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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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009A409S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,815 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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This movie is interesting, but not as good as all the other marvel movies.
Allisa
Its like the scriptwriter tried really hard at first and then was just like "Screw it." and just typed out anything to get the script finished.
Arthur Kicker
An unexceptional film that I can't recommend to anyone, comic book fan or not.
Mojo Jojo

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on June 17, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 6, 2005
Format: DVD
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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ken Fontenot TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 1, 2006
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. F. on May 16, 2007
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I actually enjoyed this movie more than I expected. I think it's a case where the filmmakers had a very limited budget to work with, and rather than use a lot of cheap CGI shots and cram the movie with horrible-looking action (like many made-for-SciFi Channel movies), they instead opted for the old tried and true Hollywood low-budget monster movie formula: try to create a lot of suspense and atmosphere and don't show the monster until the end. I am a fan of the Man-Thing comics, and I will say that the movie did capture a pretty good comic-book vibe, with the characters, eerie greenish swamp scene lighting, and the sets, art design and editing---unfortunately, it doesn't really feel like the Man-Thing comic. I wish they would have kept the "burning touch" power of Man-Thing, and featured a little more action and monster scenes. But, the creature did look pretty good when he finally appeared, and in general the acting, the score, and especially the cinematography were fairly solid. I also appreciated the fact that they went for a very serious vibe, instead of the camp approach of the 80's Swamp Thing movies.

If you're looking for an action-packed, big budget version of the Man-Thing comic, you'll be disappointed in this one. If you're looking for a good looking, slow-paced comic book movie about a swamp monster (that does touch on some of the environmental themes of the comics) then you might enjoy this one like I did.
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