|Directed by||David Winning|
|Release Date(s)||April 17, 2008|
- Deep in the bogs a creature is lurking
- Evil lies beneath the surface
—Tagline from DVD
Swamp Devil is a 2008 Canadian horror film directed by David Winning, and stars Bruce Dern, Cindy Sampson and Nicolas Wright. It is the 13th film of the Maneater Series.
Melanie Blame returns to their hometown Gibbington because her father, a former sheriff, is wanted for multiple murders. Jimmy Fuller wants to help find her father, and it looks as if something incredibly sinister is responsible for the corpses in Gibbington.
- Bruce Dern as Howard Blame
- Cindy Sampson as Melanie Blame
- Nicolas Wright as Jimmy Fuller
- Robert Higden as Jones
- Allison Graham as Deputy Jolene Harris
- James Kidnie as Sheriff Nelson Bois
- Bronwen Mantel as Shelly
- Kwasi Songui as Bigg
- Mari-Pier Gaudet as Lisa Jones
- Jenna Wheeler-Hughes as Young Dream Girl
- Marc V. Denis as Young Howard
The film was completely shot in Montréal, Québec and actor Bruce Dern broke his leg on camera running in the woods, one week into the three-week shoot. He finished the film on crutches and using various photo doubles and camera tricks.
It premiered on April 17, 2008 as part of the Houston Film Festival and was released on DVD by Genius Entertainment on April 7, 2009 with no special features.
Justin Felix, of DVD Talk, said that if you like your horror cheap and dumb - and don't have access to the Sci-Fi Channel - then this is worth a rental. Michael Simpson, of CinemaSpy, said that the film is a cheesy, predictable but entertaining chiller that isn't likely to scare the pants off anyone in their teens or older and that Winning's direction created enough suspense that such cliches were unnecessary. A Fangoria review says that the film pulls no punches about what it is—a throwaway monster flick that borrows heavily from SWAMP THING and the vine-attack sequence from EVIL DEAD II.