Monsters stalking hot girls have been on the movie menu since silent films, and with the rise of the R-rating in the 1970s, horror fans got to see a fair amount of sexy skin as an added tease.

Creature” gets the naughty party started in the first scene with a naked girl swimming in the swamp--by herself. Within two minutes, the body count begins.

After this first kill, we meet six good-looking travelers on the road to New Orleans. There’s a pair of military vets and their girlfriends, plus a brother and sister team.

They stop at an old gas station owned by Choppers (Sid Haig) and his creepy backwoods helpers. The legend of “Grimley,” a swamp monster, inspires the carefree couples to seek out a spooky shack in the swamp. They obviously spend the night outdoors smoking pot, drinking beer and making out-all of the things that get characters killed in horror films.

Although “Creature” delivers on the usual horror movie tropes, it never quite gets the monster side of the equation right. Instead of a terrifying Swamp Thing filled with anger and moss, the audience gets a guy in a rubber suit that seems as frightening as a bad Halloween costume from the local shopping mall.

“Creature” is the first directing effort by Fred Andrews III, who has worked as a production designer in the high budget TV series “CSI: Miami.” However, the Z-grade budget of “Creature” limits what Andrews could visually produce. With that said, there is no excuse for the script by the director and his co-writer Tracy Morse. This story has practically no surprises, poor dialogue and a plot that makes less sense as it goes on.

An in-breeding swamp village that worships a “half-man gator god’ is just one example of a script that seems lazy and senseless, even by bottom-feeding horror movie standards. The film tries to build on the good looks of semi-known TV actors and glimpses of nudity, but without decent effects or an adequate story to back up the scare factor, nothing can save “Creature” from its own slow death.