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When hotelowner Frenchie (Roger Ready) realizes one of his guests, West
(Bill Thurman) is looking for oil in the region, he and his lover Brenda
(Shirley McLine) figure it would be a great idea to rip him off - but
unfortunately their accomplice Richie (Cal Duggan) is a bit clumsy and
kills West ... which is a problem inasmuch as West is supposed to meet a
geologist, Rogers (John Agar) the next day.
So Brenda decides to pose as West's wife and go and explore the nearby
swamp together with Rogers. Out in the swamps, Brenda and Rogers stumble
upon a scientist, Trent (Jeff Alexander), who secretly works on an
experiment to turn humans back into fish-creatures and make
them his slaves (ah yeah). For some reason, Trent invites Rogers and Brenda to stay
at his place, and eventually, he drags Brenda off to his laboratory and
makes her his fish-(or rather swamp-)creature.
Meanwhile though the natives, who are all members of a snake cult, have
decided to revolt against Trent because he has used their borthers,
sisters, parents, relatives, neighbours for his mad experiments quite a
few times too often. Ultimately they have become an angry mob heading for
Trent's abode, but he tries to threaten them with his swamp creature - but
Trent's wife Pat (Francine York), who has been suppressed by her hubby for
way too long, can make the creature realize that she once was Brenda and
her so-called master was actually the man who turned her into a monster in
the first place.
Ultimately the creature turns against its creator while Rogers and Pat
make a safe getaway and emerge as lovers ...
Now this is what I call a really bad film on all accounts:
The direction is unimaginative to the point of being totally bland, and
at times the film looks like the work of amateurs, and not even especially
gifted ones. The actors are uniformly wooden and the fact that their
characters are uniformly one-dimensional does not help one bit either. The
special effects, especially the creature, are ridiculous at best. The
musical score only rarely matches the mood of the film, if ever.
... and then there's the setting of this film: Obviously the film is
supposed to take place in the swamps (hence the title and many references
in the dialogue), yet there is no swamp to be seen. Instead, outside shots
seem to have been taken around a few ordinary single family houses near
some lake. And then what about the natives ? They are all played by black
actors, yet no indication is made that the story takes place in or even
near Africa. And of course, the natives all also seem to live in
ordinary single family houses - I don't really get it.
I admit, if you like bad movies and have a few (as in more than one)
beers with it, you might find even this one sort of funny ... but it's far
from the fun you might be having watching a good bad movie à la Ed
Wood and the like ...