The Return of Swamp Thing

The Return of Swamp Thing

Infobox Film
name = The Return of Swamp Thing

caption =
director = Jim Wynorski
producer = Benjamin Melniker
Michael E. Uslan
writer = Screenplay:
Neil Cuthbert
Grant Morris
Comic Book:
Len Wein
Bernie Wrightson
starring = Louis Jourdan
Heather Locklear
Dick Durock
Sarah Douglas
Ace Mask
Monique Gabrielle
Daniel Emery Taylor
music = Chuck Cirino
cinematography = Zoran Hochstätter
editing = Leslie Rosenthal
distributor = Millimeter Films
released = May 12, 1989
runtime = 88 min.
language = English
budget = Unknown
gross = $192,816
preceded_by = "Swamp Thing"
amg_id = 1:142852
imdb_id =0098193|

"The Return of Swamp Thing" is a low-budget sci-fi/comedy made in 1989, and was directed by Jim Wynorski. It is based on the DC Comics title "Swamp Thing" and is a sequel to the 1982 horror film "Swamp Thing" directed by Wes Craven. The film's main title montage consists of comic book covers set to Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Born on the Bayou".


After her mother's mysterious death, Abby Arcane (Heather Locklear) travels to the Florida swamps to confront her evil stepfather Dr. Arcane (Louis Jourdan). In an attempt to stave off the effects of aging, Dr. Arcane, assisted by Dr. Lana Zurrell (Sarah Douglas), combines genes from various swamp animals and human beings, creating an army of monsters. Dr. Arcane tries to use his stepdaughter Abby in his genetic experiments until she is rescued by Swamp Thing (Dick Durock), a scientist previously transformed into a bog creature after a confrontation with the evil doctor and a conscience-stricken Dr. Zurrell.


Peter David wrote a novelization of the film. Disappointed with the script, David rewrote large chunks of the story. To his surprise, the producers enjoyed the changes and allowed the book to see print as-is. [ [ Movie adaptations ] ]

VHS and DVD Release

RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video released the film in 1989 on VHS.

The film was issued on DVD by Image Entertainment, with a commentary by Wynorski which suggests that some of the film's humor was not as intentional as it seems, and that Wynorski had a degree of contempt for the material. The DVD also includes two environmental public service announcements for television recorded with Durock in character and the two children featured in the movie. The PSAs aired in certain markets in 1989.

Warner Brothers re-released the film in April 2008 on DVD.


External links

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*amg movie|id=1:142852|title=The Return of Swamp Thing
*rotten-tomatoes|id=return_of_swamp_thing|title=The Return of Swamp Thing
*mojo title|id=swampthing2|title=The Return of Swamp Thing

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