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The Return of Swamp Thing (1989)

Dick Durock , Heather Locklear , Jim Wynorski  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Dick Durock, Heather Locklear, Louis Jourdan, Sarah Douglas, Joey Sagal
  • Directors: Jim Wynorski
  • Writers: Bernie Wrightson, Grant Morris, Len Wein, Neil Cuthbert
  • Producers: Annette Cirillo, Benjamin Melniker, Charles Mitchell
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L4NB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,713 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Return of Swamp Thing" on IMDb

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Everyone's favorite muck-encrusted plant-man is back in this tongue-in-cheek action-adventure, based on the award-winning DC comic series. Determined to solve the mysterious death of her mother, beautiful horticulturist Abigail Arcane ("Spin City's" Heather Locklear) visits her stepfather, Dr. Anton Arcane (Louis Jourdan), in his high-tech laboratory. Unfortunately Arcane is bent on taking her life for the creation of his immortality serum. Coming to her rescue is the former Dr. Alex Holland, now Swamp Thing, who sweeps her away to the heart of the bayou where they soon fall head over heels in love. But their romance goes awry when Arcane ruthlessly hunts down these unlikely lovers with a fiendish array of weaponry! Chock full of witty dialogue, dazzling stunt work and striking special effects, this outrageous action-comedy monster mash also features cult favorites Sarah Douglas (Superman II) and scream queen Monique Gabrielle.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I got you now Mr. Potato-Head!" April 21, 2008
This is B-Movie greatness! Adventure, rubber suits, funny one-liners, it's all here. This is a review of the OOP Image release.

"The Return of Swamp Thing" is 10 times more entertaining than the first and here's a list of 10 reasons why:

10) Heather Locklear: Gentleman prefer blondes, nuff said.

9) The fight scenes are many, but varied which is cool.

8) The kids put in a great comedic performance.

7) Character development: each character truly has their own voice and a specific scene to remember them by, kudos to the screenwriters.

6) "Gun": The psychotic head of security has the best lines in the movie like "Turn him into guacamole" and "I got you now Mr. Potato-Head!"

5) The creatures: The evil monsters are classic sci-fi models that add the campy flare with a touch of realism.

4) The bath tub scene: After being blown up, Swamp Thing sneeks into Arcane's base via the plumbing. At least they showed one of Swamp Thing's powers, besides being able to punch people.

3) The war wounds scene: Security guards Gun and Poinsettia compare their various scars and tell where/when they got them. Very memorable.

2) Dr. Arcane: Every good movie needs a villain and Louis Jourdan puts in a great performance as he performs all his evil deeds with psychotic calmness and humor.

1) The Swamp Thing costume doesn't look like a melted plastic Green Army Man toy. That's right, there's actually some resemblance to the comic!

Overall this is a fun movie with plenty of action and comedy. It used to be shown in it's entirety on TV so it's fun for everyone.

