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Man-Thing (2005)

Jack Thompson , Matthew Le Nevez , Brett Leonard  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Thompson, Matthew Le Nevez, Steve Bastoni, Rachael Taylor, Rawiri Paratene
  • Directors: Brett Leonard
  • Writers: Hans Rodionoff, Steve Gerber
  • Producers: Avi Arad, Brendan Fletcher, Christopher Petzel, Gimel Everett, Hans Rodionoff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009A409S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,982 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Man-Thing" on IMDb

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Kyle Williams (Matt Le Nevez) thought taking the new post of Sheriff in the sleepy town of Bywater would be exactly the change of pace he needed. But the peaceful town is now what it seems. While investigating a series of gruesome murders, Kyle discovers that the locals are hiding a frightening secret. Torn between who and what to believe, the only straight answers he receives are from feisty young schoolteacher Teri (Rachel Taylor). Together they embark on a quest to unravel the truth.

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "This is a dark corner of the world, boy." June 17, 2005
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Of all the Marvel Comics characters to get their own film adaptation, Man-Thing is probably the one I least expected, but then again, they did make that Howard the Duck movie...just a bit of history from my geek side before I review the film...some think Man-Thing was Marvel's answer to the popular Swamp Thing character, but Man-Thing actually appeared first in the pages of Astonishing Tales #12 (aka Savage Tales #1) in May of 1971 (Swamp Thing first appeared in the comic House of Secrets #92 sometime in June/July 1971). In terms of getting their own series, Swamp Thing came first beginning in 1972, while Man-Thing got his due sometime in 1974 (the Man-Thing series was short lived, lasting all of about 22 issues while the Swamp Thing series continues to thrive in one form or another). Directed by Brett Leonard (The Lawnmower Man), who is currently working on a new Highlander movie, the film stars the relatively unknown Matthew Le Nevez (Peaches), along with newcomer Rachel Taylor and Jack Thompson (Original Sin). Also appearing is Rawiri Paratene (Whale Rider), Patrick Thompson (The Seventh Floor), Steve Bastoni (The Matrix Reloaded), and Alex O'Lachlan (Oyster Farmer). Also, look for the director himself who appears in the film as the smokes-a-lot county coroner.

As the story begins we learn through narration of an area in the swamps called `the dark water', a place that basically contains the spirit of the swamp and is also the `nexus of all realities' (I think I got one of these in the basement, next to the furnace). We also learn that this place, held sacred by native locals, is being violated by greedy men in search of oil, subsequently causing much damage, as industrialist are wont to do (or so the movies tell us)...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not A Conventional Comic Flick February 1, 2006
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Okay, so it's more like three-and-a-half stars, but I was quite surprised at how good "Man-Thing" actually is. There aren't any major stars in this direct-to-DVD film, but it garnered enough attention to be produced by Avi Arad and executive produced by Stan Lee. That alone should show the viewer that this film is at least worthy of one viewing.

Since I'm only remotely familiar with the "Man-Thing" comics, I have to go on what I've seen on the screen alone. Matthew Le Nevez plays the newly appointed sheriff of a swampy Florida county who is literally dropped into a peculiar case involving multiple missing persons and a little construction site sabotage. Ever since bigwig Schist has placed his oilrig in the middle of the sacred "darkwater," people have gone missing. When the new sheriff gets to the sleepy town of Bywater, the bodies start popping up in the swamp. Le Nevez has a few leads to go on, but nothing for sure. He is assisted by the local third grade teacher, played by the attractive Rachael Taylor, who believes that what she's been told by the local indian tribe is true. She believes that a guardian spirit has been awakened due to the intrusion of the Schist oil company and is exacting his revenge on the locals.

The film rolls along at a nice pace and actually has a few jittery moments in it that caught me off guard. I really enjoyed watching the action in the dark swamp. The action sequences are rather violent at points, and the "leftovers" from each death are pretty grisly.

