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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Curse of the Swamp Creature (1966)

Curse of the Swamp Creature is not the worst film I've ever seen, but it's not good filmmaking either.  Think of it as the poor white trash inbred cousin of the classic Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954).  Here's what's wrong with the film:
1. The Creature - The only part of the Creature we see through the entire film is it's webbed hand rising from an ice fog misted container in the laboratory.  When the Creature is finally revealed in the concluding scenes, it looks like a Kindergarden art project.  You have to see it to believe it.
2.  Continuity - My favorite WTF moment is every time the mad scientist throws another failed experiment into his pool to be devoured by hungry alligators.  It's quite clear the alligators are being filmed in a lake somewhere else.  Ridiculous.  The other laugh out loud moment for me occurs every time the expedition party is walking through the swamp.  The guide makes repeated claims of how tough the journey will be.  Yet every time we see them they are traveling on nicely manicured paths.  Seriously!  This is just the tip of the iceberg.
3. Bad Acting and a Bad Script - Some of the actors deliver their lines with the skill of a Jr. High School production of Our Town.  However, they're not so bad that they are campy.  They're just plain bad.  Furthermore, is it me or are the mad scientist's lines totally ridiculous at times?  Any what's up with the Tesla coils and boiling test tubes in the lab?  Could anything be more cliche?
If this film suddenly disappeared from the face of the earth, it would be a gift to the horror genre.  You've been warned!
Rating: Bad.
Download a copy of the film from Archive.org
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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