Buy it today.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The return to great fun ! November 24, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I don't know why,but I enjoy this movie much more than I enjoy Wes Craven's version (pt.1).Maybe because of the effects and the make-up which are cool for a low-budget movie,the characters -which are more interesting and more likeable and the black humor (take the case of the asthmatic monster(!) that fights with our hero).Besides, this movie features Heather Locklear and Sarah Douglas ,good monster fights and a beautiful swamp.To top it off ,I watched part 2 much before I watched part 1.This part 2 has a great beginning,which shows parts of the Swamp Thing's best comic books accompanied by the song "Born on the Bayou",which is a masterpiece.The story : A mad scientist (who has a deadly degenerative disease) does experiments on animals and people to find a cure for his health problem which can also give him immortality and special powers.Only the Swamp thing may offer the mad genius what he is looking for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Okay, some people are missing the point (yet again) February 21, 2003
By Matt
I've read alot of negative reviews for this one, and none of the people writing these reviews really seem to grasp the concept of a Jim Wynorski film. Jim Wynorski makes b-movies, ONLY b-movies, and he makes them well. If you're unfamiliar with what a b-movie is, you should'n't be writing a review for this particular film, but I'll give you some background. Remember those old fifties drive-in films, you know, the kind they play on Mystery Science Theater 3000? Stereo-typical characters, guys in rubber suits playing cheesy monsters, and that special 80's touch up, huge breasts every couple of minutes...these are all elements of the b-movie. You're SUPPOSED to make fun of it. You're SUPPOSED to actually enjoy yourself watching a movie for once.
Return of Swamp Thing is an excellent b-movie, and one of Jim Wynorski's best. It's alot different from the original, but alot better, in my opinion. No disrespect to Wes Craven, but Swamp Thing isn't one of his better films. Not as bad as Scream 2, but it's not quite up to par with his usual films.
If you DID enjoy Return of Swamp Thing, I recommend "Not of This Earth" (1986), "Sorority House Massacre II: Nightie Nightmare", and "Hard To Die".
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swamp Thing rules...... March 27, 2003
Swamp Thing rules... even though this is a campy movie The Return of Swamp Thing is fun. If you like superhero, monster movies and camp rolled into one then this is the movie for you. The best part of this movie is the opening credits with that rock and roll song. This is one of the better Superhero movies... 10times better than THE Captain America, Fantastic Four and The Punisher movies that were never release. Right up there with Batman Returns and Superman 4.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I have to confess a fondness for this movie October 2, 2008
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Yes, it is goofy. Yes it is made by the same guy who made the pseudo-Conan THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER. Still, it's entertaining. Actually, I think it is actually better than the original (how did Wes Craven get hooked into that one?). True, you do have the two obnxious kids and Swamp Thing whacking away on creatures with big rubbery heads. Louis Jourdan returns as Arcane (didn't he literally loose his head in the first one), Sarah Douglas as an evil assistant and Heather Locklear as the eye-candy love interest for Swampy (this time completely played by Dick Durock)and it opens with credits from the comic covers to CCR's "Born on the Bayou".
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Classic January 30, 2003
One of the classiest cult movies you will ever encounter, one of the best comic adaptations ever made, a million times better than the first one proving the Empire Strikes Back theory that it is possible to make a superior follow up. If you are a cult comic/movie fan do yourself a favour and invest the 20 bucks or whatever it is to own this masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this movie since I first saw it
Published 7 days ago by MADELINE CORDEIRO
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed, I cried, I...did they just have sex?
Guns, mutants, evil scientists, strange love, Heather Locklear in her prime and a giant muckman kicking asses and taking names? What else could you want?!
Published 22 days ago by DrJones84
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie was great and fun to watch.
Published 24 days ago by Bryan Beal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
im completely satisfied with this order.
Published 1 month ago by Sandra L Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
For once a 2nd movie that was better than the first!
Published 3 months ago by rhonda Hart
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical "B movie" - but a lot of fun.
Heather Locklear, is as gorgeous as she ever was and Dick Durock is the "Big Green Guy" with a heart. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Susie
3.0 out of 5 stars Dumb and Fun
There is no reason to buy this movie except for Heather Locklear, which of course is beautiful and enjoyable to watch.
Published 4 months ago by IFUBIOK
3.0 out of 5 stars The Lighter Side of Swamp Thing
Let me start by saying, this is not a great film. It's a cheesie, comic take on the original which, as a product of its time, had some moments of real brilliance. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Allen Berry
1.0 out of 5 stars Bored on the Bayou
Disappointing low-camp sequel to "Swamp Thing" (1982). Mostly hapless performances, unfunny one-liners and flat direction result in a B-movie quagmire. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Scott T. Rivers
5.0 out of 5 stars B MOVIE ROYALTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OKAY SO IT ISN'T OSCAR MATERIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! B-Movies are meant to be fun, PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a fun movie and that's that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 6 months ago by Paul E. Wogg
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