Curse of the Swamp Creature

October 17, 2011 at 12:41 am (3 Heads, Curse of the Swamp Creature) (, , , , , , )

Curse of the Swamp Creature – 1966 – United States

Schlock director Larry Buchanan made Curse of the Swamp Creature and Zontar: The Thing from Venus in the same year. Both star John Agar, stony-faced veteran of numerous sci-fi, western, and war flicks. American International Pictures is known for entertainingly dumb teenybopper trash (I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Beach Party) and Roger Corman classics (It Conquered the World, House of Usher). However, AIP’s television division churned out notorious garbage of which Curse of the Swamp Creature and Zontar are prime examples.

A dorky scientist practices “evolutionary” experiments to make a humanoid crocodile. An oilman stumbles upon the scientist’s Texas swamp laboratory and rescues the mad doctor’s cute naive wife from certain doom. Thrown into the mix are Creole Voodoo-men and some crooks.

Evidenced by my brief summary, there’s little to say about Curse of the Swamp Creature. The threadbare premise recalls Voodoo Woman (1957) and The Alligator People (1959) and its boneheaded plot could be easily distilled to 25 minutes. The repetitive script is confined to a few weary sets in which the unlikable characters blunder cluelessly. The titular monster is birthed just in time to hurry up and be devoured by crocodiles. Damn shame since the pathetic beastie is the only interesting part, combining pop-eyed extraterrestrial, vampire, and Gillman to laughable result. Bonus: He eats a live turtle.

Skip this boring turkey. Curse of the Swamp Creature is lousy even for a director whose autobiography is titled It Came From Hunger: Tales of a Cinema Schlockmeister.

Rating: 3/10 Shrunken Heads. Notice Frenchie’s “JAZZIN” license plate. I can only wonder if it actually belongs to Larry Buchanan.


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