Picks and Pans Review: Swamp Thing

updated 05/03/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/03/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT

It's the old story: Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy turns into a plant. Based on DC Comics characters, Swamp Thing opens with the arrival of Adrienne Barbeau at a remote research laboratory. (The actual location was Charleston, S.C.) Someone is sabotaging experiments involving recombinant DNA. Can vegetable cells be fused with an animal's to create aggressive plants? Or will a monster result? Louis Jourdan, in a mood to rule the world, shows up and attempts a takeover of the lab. Barbeau escapes with some crucial notes and flees into a bog, where she meets her old scientist boyfriend. He has gotten recombined and is no longer much in the looks department—he resembles a descaled, vegetarian version of the Creature From the Black Lagoon. But as plants go, he's affectionate. Soon they go off together, hand in stalk, to face Jourdan, who ends up drinking some stuff he hopes will change him into a kind of supercabbage. Suffice it to say, he could have had a V-8. (PG)

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