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2 Ratings: 2.0
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Starring Matthew Le Nevez, Rachel Taylor, Jack Thompson, Rawiri Paratine  Directed by Brett Leonard  Writer:  Hans Rodionoff  2005     Product Description  Kyle Williams (Matt Le Nevez) … see full wiki

Genre: Horror, Action, Adventure
Release Date: September 3, 2004
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Man-Thing

Cheesy 'Swamp Thing' gone horribly wrong

  • Nov 10, 2008
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Lions Gate Films has been putting out some pretty good stuff lately, but 'Man Thing' isn't one. At first, I was actually enjoying it, wondering what the problem was with all the poor reviews. It was kind of like watching a Saturday afternoon horror movie; suitably spooky, creepy background, cheesy blood, redneck atmosphere...and then it all went wrong.

The potential was here for a decent horror movie, but the film falls flat halfway through. The plot looses speed, the script becomes sporadic, the creepiness fades to commonness...and I kept wondering where all the leeches were. If these people are passing out in swamps, shouldn't they be covered with leeches by now?

The plot? Bywater has a new sheriff, Kyle Williams, arriving smack in the middle of a feud between oilmen Frederic and Jake Schist and the local tree huggers. Well, not really tree huggers, but protesters against the oilmen for taking away the Indians sacred land and drilling on it.

Protester and third grade teacher Teri, an impossibly pretty girl in an inbred town, tried to tell Kyle about the problems with the oilrigs, but she is too coy and Kyle to vague at this point.

The Schist's want to drill, and Indians Pete Horn and the elusive Rene Laroque want their land back. Redneck brothers Wayne and Rodney Thibodeaux just want to make trouble.

People start dying in horrible ways, and the coroner blames it on alligators, but Kyle knows something else is happening out in the swamps. Kyle and deputy Eric Fraser go a'huntin, and the fun begins. Will the Man Thing eat them all before they figure out they need to destroy the oilrig?

This would be a great drinking movie, as long as you consume enough alcohol during the first half to not care as much about the second half. Swamps are creepy, and oilrigs are creepy, and putting the two together should have been a no brainer. I have not read the comic, so I can't compare the movie to it, but compared to the original, campy 1970's 'Swamp Thing' with Adrienne Barbeau, 'Man Thing' can't hold itself up on his cheesy, trunk-like legs. Although, the human oil well near the end was pretty darn cool.

Rent, don't buy. And buy beer to go with it.

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January 26, 2009
Another Florida flick.
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