There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations that it's hard to see through everything you can see. Every Friday Verge s Cut the Crap column simplifies the selection by sorting through the overwhelming number of movie and TV shows on subscription services and recommending a single perfect thing to see this weekend.
What to See
Swamp Thing Wes Craven's 1982 film about DC's Swing Thing, a cartoon character created in 1971 by the author Len Wein and the artist Bernie Wrightson. Movie star Ray Wise like Alec Holland, a scientist whose hidden, state-funded work on the untapped potential of plant life ̵
Why watch now?
Because the first episode of DC Universes Swamp Thing is available today, with subsequent episodes arriving every week.
The creative teams working on DCU's original series of live action have made some bold choices aimed at die-hard DC fans. Season 1 of Titans turned the basic story of origin to Marv Wolfman and George Pérez's classic 1980 version of the super team into a dark thrilling adventure where the heroes traveled far and total assets for a great battle still to come. Doom Patrol 's recently completed first season adapted some of the more bizarre and surrealistic comics Grant Morrison wrote in the 1990s with a well-known street called Danny and a bodybuilder called Flex Mentallo. who can change reality by moving their muscles.
Both of these shows skipped their superhero's earliest incarnations, and instead they jumped right into the eras that produced the best stories. When Swamp Thing was announced, some fans (or perhaps hopes) wondered that this new series could do the same, diving directly in the 1980s Swamp Thing stories written by Alan Moore. Instead, authors Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman stick to the roots of Swamp Thing & # 39; and tell Wein / Wrightson the story of origin, which was honestly quite large, and it established a look and a tone for the character that Moore and others would later honor with their versions.
The first two Swamp Thing episodes (made available to critics before today's premiere) introduce Andy Bean as Alec Holland, now a corporate-backed scientist who is killed while investigating a kind of "plant pest "There have been diseases the locals. Crystal Reed plays Abby Arcane, a CDC team leader who also runs to save the little Louisiana town where she grew up. The Verheiden, Dauberman, and their excellent cast take their time to establish the characters and the location, and keep the title symbol mostly off-screen, for now. (Any connection between Abby and the character Anton Arcane also goes outside again. Currently.)
TV Swamp Thing actually plays the frightening elements of the original comic and tells a story of spooky phenomena in the swirling south, with many grotesque images of human bodies ripped into pieces of creeping vines. Craven s Swamp Thing also makes great use of his wilderness locations (shot mainly in South Carolina), but it is more of a combination of a Gothic romance and an action adventure. When Alec turns into Swamp Thing (played by Dick Durock), he becomes Alice's protector and admirer, lurking in the shadows and emerging to keep her safe from Arcane's goons. The film has a dreamy atmosphere, but the bones of a slam-bang B movie, with lots of scenes from demolishing vehicles and crushing skulls.
Who is it for
Fans from the 1970s comics and classic Universal monster movies.
Swamp Things character was introduced in a DC horror comic House of Secrets but when he once landed in his own series, Wein and Wrightson continued the basic concept of a hanging plant monster, fitting it into the more episodic , fairytale fashion of the 1970s comics. Swamp Thing squared against mystics and crazy scientists, and everyone else throws nature out of balance. Craven's Swamp Thing is much in the spirit of these original stories, with Louis Jordan's Anton Arcane, representing the kind of high-spirited sociopath, whose attempts to manipulate the natural world required the righteous swallowed only a swampified Alec Holland could give.
But Craven was also an old-fashioned horror bird, and he made the most of his ability to make an old-fashioned rubber stuff-monster movie. He filled the film with the patience of Frankenstein or Creature from Black Lagoon and evoked sympathy for shambling beaste in the middle of his image. In a way, Cravens Swamp Thing is a remake of Creature by Black Lagoon but with "Gill man" as the good guy and the Amazon adventurers who creep. And Adrienne Barbeau provides an all-time great-looking lady in need, who is helpful to the hero and able to take care of herself, but still captures hearts when the rogues are getting better off her.
Where to see it? 19659015] TubiTV free with ad interruptions. The much more tongue-in-kind 1989 successor, The Swamp Thing is also available for free at Vudu (again with ads).