The Monsieur Louis Jourdan Archive | HOME
Return of Swamp Thing
1989 : The Return Of The Swamp Thing
Le Retour de la Créature du Lagon
de Jim Wynorski
Avec Heather Locklear.
Louis Jourdan as Dr Anton Arcane
Plot : After her mother's mysterious death, Abby Arcane (Heather Locklear) travels to the Florida swamps to confront her evil stepfather Dr. Arcane (Louis Jourdan), who had been resurrected with a ludicrous explanation after his death in the first film. 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.
Directed by Jim Wynorski
Produced by Benjamin Melniker & Michael E. Uslan
Screenplay by Neil Cuthbert & Grant Morris
Based on Swamp Thing by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson
Music by Chuck Cirino
Sarah Douglas & Louis Jourdan
Cast: Louis Jourdan / Heather Locklear / Dick Durock / Sarah Douglas / Ace Mask / Monique Gabrielle / Daniel Emery Taylor
The Return of Swamp Thing acquired largely poor reception from critics. Vincent Canby of The New York Times gave a negative review, proclaiming the film "is intended for people who missed the 1982 Swamp Thing and don't want the bother of renting the videocassette." He added that it "means to be funnier than it ever is" and "contains scenes of violence, most of which are so unconvincing as to be less scary than an average comic book." Another negative review came from Variety. Its summary headline read: "The Return of Swamp Thing is scientific hokum without the fun. Second attempt to film the DC Comics character will disappoint all but the youngest critters."
A writer for Time Out gave a somewhat neutral review, stating "Wynorski is well-versed in double-bluffing his audience, denying them the chance of balking at dreadful special effects by implying that the ineptitude is deliberate. He opts for cheap nostalgic laughs and camp '50s sci-fi scenery; depending on whether you find this funny, you'll either smile knowingly or gasp in disbelief." Another positive review was from Roger Ebert. He gave the movie "Thumbs Up" when Gene Siskel didn't.