The Return of Swamp Thing (1989) Movie Review


The Return of Swamp Thing (1989)

1989 | Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy, Adventure
84 minutes /

User Score: 57/100

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The Return of Swamp Thing Review


The Swamp Thing returns to battle the evil Dr. Arcane, who has a new science lab full of creatures transformed by genetic mutation...

The Return of Swamp Thing (1989) is a PG-13 1h 28 min American science fiction superhero/comedy film that was shot in Savannah, Georgia, USA and was based on the DC Comics title and creature Swamp Thing. The Return of Swamp Thing is the second cinematic installment in the media franchise and is a sequel to Swamp Thing (1982). Director Jim Wynorski (Chopping Mall (1986), Not of This Earth (1988), Deathstalker II (1987), Fire from Below (2009)) failed to execute this film, and Swamp Thing fans were not pleased with the movie. Lim was not the right fit/director for this film because the movie needed a particular expertise to direct it for diehard comic book fans. The film was a small budget film, but I was one antsy person who kept looking at the time because I could not wait for the movie to finish.

The Return of Swamp Thing starts with Dr. Anton Arcane (Louis Jourdan) returning to work on creating mutants and will do just about anything to find a formula to reverse his aging process as time is running out. His daughter arrives at his doorstep to inquire about her mother’s death, and that sparks an idea in Arcane’s head because he thinks Abby is the key to the cure since she shares the same genetics as her mother. The only person/thing that is in Arcane’s way is Swamp Thing who instantly falls in love with Abby. Arcane captures Abby (Melrose Place (1993-1999), Dynasty (1981-1989), T.J. Hooker (1982-1986), Spin City (1999-2002)) and it is up to Swamp Thing to rescue his love.

I cannot blame comic books fans to be outraged about this disastrous movie because there was a lot to dislike. The humor/comedy appears to be forced, and the action scenes could not look any more unrealistic than it did. The extremely slow pace did not help us at all as I found myself dreading sitting there watching this horrible film. The entire cast did their best with what they had to work with. The Return of Swamp Thing was not scary and felt as though it was intended for people who had no knowledge of Swamp Thing or who had not seen the Swamp Thing (1982) film. The dreadful special effects were--I do not have words for it, and the violence was all over the place. I would not recommend this film to anyone.

About The Return of Swamp Thing 1989

Title: The Return of Swamp Thing
Year: 1989
Runtime: 84 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy, Adventure
Score: 1 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.85/5 stars from 7 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 7
Starring: Sarah Douglas, Christopher Doyle, J. Don Ferguson, Jim Grimshaw, Heather Locklear, Ace Mask, Alex Van, Nicholas Worth, Monique Gabrielle, Joey Sagal, Louis Jourdan, Dick Durock, Ralph Pace, Timothy Birch, Rex Pierson, Tony Sears, Bill Eudaly, Cockroach Bob, Anthony Cecere, Albert B. Cooper IV, Kevin Schmidt, RonReaco Lee, Daniel Emery Taylor
Writers: Len Wein, Bernie Wrightson, Neil Cuthbert, Grant Morris
Director: Jim Wynorski

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