Swamp Thing
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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 surroundings, but she is soon wooed by Dr. Alec Holland (Ray Wise). Holland is working on a concoction that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is too lazy to provide any actual jokes with its send-up of the genre."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"One of those movies that fall somewhere between buried treasures and guilty pleasures."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"'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."
‑ J.C. Mašek III, PopMatters
"Has a novelty value absent from the equally broken comic book adaptations of 20 years later."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"About as much fun as being lost in a swamp."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Short on thrills and laughs."
‑ , Variety
"[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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"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."
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
"...a disappointingly thin endeavor that seems to have been designed to appeal solely to young boys..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It's awfully likeable and definitely has a so-bad-it's-good quality."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"masterfully entertaining film on a limited budget"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A muddled genre confused mess of a film..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Oh yes, Adrienne Barbeau. Thanks for the memories."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
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