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Film: The Return of Swamp Thing

...in the Swamp.

A 1989 sequel to the Swamp Thing.

Swamp Thing is still living in the swamp, avoiding Arcane's men and helping people when needed to. Anton Arcane himself has managed to regain his humanity after the events of the last film, and is still searching for Swamp Thing in hopes of gaining immortality from his DNA. He has invited his stepdaughter Abigail to his mansion, as he needs her DNA as well for the operation. Ignorant to his motivation, Abigail agrees to visit him in hoping that she'll learn what happened to her late mother. Later on she meets up with Swamp Thing, and a romance develops between the two as he fights it out with Arcane's men and mutants.

The Return has the additional examples:

  • Batter Up: Swamp Thing uses Darryl's baseball bat to beat up mooks.
  • Battle in the Rain: Swamp Thing's second battle with the leech man.
  • Big Eater: Darryll. When he and Omar are searching for Swamp Thing, he ends eating all of their food.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Dugan in the beginning falls down while running away from Leech Man, loses his glasses and then starts fumbling around searching for them.
  • Body Horror: Dr. Rochelle's creations.
  • Camp: Oh yes. You wouldn't guess that this is the sequel to a Wes Craven movie.
  • Car Cushion: Swamp Thing throws Leech Man into a car.
  • Chainsaw Good: Gunn wields a chainsaw during his last attempt at Swamp Thing's life.
  • Chairman of the Brawl: Swamp Thing throws a chair at Arcane when he sees that Abby is dead.
  • Cradling Your Kill: Arcane does this to Lana after he shoots her.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Every battle between Swamp Thing and Gunn.
  • Damsel in Distress: Abby.
  • Dark Action Girl: Miss Poinsettia, Gunn's assistant.
  • Dead Hat Shot: After Leech Man captures Morty offscreen, his hat is found floating in the swamp, signifying that he is dead.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: After being set on fire, the leech man runs to the bog and promptly explodes.
  • Doomed Expedition: The office workers' search for the moonshiners in the opening.
  • The Dragon: Gunn for Arcane.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Used gratuitously when the camera is panning over Arcane's mansion.
  • Explosive Overclocking: Dr. Rochelle's death in the incinerator causes a chain reaction which makes Arcane's mansion to blow up.
  • Eyepatch of Power: One of the mooks wears an eyepatch.
  • Flatline: Abby flatlines when her energy is drained from her.
  • For the Evulz: The two moonshiners enjoy stealing cars, running over animals, rape etc.
  • Groin Attack: When Gunn is trying to come on to her, Abby gives him a swift knee to the groin which is then followed by a beaker.
  • Tested On Humans: Dr. Rochelle's method of conducting experiments.
  • There Is a God!: Exclaimed by the moonshiner Gurdell, when he and his buddy hear Abby's voice, just after talking about how neither of them has seen a woman (or a sheep) in months.
    Who says there ain't God?
  • Third Time's The Charm: It takes three times before Swamp Thing gets rid of Gunn for good.
  • Those Two Guys: Omar and Darryll, the two bumbling Plucky Comic Relief kids.
  • Two-Faced: Two of the caged mutants in Dr. Rochelle's laboratory. Other has a reptilian right half and other has an entire elephant face covering his left half.
  • Use Your Head: Abby uses a headbutt against Gunn.
  • Waif-Fu: 10 years of karate study in Okinawa has nothing against a two day vacation in east LA!
  • Weaponized Car: Gunn tries to take Swamp Thing out with an armed jeep.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Poinsettia disappears from the movie after her Scar Survey with Gunn.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Arcane only sees his stepdaughter as a mean to gain immortality.
  • Window Pain: Plenty of car windows shatter as Swamp Thing and Leech Man duke it out.
  • You're Insane!: Abby says this to Anton in the halfway point and near the end. In the latter instance he notes that he has never felt saner.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Abby arrives in such outfit to Arcane's mansion.


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