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When a greedy oil baron sets his sights on drilling in a Louisiana swamp, a monstrous creature is awakened. The baron and his associates are killed in the swamp thicket, spurring an investigation led by Sheriff Kyle Williams. Although the Seminoles are initially suspected of the murders, the swamp creature, known as Man-Thing, is the killer. A gruesome creature made of plants and vines, Man-Thing possesses strange and dangerous powers.
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The Schist oil company is polluting the Bywater swamp and the locals
are up in arms about it but that is nothing compared to how the
guardian of the swamp, Man-Thing, feels. Man-thing will not rest until
the drilling platform has gone, and until then he will kill anyone he
can get his branches on.
New sheriff in the town, Kyle Williams, and sexy third grade school
teacher, Teri, embark on a quest to put an end to the death and
Brett Leonard's adaptation of the Marvel comic books is an enjoyable
and schlocky monster flick that never gets ideas above its station and
is savvy enough to give its core audience exactly what they want; we
get moderate gore, a smattering of nudity, a pretty decent monster and
a plot that doesn't exactly tax the old grey matter.
The swamp locations are a sufficiently creepy setting for the tale.
Swimming in mist and bathed in a spooky green glow, they allow Leonard
to use shadows and light for maximum effect - at times concealing the
horror and at others, revealing it in its full gory glory.
The effects both the gore and the creature are also pretty
impressive. When Man-Thing gets busy on his victims, he doesn't hold
back and we get a range of gruesome body parts splashed across the
screen during its 105 minute running time.
In fact, the only thing that really lets this film down is its pacing.
The film is too long (by about 20 minutes) and too much time is spent
with characters either chatting or wandering aimlessly through the
swamp. If there had been a little less talk and a little more action,
I'd have rated it higher.
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