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The Being (1983)

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Toxic waste dumping in a small Idaho town turns a young boy into horrible mutant monster. The town's police chief and a government scientist team up to stop the monster, which is quickly ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Garson Jones
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Laurie
Bill Osco ...
Mortimer Lutz (as Rexx Coltrane)
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Mayor Gordon Lane (as Jose Ferrer)
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Marge Smith
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Virginia Lane
Murray Langston ...
Arn
Kinky Friedman ...
Willis
Johnny Dark ...
John
Kent Perkins ...
Officer Dudley
Ellen Blake ...
Jenny
Roxanne Cybelle ...
Suzie (as Roxanne Cybelle Osco)
Jerry Maren ...
Monster (as Jerry Marin)
Eric Helland ...
Doper #1
Bill Rawlinson ...
Doper #2
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Toxic waste dumping in a small Idaho town turns a young boy into horrible mutant monster. The town's police chief and a government scientist team up to stop the monster, which is quickly killing off the town's citizenry. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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The ultimate terror has taken form

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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18 November 1983 (USA)  »

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This film was made in 1980 as "Easter Sunday," but sat on the shelf for three years and finally received a brief theatrical release as "The Being." See more »

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In the first scene where the creature is chasing the boy it starts off in broad daylight, but when he reaches the junkyard and steals a car it is night time. See more »

Quotes

Laurie: But if this thing is actually killing people, then why is the mayor trying to keep it quiet?
Detective Mortimer Lutz: Potatoes
Laurie: Potatoes?
Detective Mortimer Lutz: Around here that means big money.
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Referenced in The Monster Squad (1987) See more »

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Not THAT terrible.

I actually enjoyed "The Being" for the most part. Obviously it's awful but isn't that the point? The basic plot is a small town in Idaho is victimized by a big, blubbering, wet and greasy, reddish-pink blob with one eye. He kills people at random and a determined detective is going to get to the bottom of it. Martin Landau plays a 'scientist' who is heading up a toxic waste dump research project who tries at first to stand in the detective's way, but then conceded that 'yes in fact, there is a problem in Pottsville...' Along the way we meet some awful actors and actresses and we are treated to many cheeseball performances and some lame killings. We get a nice view of the monster in the end and it actually is a little creepy. One thing we can say about this flick is that it is never really boring, no; it moves along pretty quickly with a decent amount of action.

All in all, I've seen worse, but I've definitely seen better within the genre. The genre of whence I speak being 80's drive-in trash, I mean what do you want?

5 out of 10, kids.


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