The Return of Swamp Thing

2 discs. 88+ min. Jim Wynorski, dist. by Lightyear Entertainment c/o MVDvisual, www.mvdb2b.com. 2018. Blu-ray/DVD Special Edition UPC 085365477827. $43.95. HORROR/COMEDY
Intrepid scientist Alec Holland is incinerated by villains who want his new biorestorative. The burning scientist was accidently coated with the last of his formula before presumably falling to his death, causing him instead to become fused with the brackish waters and slimy mud below. Eventually, Alec rises from the mire as the heroic Swamp Thing (Dick Durock). His enemy is the vile Anton Arcane (Louis Jourdan), who mutated himself attempting to prolong his life but is still slowly dying. Anton's crack scientific team and private army vainly attempt to re-create Swamp Thing's ability to heal while at the same time endeavoring to kill the muck-encrusted anomaly once and for all. Into this tableau strides dedicated horticulturist Abby (Heather Locklear), who wants answers from stepfather Anton about the death of Abby's mother. Violence and adventure erupt as Swamp Thing and Abby kindle an unexpected romance, while Anton finds that both monster and stepdaughter contain the key to his immortality.
VERDICT A campy B movie delight that captures the fun and spectacle of the Saturday matinee.

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