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Swamp Thing (16-Jul-1982)

Director: Wes Craven

Writer: Wes Craven

Based on a book: Swamp Thing by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson (comic books)

Music: Harry Manfredini

Producers: Benjamin Melniker; Michael E. Uslan

Keywords: Horror, Comic Book

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Adrienne Barbeau
11-Jun-1945   Swamp Thing
Louis Jourdan
19-Jun-1919 14-Feb-2015 Kamal in Octopussy
Ray Wise
29-Aug-1947   Leland Palmer from Twin Peaks
Nicholas Worth
4-Sep-1938 7-May-2007 Don't Answer the Phone!


Louis Jourdan   ...   Arcane
Adrienne Barbeau   ...   Alice Cable
Ray Wise   ...   Dr. Alec Holland
David Hess   ...   Ferret
Nicholas Worth   ...   Bruno
Don Knight   ...   Ritter
Al Ruban   ...   Charlie
Dick Durock   ...   Swamp Thing
Ben Bates   ...   Arcane Monster
Nannette Brown   ...   Dr. Linda Holland
Reggie Batts   ...   Jude
Mimi Meyer   ...   Arcane's Secretary
Karen Price   ...   Arcane's Messenger
Bill Erickson   ...   Young Employee
Dov Gottesfeld   ...   Mercenary
Tommy Madden   ...   Little Bruno


Review by frank the drawing demon (posted on 18-Sep-2005)

Considering the calamitous state of the portion of the South the film was shot in, Swamp Thing does provide a retrospective look back on the pre-Katrina appearance of the area.

In this instance, when you take a tried-and-true writer/director like Wes Craven,add seasoned actors like Adrienne Barbeau and veteran Louis Jourdan, you're virtually assured a hit.

I would leave it up to the viewer, particularly comic fans, as to whether they'd feel more well-versed as far as the book version, to familiarize, or to just see the film first, then do the comparison.

Special effects account for some of the chills and science-fictiony feel, along with the foreboding, yet tranquil bayou, replete with stifling heat. Of course, you don't find Adrienne seeking a cooling respite in the au naturel state everyday.

My guess is the alligators demurred from having her healthy hide for dinner, choosing to take the day off.

The plotline is standard sci-fi fare: noble scientific team researching, melagomaniac crackpot out to seize the formula, tragedy striking the hero, etc.

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