THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING
As director, Melniker and Uslan employ Jim Wynorksi, a prolific B-budget genre hack responsible for numerous films, most of which betray a campy and unserious attitude toward the material. (See bottom of page for Jim Wynorskis other films). Wes Cravens Swamp Thing, even if it failed to treat the source material with the greatest respect, at least took it seriously. Jim Wynorski, by comparison, does not. Heather Locklear gets an opening line: Good morning, sorry Im late. I just got back from my transcendental therapy group in Malibu. I cant believe they wouldnt validate. Upon departing for the swamplands, she leaves her assistant instructions: Read to them [the plants], especially the sports section. Theyve got a thing for The Lakers. The romance between her and Swamp Thing is the films height of silliness: Im a plant, he says. Thats okay, she responds, Im a vegetarian.
The film is cheaply and cartoonishly made. Jim Wynorski had a witless sense of humour a scar-comparing romance between two guards played by Ace Mask and Wynorskis girlfriend Monique Gabrielle is asinine. Further the film tends to show up the limitations of Louis Jourdan as an actor. Louis Jourdan is wrong for the part of Arcane he plays it too soft, he seems more of a French seducer than a comic-book villain. The part should have been played akin to something like Paul Freemans Belloq in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Dick Durock in the Swamp Thing suit is the other returnee from the original. The Swamp Thing suit is a lot more leafy and slimy than the original, and the one good part about the film is some of the imaginative makeup effects, including mutants in Arcanes lab that have the likes of half-alligator and half-elephant faces.
The Swamp Thing franchise continued with two tv series: the abysmal Swamp Thing (1990) and the animated Swamp Thing (1991). Swamp Thing also makes an appearance in the animated Justice League Dark (2017).
Jim Wynorskis other genre films are:- The Lost Empire (1983), Chopping Mall (1986), Deathstalker II (1987), Not Of This Earth (1988), Transylvania Twist (1989), The Haunting of Morella (1990), Sorority House Massacre II (1990), Sorority House Massacre 3/Hard to Die/Tower of Terror (1990), Scream Queen Hot Tub Party (1991), Munchie (1992), 976-Evil II (1992), Ghoulies IV (1993), Dinosaur Island (1994), Munchie Strikes Back (1994), Sorceress (1995), The Wasp Woman (1995), Vampirella (1996), The Pandora Project (1998), Storm Trooper (1998), The Bare Wench Project (1999), Desert Thunder (1999), Crash Point Zero/Extreme Limits (2000), The Bare Wench Project 2: Scared Topless (2001), Raptor (2001), Thy Neighbors Wife/Poison (2001), The Bare Wench Project 3: Nymphs of Mystery Mountain (2002), Gale Force (2002), Project Viper (2002), Cheerleader Massacre (2003), More Mercy (2003), The Curse of the Komodo (2004), Gargoyle (2004), The Thing Below (2004), Alabama Jones and the Busty Crusade (2005), Bare Wench: The Final Chapter (2005), Komodo vs Cobra (2005), Sub Zero (2005), The Witches of Breastwick (2005), The Witches of Breastwick 2 (2005), A.I. Assault/Shockwave (2006), Cry of the Winged Serpent (2006), Bone Eater (2007), The Breastford Wives (2007), House on Hooter Hill (2007), Cleavegefield (2009), Fire From Below (2009), Vampire in Vegas (2009), Monster Cruise (2010), Dinocroc vs Supergator (2010), The Hills Have Thighs (2010), Camel Spiders (2011), Piranhaconda (2011), Gila (2012), Hypnotika (2013), Scared Topless (2013), Sexually Bugged (2014), Shark Babes (2014), Water Wars (2014), Scared Topless (2015), Nessie & Me (2016), Sharkansas Womens Prison Massacre (2016) and Cobragator (2017).