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The Being (1983)

A police chief and a government scientist team up to save their rural town from a boy mutated by hazardous pollution.

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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
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Arn
Kinky Friedman ...
Willis
Johnny Dark ...
John
Kent Perkins ...
Officer Dudley
Ellen Blake ...
Jenny
Roxanne Osco ...
Suzie (as Roxanne Cybelle Osco)
Jerry Maren ...
Monster (as Jerry Marin)
Eric Helland ...
Doper #1
Bill Rawlinson ...
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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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Beauty and the Beast  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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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References The Silent Scream (1979) See more »

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Average mindless creature feature
17 July 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this one with no expectations, having read all the fairly harsh IMDb reviews. I liked the creature in it, I thought it was kinda cool even if it did seem like a rip off of bigger budget ones. I'm a sucker for pre cgi creature features really, gimme a rubbery toxic mutant and most of the time I'm happier than a pig in muck. The "Being", was good and its way of getting around and avoiding being seen was pretty cool too, even though it was used as well as it could have been. For me, the under-use of the fairly good ideas was the main problem. If the movie had spent more time with the creature, or had more gore and a higher body count it would have been pretty nifty. As it is, I'm having trouble remembering enough about it to write this review. I liked the ending, thought it was pretty exciting, dug the generic plot (gotta love generic creature feature plotting), and appreciated the little bits of gore it tossed my way (though I wanted more). I also remember an oddly old fashioned, unintentionally humorous feel in places, and a nice cheesy junkyard set opening. I can't comment about the acting cause it didn't make much of an impression, I'm guessing it was about standard for this kinda film, ie reasonable to bad. All in all, this definitely wasn't a stinker, neither was it particularly memorable. I'd recommended it to creature feature completists but those are about the only people likely to appreciate it.


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