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Return of Swamp Thing 1989 NR CC

4.1 out of 5 stars (66) IMDb 4.4/10

Everyone's favorite muck-encrusted plant-man is back in The Return of Swamp Thing, the tounge-in-cheek action-adventure starring Louis Jourdan and Heather Locklear.

Starring:
Louis Jourdan, Heather Locklear
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Adventure, Action, Comedy, Horror
Director Jim Wynorski
Starring Louis Jourdan, Heather Locklear
Supporting actors Sarah Douglas, Dick Durock, Joey Sagal, Ace Mask, Monique Gabrielle, RonReaco Lee, Daniel Emery Taylor, Ralph Pace, Timothy Birch, Alex Van, Christopher Doyle, Rex Pierson, Tony Sears, Bill Eudaly, J. Don Ferguson, Cockroach Bob, Anthony Cecere, Jim Grimshaw
Studio Lightyear Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Format: DVD
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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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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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. Louis Jordan reprises his role as the evil Dr. Arcane, and Dick Durock, the real set piece of the film, reprises his most famous role as Swamp Thing.

This is probably not for most folks. It's down right campy at times, it's funny in the way that Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is funny, but the effects on occasion? Kind of impressive, like when Swamp Thing reconstitutes after being blown to bits by Arcane's new mercs who are outfitted right out of the surplus store run by the aliens from NBC's "V."

Yet, despite its shortcomings, this movie has a certain charm, mostly in the person of Dick Durock whose imposing 6'5" frame is the perfect mold upon which to build Swamp Thing. Unlike the tortured, misbegotten victim of DNA experimentation from the original, Swampy has a little fun in this one. Apparently he's gained some notoriety among the residents of the dry land around the swamp. He's witty, charming, and apparently kinda hot for a plant, at least for the romantic lead played by a young Heather Locklear who is introduced as Dr. Arcane's step daughter.

The introduction of two bumbling kids out to snap a photo of Swamp Thing, who's actually into the idea, makes me think that this action/comedy was perhaps produced as a kids' movie or maybe targeted toward a young teen audience. Hard to say, really, but the way that Swamp Thing pauses to pose for the length of a musical sting whenever he comes to the rescue is perhaps a clue.

This is a B-movie, but not in the way that the original was. This is a B-Comedy, and yet there are moments that are both endearing and disturbing.
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"Pardon me folks, I had to take a sip of Coke," slurps Wynorski on the DVD audio commentary, and his hilarious interruption here points out the dilemma that this is one comic book character that (apparently) can't be taken seriously in the cinema medium. Unfortunate indeed, since the Alec Holland character is one of the best horror/sf comic inventions around, and the early comics (and some aspects of the USA TV series that limped around stations in the U.S. in the early 90's) treated his creation more fairly (as a horror comics character). This film, though, is just plain silly. I like a lot of it, but it could have been much better, and, sadly, no one gets how to handle Swampy on the big screen. Hopefully a new film will finally do justice to this character.
The DVD is good, with some fun extras, and a great sound and picture transfer. Overall, it's a funny movie, but basically distorts a tragic character for further mixing in the swamp of B-movie stew. C+
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