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Jim Wynorski’s Return of Swamp Thing is bad film but can still be quite enjoyable in the right mindset. The movie’s plot is weird with some pretty bad acting throughout. The relationship between Swamp Thing and Abby is very rushed with zero character development towards the relationship. The two boys offer some laughs, but they are pointless to the story and add unnecessary scenes and plot points. The movie is fairly bad, but it is very self aware. It knows its bad and it doesn’t take itself seriously which saves the movie to make it a fun watch. The Return of Swamp Thing is campy, bad film, but its self aware which makes it so bad its fun.
So let's talk about what I like in this movie. The costume is great, the comedy is so outrageous it almost works, and Abby is so bizarrely written you almost can get into it. The monsters and plot are strange as hell, but underneath all that good bad is mostly bad.
The writing has one upside and that is, it explains Arcane's return. Everything else though is a missed opportunity with the level of camp raised, weak villain motives, similar plot and characters. Yet, even with this, the actors are okay, the practical effects look upgraded, the cinematography is nice and the music is even better than before.
For my full review of Return of Swamp Thing (1989), check it out on this IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/review/rw4437965/?ref_=ur_urv
A silly and ridiculous little movie, that's forgiven some of its poor qualities for how firmly it had its tongue in its cheek. For a kids film though, it can be pretty fun at times. A serious take on this character for once would be welcome though...
Dumb, chaotic and derivative with poor special effects and poorer acting, The Return of Swamp Thing fails to produce anything resembling horror or drama. It also lacks the pathos that was the saving grace of the first film, but here's the thing: it retains the same goofy charm and it's so clear that its not taking itself seriously that it is at least more tonally consistent than its predecessor and it can be fun in its sheer preposterousness. Its faster pacing means it doesn't have the same stretches of boredom that the 1982 film suffered from, indeed its determination to cram in every 80s and monster movie cliché as possible into its short runtime (and to do so in as colourful a way as possible), ensures that it's never dull.
Not as good as its predecessor but still campy fun.
This tonally inaccurate adaptation is still a fun 80's B-movie full of ridiculous set pieces, dialogue and (surely) two of the greatest performances by child actors of all time.
The two kids were funny and there was a lot of corny humor throughout. Pretty stupid
It doesn't matter whether you enjoyed the first film or not, this one is not enjoyable. The opening scene and and title sequence are fun but the rest is very lackluster from its messy screenplay and poor acting. Bottom line "The Return of Swamp Thing" is just not fun.
Probably the first "so bad it's good" film I've seen from comic books, this film is the PG-13 version of Friday the 13th. On a technical aspect, it's one of the best examples of practical effects, costume design and makeup. That is the only thing that this improves on against the original. Unfortunately, the story and characters really drag the film down. Due to the success of the superman franchise, this film changed it's theme from mysterious and terrifying, to light hearted and funny. Like any bad comic book movie, it tries to tell too many stories at once, one involving arcane, one involving a girl with an obsession with plants and another detailing two kids quest to make the most forced jokes in the history of cinema. All the characters lose their touch a little. This film really should be called "Return of Arcane" as swamp thing barely features in it. The little he is in, is always some superman esc "save the day and be nice to the victims" event. The film really centres around Arcane, who is far less intelligent, and genuinely threatening than he was in the first one. Are comic reliefs are unfunny, and are damsel in distress is just that. This film came out the same year as Batman, I think I know which one I'd rather see.