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“Swamp Thing” October Creature Feature Viewing

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October Creature Feature – Halloween Movie Review

Swamp Thing


by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Helen Of Troy is, according to historians, “The Most Beautiful Woman Who Ever Lived.” Historians love to point out that Helen was so beautiful, “Her Face Launched A Thousand Ships,” and, of course, started a War.

Historians are great people. Unfortunately, some historians are “incurable romantics.”

Since Helen Of Troy didn’t leave behind a driver’s license photo, modeling publicity shots of any kind, a family photo album, a voter’s ID, wallet photos, or a police mug shot – we have to rely on the descriptions of some historians.

Damsel In Distress

In my lifetime, I have seen many beautiful women. Some were simply walking down the street.

As a young man, one of the first women I ever fell “Madly In Love And Lust With From A Distance” was Adrienne Barbeau.

The first time I ever saw Miss Barbeau in a movie I could not take my eyes off of her. A beautiful Gemini brunette, who on the silver screen was the classic “Damsel In Distress” in the movie, “Swamp Thing.”

I was born in 1955, so almost all of the women I ever fell “Madly in Lust and Love With At First Sight” were Hollywood movie and TV actresses.

Adrienne Barbeau, plays the lead actress in this movie, “Swamp Thing.”

Obviously, “Swamp Thing” did not become a blockbuster that raked in the Academy Awards right and left. It is a wonderful movie. The script and the work of the actors and actresses in this movie helps to make the story entertaining and believeable.

Cinema Creativity

Keep in mind, this is an American classic that was made become computers. It is obvious that this movie did not have a big budget.

In the years before computers and Computer Generated Images, movie staffs like other people had to rely on their God-given common sense, creativity and imagination to come up with set decorations, costumes and realistic “creature features.” You have to applaud the ingenuity of the people who worked on this movie and made everything look realistic.

Obviously, in the Dark Ages Of American Cinema before computers, there were creative people, who knew “How To Make Things Work.”

Location, Location, Location – Imagination

If you have ever been around any swamps in Louisiana, then, this movie helps to remind you, “There are ‘gators in these swamps.” The settings and locations in this movie remind me I don’t want to be in the swamp, when the sun goes down.

In the spirit of October, when you dust off your “Horror” movies and start counting down “The Shopping Days Left Until Halloween” – “Swamp Thing” is one of the movies you take from your movie library and put in the DVD player.

If you don’t have the movie, break out the candy corn, go online and read the reviews for “Swamp Thing.” Then, you can go online an order from Netflix, swing by Blockbuster and rent. Or, if like me, you enjoy having your own movie library, then, you might want to see if it is in the October Horror movies for sale at your local Wal-Mart store.

Five Stars Family Creature Feature

I think “Swamp Thing” is a great family “creature feature” that celebrates October and Halloween. I give it Five Stars.

The Fog”

If you are looking for other October “Creature Features” starring Adrienne Barbeau, then, consider “The Fog.” This movie has a stellar cast like Hal Holbrook and Janet Leigh.

It is a ghost story that involves a ship and a small Atlantic seaboard town. Jamie Lee Curtis, like Adrienne Barbeau, another “Legendary American Scream Queen” of horror films, is also in this movie.

Significance of The American ‘Remake”

In American movies, if people like a film – Hollywood remembers and does “The Remake”, years later for a new generation of moviegoers. Both, “Swamp Thing” and “The Fog” have had remakes done of the original movies. Therefore, I consider “Swamp Thing” and “The Fog” to be “American Cult Classics.”

Sit back with your popcorn, candy corn and soda on the sofa and put “Swamp Thing” and “The Fog” in your DVD player for an October evening of Halloween entertainment.


Movie Links

IMDb “Swamp Thing”

IMDb Adrienne Barbeau

Comicbook Hotties.Com Adrienne Barbeau

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