The Return of Swamp Thing

Go Ahead And Scoff. But This cheap-jack sequel to the 1982 cult favorite about a hunky scientist (Dick Durock) turned talking plant delivers more tacky hit-and-miss hilarity than a Cineplex-ful of teen-sex comedies. Using the DC Comics series as source material, screenwriters Derek Spencer and Grant Morris and director Jim Wynorski give the Swampy story a good-natured razzing. Durock is back with new stalks, and Louis Jourdan, the evil Dr. Arcane, is still trying to melt him down into a rejuvenating drink. Adrienne Barbeau, Swampy's romantic interest last time, has been replaced by Heather Locklear, playing Jourdan's suspicious stepdaughter. Heather and Swampy are a perfect match, since she professes to like plants more than men. "I mean, you can stroke a plant," she says, "and they don't get all worked up about it." Such remarks prompt Jourdan to ask his parrot, Gigi, "Am I a fool without a mind or have I merely been too blind to realize I'm dealing with two idiots?" And so it goes. Sure, the laughs are cheap, but why kick when you're richly entertained.

From The Archives Issue 553: June 1, 1989
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