3.5 / 5
Tagline: Science transformed him into a monster. Love changed him even more!
Directed By: Wes Craven
Written By: Wes Craven, Len Wein, Bernie Wrightson
Actors Include: Louis Jourdan, Adrienne Barbeau, David Hess
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Length: 93 minutes
Although there are some scenes of horror-like activity this is one of those films perfectly suited to frightening young kids. At the same time, it's a great deal of fun for adults too (seeing as how I watched this for the first time this year at the age of 27 and had a great time). It's a comic book based horror, so the style is kinda campy, and the effects are a little lame (can you say rubber mask?) but it all suits the film and really it seems to belong. The story is about a young lady (the busty Barbeau) who joins a Scientific group studying a chemical that would feed the homeless (I think). Well the chemical isn't perfected, but it does manage to turn whatever it comes in contact with into a living plant like creature. So anyhow, the lead Scientist (who is sweet on Barbeau of course) ends up covered in this plant stuff and is even caught on fire when some meddling thugs break in and try to steal the formula. They get everything except one notebook which Barbeau grabs and goes on the run with. The bad guys spend loads of time chasing her around, but every time she comes into peril enter....Swamp thing! He doesn't usually kill but rather just throws people away from her, but he's on a mission to protect. It's definitely action packed, and there are even a few scenes that are a bit frightening (when Barbeau is hiding in the woods) but still if your kiddies can handle a little this is a great family film.
Availability: On DVD