Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing supernatural horror films from the 2000’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
Smells like bad cheese...
Swamp Thing is a laughably cheesy adaptation of a classic comic character and his adventures. The physical stunts are daringly authentic and the boat chases over-the-top. That said, every action bit ends up looking fake. The contrast between ambition and rendition is sadly hilarious, especially when taking into account they are scored as if this was a Friday the 13th sequel.
The swamp sets are impressively well designed and lit in a comfortable surreal fashion. This becomes an issue in regards to the creature because the suit looks like nothing other than a layer of rubber. Little texture work went into it. Swamp Thing isn't exactly scary. The monster is the main protagonist, after all, making this half an adventure film, half a revenge story.
The script has weaknesses and dialogue is a major one. The main actors are doing a decent job but everybody else seems like they are struggling with their lines. The sad irony about this one is it is only worth seeing for its charming mistakes. While Swamp Thing is an overall deception, it partially redeems itself in its last act. Things get crazier, nonsensical, then increasingly awkward...