The acting is pretty good. The story is just good enough that the actors don't have to stretch themselves too hard to fit into their roles. The redneck characters are stereotypical of folks in the South, but they are tolerable enough.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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When it was announced that the long delayed Man-Thing film from Marvel and Lion's Gate would be going direct to DVD and premiering on the Sci-Fi Channel, many assumed the worst of this comic to film adaptation. However, it's not as utterly horrible as some perceived it to be, and while it's not a good movie one bit, it still manages to supply enough B-horror movie thrills. Fans of the old Marvel Comics stories will be disappointed in finding that Hans Rodionoff's screenplay pretty much discards the comic history of the character, and instead focuses on new sherrif Kyle Williams (Matthew Le Nevez) and his encounters with an evil drilling company, and the beast which kills anything and everything that crosses into it's swamps. The CGI and gore effects are what you would expect from a low budget horror film, though the Man-Thing itself is surprisingly nicely designed. What kills Man-Thing however, is that the acting from the mostly unknown Austrailian cast is horrid, and directing by Brett Leonard (Lawnmower Man) is uninspired. All in all, it's easy to see why Man-Thing was shelved for as long as it was, but it's not nearly as horrible as one would expect it to be.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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Some reviewers out there will claim this movie is horrible. Um, what do you expect exactly from a movie called "Man-Thing"? I'm familiar with the comic and sure, they've changed things like they did for the Blade character in his movies. Honestly I don't know what else they could have done without making this a goofy teen comedy about someone's "man thing" (ok now that d*ck joke is out of my system!!)

This is a B movie, pure and simple. Its a slasher/monster flick and when you view it as just that, not some "Citizen Kane" masterpiece, then you'll enjoy it. It has some good cheap scares and a monster tree (yes, I said *tree*) that goes around butchering people. Did I mention that there is a lot of gore and plenty of violent deaths to make a typical "Friday the 13th" fan happy? Graphic Tree tentacle/root impalings are the order of the day.

The special effects are fine, the story does the job for this sort of movie, and its probably the bloodiest Marvel movie yet (I kid you not.) The only thing that got to me was some of the casting. Now I know a lot of no-name Australian Actors were cast for this movie and well... Aussies cant pull a Southern accent off for crap. It's not a major problem; 15 minutes into it and you don't really notice (in between all the tree branch impalings). But I have to say that Jack Thompson and the female lead are the worst offenders in this regard. The rest of the cast do a decent job.

Oh, and I've read some reviews on certain sites that the Man-Thing monster is hardly shown. That's BS. The director takes the "Jaws" route at the start of the movie, showing very little of the monster but by the last half hour you get to see plenty of him. And for a low budget flick, the monster effects are pretty cool ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marvel's Strangest Hero Gets Big Screen debut... or maybe small...
This is not the glitz and glimmer of Iron Man, The Avengers, or other recent Marvel tales. It's a much grittier smaller version of the Marvel Universe, a dark musty swampland... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Allen Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great marvel movie
I don't know much about this character beside fact it's based of swamp thing who came first I don't know I had to choose in comics I say manthing movie is very good very violent... Read more
Published 3 months ago by dragonspawn
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay...
This movie is interesting, but not as good as all the other marvel movies. I watch this one with my parents, and they we're confused by the ending because it was too fast.
Published 15 months ago by Allisa
3.0 out of 5 stars A collector's must have!!!
I'll be honest here, I'm a collector. I bought this DVD to complete the catalog for Marvel films. It's a cool story, and I actually let my 5 year old and 3 year old watch this... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Robert
3.0 out of 5 stars Marvel Movie Mistake
This feels like a dirtier version of a SyFy channel movie. It's Marvel Comics answer to Swamp Thing, but mostly just becomes a huge mess.
Published 17 months ago by Wonderguy
4.0 out of 5 stars A gift
I ordered this for my aunt. She said the movie was good, but she didn't like that her favorite actor in the movie gets killed.
Published 18 months ago by lovinrob
5.0 out of 5 stars Man Thing
First the movie has no bases to the comic book series.The movie is about A swamp monster killing people that work at an oil company the knew sheriff discovers that the monster is A... Read more
Published 18 months ago by john ward
2.0 out of 5 stars FAIL!!!
I read every Man-Thing book including the over size black and white Marvel magazines when I was a kid so I've got a definite bias. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Thomas Monroe
4.0 out of 5 stars Darker side of comics!
I really enjoyed this movie. I like the darker comic book movies (Example: Ghost Rider, Jonah Hex). For being a straight to DVD release this movie had some decent cgi. Read more
Published 22 months ago by movielover
5.0 out of 5 stars Two words... Alex O'Loughlin
I love a good horror movie, but that is not why I bought this! It's good... but Alex O'Loughlin is so adorable and sexy... I would pay to watch him read the phone book!!! Read more
Published on March 23, 2012 by Betsy
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