100 Essential Superhero Movies – You Decide! Swamp Thing
Part of finishing off this list of 100 essential superhero movies is bringing in my audience, and so when I got down to the last 15-20 movies, I decided that I would let you decide. And what better than to reach out to other movie critics and reviewers to let them argue the case for a superhero movie that they are a fan of and at the bottom of the post, there is a poll where you can vote whether or not you agree if it should be included in the 100 Essential Superhero Movies list. But I didn’t want them to have all the fun so today I will be defending the case for the 80’s DC pseudo-horror movie Swamp Thing directed by none other than Wes Craven.
Swamp Thing is almost a quintessential superhero movie when you strip it down to its basic elements. You’ve got a scientist working on a secret project when an accident causes things to go terribly wrong leaving Dr. Holland played by the great Ray Wise to become a hideously deformed Swamp Thing made up of plants. On the other side of things there’s also a typical megalomaniacal villain in Arcane who wants to take this scientific discovery for himself to use for various evil purposes and ends up creating his own strange swamp-like creatures and even becomes one himself. The only difference is that the entire thing is told through a cheesy B-horror movie lens, complete with a strong, but prone-to-trip-a-lot female protagonist who isn’t afraid to show her breasts. But even with the topless moment, there’s really no blood or gore in this PG rated movie which leaves plenty of room for Dr. Holland as Swamp Thing to be a superhero. Not to mention that this is one of the few DC movies in this era that weren’t Batman or Superman.
I mentioned the fact that this was directed by master of horror Wes Craven, and even though there aren’t a lot of opportunities to do any typical gory horror effects, the Swamp Thing itself is still a pretty impressive display after all these years, though I do have to admit that they obviously spent less time and money on the make up effects for Arcane and his henchmen. The action may get a little silly at times, but it is still a very good superhero movie for this era and worthy of being included in the 100 Essential Superhero Movies. What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Make sure you vote in the poll just below on whether or not Swamp Thing will be included in this list. Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.