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Swamp Thing (1982)

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After a violent incident with a special chemical, a research scientist is turned into a swamp plant monster.

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Wes Craven

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Wes Craven, Len Wein (comic book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Jourdan ... Arcane
Adrienne Barbeau ... Alice Cable
Ray Wise ... Dr. Alec Holland
David Hess ... Ferret
Nicholas Worth ... Bruno
Don Knight ... Ritter
Al Ruban Al Ruban ... Charlie
Dick Durock ... Swamp Thing
Ben Bates ... Arcane Monster
Nannette Brown Nannette Brown ... Dr. Linda Holland
Reggie Batts ... Jude
Mimi Craven ... Arcane's Secretary (as Mimi Meyer)
Karen Price Karen Price ... Arcane's Messenger
Bill Erickson Bill Erickson ... Young Agent
Dov Gottesfeld Dov Gottesfeld ... Commando
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Storyline

Dr. Alec Holland, hidden away in the depths of a murky swamp, is trying to create a new species - a combination of animal and plant capable of adapting and thriving in the harshest conditions. Unfortunately he becomes subject of his own creation and is transformed . . . Arcane, desperate for the formula attempts to capture the Swamp Thing. An explosive chase ensues that ultimately ends with a confrontation between Holland and a changed Arcane . . . Written by Mark Harding <mah@imdb.com>

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Science transformed him into a monster. Love changed him even more! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Ding aus dem Sumpf See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Swampfilms See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Karen Price, who has a walk-on part as Arcane's messenger, was also Adrienne Barbeau's uncredited stunt double. See more »

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The Swamp Thing performs his veggie-magic healing trick on Cable, curing her wound where she was stabbed. Remarkably, those pesky blood stains on her shirt also vanish. See more »


Alternate Versions

The 2002 DVD release by MGM features some additional shots of nudity compared to the original US theatrical release:
  • When Adrienne Barbeau takes a bath in the swamp you could only see a side shot of her breast. Now you can see some extra seconds of full-on breast shots.
  • At the beginning of the party scene (Bruno's big comeuppance) two dancing gypsy women taking off their clothes. This footage was not included in previous video and laserdisc releases. Reissues on DVD and Blu-ray since 2005 have reverted to the original censored PG version.
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"Swamp Thing" is a bust - Adrienne Barbeau's, specifically
10 January 2013 | by busterbuff61See all my reviews

Usually when I write a review, I try to make it as professional as possible. But when it comes to Adrienne Barbeau, all decorum goes out the window, and I reach for the drool bucket.

Purists will tell you that SWAMP THING is based on a DC comic, it's about a scientist who accidentally gets a potent chemical spilled on him and he becomes the title character, etc., etc. But look at the cover photo for this movie. Is the Swamp Thing the first thing your eyes are drawn to? Admittedly, the movie is kind of fun on its own terms. It's rated PG, so the violence and language isn't terribly off-putting. And the romance between Alice Cable (Barbeau) and the Swamp Thing is actually kind of sweet.

But all that aside, writer-director Wes Craven realized that when you're shooting on a minimal budget, you go for whatever special effects you can muster. And in this case, he had the mother lode of natural special effects. In the pre-cable-TV 1970's, how many teenagers got through puberty via their weekly viewing of Adrienne Barbeau bouncing across the set on "Maude"? Lest you think I have lapsed into tastelessness, be warned that I am not the only one to ga-ga over La Barbeau. Twenty years after the movie's premiere, I still recall The Village Voice raving, "Adrienne sloshes through the swamp, arms flailing, wet T-shirted breasts bouncing." And Joe Bob Briggs devoted an entire evening to his comments about Adrienne's pneumatic qualities when he showed the movie on TNT.

So let's cut to the chase. Adrienne spends most of the movie in tight-fitting T-shirts (wet whenever possible), a low-cut evening gown, and even, in a lingering but discreet shot (again, this is PG), topless.(If you're lucky enough to rent the European version, Barbeau's uncovered bosom is displayed on-screen for about a minute.) Her natural assets (and that includes her acting) have never been shown to such advantage in any movie since this one.

So dads, rent the movie for your kids. It's harmless enough that they'll think it's mindless sci-fi. Only you will know the truth.


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