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Jackie Kong (written by)
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Release Date:
18 November 1983 (USA) See more »
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The ultimate terror has taken form
Plot:
Toxic waste dumping in a small Idaho town turns a young boy into horrible mutant monster. The town's... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Not THAT terrible. See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Martin Landau ... Garson Jones

Marianne Gordon ... Laurie
Bill Osco ... Mortimer Lutz (as Rexx Coltrane)

José Ferrer ... Mayor Gordon Lane (as Jose Ferrer)

Dorothy Malone ... Marge Smith

Ruth Buzzi ... 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
Richard Marcus ... Joe The Lab Assistant
Nancy Osco ... Woman Motorist
Jay Sherlock ... Golf Buddy
James Simmerman ... Golf Buddy
John Elliott ... Golf Buddy
Tracy Barry ... Newswoman
Patrick Cunningham ... Drive-In Cashier
Brian Swain ... Drive-In Manager
Jefferson Jewell ... Prankster
Mary Hold ... Prankster
Cory Germann ... Prankster
Roger Smith ... Tow Truck Driver
Brad Ginther ... Running Boy
Roland Onffrey ... Farmer On Tractor
Larry Babcock ... Policeman At Station
Chief Sherwin ... Policeman At Station
Dave Clark ... Customer In Diner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vern Stierman ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jackie Kong 
 
Writing credits
Jackie Kong (written by)

Produced by
Bill Osco .... producer (as William Osco)
Kent Perkins .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Don Preston 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Ebinger (director of photography)
 
Art Direction by
Aleka Corwin 
 
Costume Design by
Sarah Bardo 
 
Makeup Department
Mark Bussan .... makeup artist
Alistair Mitchell .... hair stylist
Alistair Mitchell .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Marie Consiglio .... production manager
Robert H. Leighton .... post-production supervisor
Susan Shippey .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John S. Curran .... assistant director
Jan Gunderson .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Andy Nelson .... property master
John Wright .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas B. Arnold .... boom operator (as Doug Arnold)
Joseph Geisinger .... boom operator (as Joe Geisinger)
Ron Judkins .... sound mixer
Dessie Markovsky .... sound effects (as Dessislava Markovsky)
Lars Nelson .... electronic effects
Emile Razpopov .... sound effects (as Emile Razpovpov)
 
Special Effects by
Mark Bussan .... makeup special effects
Marsha Dripschick .... special effects consultant
John Eggett .... special effects
Thom Shouse .... makeup special effects (as Tom Shouse)
 
Stunts
Greg Brickman .... stunts
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hanania Baer .... additional photography
Ben Batzdorff .... best boy
Alan C. Blomquist .... key grip (as Alan Blomquist)
Michael Bolner .... best boy
Paul Elliot .... assistant camera
Steven Finestone .... second assistant camera
Arthur Holtz .... gaffer
Adam Jones .... grip
Arrow Logan .... electrician
Mike Moad .... grip
Nancy Osco .... still photographer
David Seal .... electrician
Mark M. Pompian .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarah Bardo .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
David Newhouse .... editorial supervisor
Kim Secrist .... assistant editor (as K. Kim Secrist)
 
Music Department
Don Preston .... music realized by
 
Transportation Department
Buck De Motte .... transportation captain
Randy Washburne .... driver
Bill Weaver .... driver
 
Other crew
Burton Arns .... assistant producer
Ann Bang .... executive production secretary (as Ann W. Bang)
Chet Carpenter .... production assistant
Patrick Cunningham .... supervising production assistant
Patricia Gordon .... script supervisor
Harold Granzella .... production assistant
Paula Kolodich .... production assistant
Gueneth Omeron .... production secretary
Betty Osco .... assistant to producer
Van T. Pender .... assistant producer
Kathy Rundquist .... production secretary
Crystal Shaw .... production assistant
Rene St. Lanne .... assistant producer
Carl Stopeck .... special assistance
Jane Weaver .... production assistant
 

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82 min
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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:
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Monster Squad (1987)See more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Not THAT terrible., 12 December 2008

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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