Monday, February 8, 2016

Swamp Thing (1982)

An American science fiction directed by Wes Craven, starring Louis Jourdan.
A scientist falls in love with his new co-worker just as they discover a new explosive/fertilizer. Unfortunately for them, a bad scientist wants the chemical and attacks the lab, spilling the new creation on the main character scientist. He turns into a plant man monster and fights the bad scientist with the help of the co-worker.
This was really cheesy. The video transitions included absurd wipes and the monster costume looked cheap and hokey. There were some action scenes and a monster battle at the end to liven things up, but the plot featured a heavy romantic element. Besides the wipes, camera-work and editing looked fine and fit the era and scenes. I liked the black kid character for some reason, maybe comic relief. I expected this to be "scary" or menacing/suspenseful in some way, but it was not. The monster is just too much of a hero. Female anatomy points were earned continuously by the lead actress. Her bra-less running and bathing scene looked good. This brings up a question: If Swamp Thing popped a woody, would it be made of real wood? Overall, great for retro '80s night, but nothing spectacular. I rate it adequate.

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