes Craven's early career; "Swamp Thing" has a long and fortuitous history that I for one never could have foreseen. Originally a DC comic (eventually Vertigo Comic) of the same name, Swamp Thing was billed as an action film, starring the same characters from the comics. Craven has said that this was film was a send-up of the monster movies of the thirties and forties, including "The Creature from the Black Lagoon." The film is definitely more action than horror, containing far more scenes of boats launching off algae covered rocks than anything akin to monster movie magic. The story is set in the swamps of Louisiana, following a group of scientists who are working with plant life. Dr. Alec Holland (Wise) is heading the project, and has just found that he has discovered a way to grow plants on organic materials, including wood. Government agent Alice Cable (Barbeau) appears on the scene, wearing her heels and gender neutral clothing, and falls for the scientist. Inadvertently Dr. Holland is transformed into the mutated being of the swamp thing thanks to the raiding of the compound at the hands of Arcane's henchmen. Most of the film contains swamp thing taking care of the defenseless and frankly ignorant Cable, who keeps getting captured, or run down by boats, and the highly weaponized men atop them. Looking more like a cheap eighties horror film (which it is) than the action film promised, "Swamp Thing" still did surprisingly well with critics and even spawned a nineties television show. Still, there's nothing new or extraordinary about this underwhelming film, except maybe the crafted movie makeup of stuntman Dick Durlock; otherwise it's as trashy as it looks.
March 5, 2013

Super Reviewer

A rather embarrassing film that offers nervous chuckles as it's biggest form of entertainment. With someone like Wes Craven, I expected at least a bit of suspense or terror. Instead I got a slapstick comedy that wasn't very funny. Luckily my love of monsters, bad movies, and the character in general, made me enjoy it enough. There are some great things. A badass female scientist puts up a fight before being taken. A large lumbering villain has a soft heart etc. It's just all too familiar, and the suit is atrocious for any age/budget. It just looked like one big human sized green condom with a face. By the end, we see Swamp Thing fight against a big ginger pig monster wielding a sword. At this point is seems like the film goes undirected.
May 15, 2011

Super Reviewer

An interesting monster movie, a little late on the scene, monster movies weren't so popular anymore in the 80s I don't think. It's not bad, but it's not good either.
January 11, 2011

Super Reviewer

Kind of underwhelming like seeing Barbeau's boobs. Sigh...
David Hess anyone?
December 21, 2010

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