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The Being (1983)

A mutated creature is wreaking havoc in a small town in Idaho. A police chief and a government scientist team up to save their rural town from its menace.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Landau ... Garson Jones
Marianne Gordon ... Laurie
Bill Osco 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 Kinky Friedman ... Willis
Johnny Dark Johnny Dark ... John
Kent Perkins ... Officer Dudley
Ellen Blake Ellen Blake ... Jenny
Roxanne Osco Roxanne Osco ... Suzie (as Roxanne Cybelle Osco)
Jerry Maren ... Monster (as Jerry Marin)
Eric Helland Eric Helland ... Doper #1
Bill Rawlinson Bill Rawlinson ... Doper #2
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The ultimate terror has taken form

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beauty and the Beast See more »

Filming Locations:

Boise, Idaho, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Bill Osco Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Had it's Red Carpet premier at the El Con mall theater in Tucson Az in 1980 under the title Beauty and the Beast. Most of the stars, including Ruth Buzzy, Martin Landau, and Marianne Gordon were in attendance. 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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Crazy Credits

Bill Osco is credited as Rexx Coltrane twice in the movie, and as Johnny Commander once. See more »

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Nuclear monster killing
1 October 2017 | by hellholehorrorSee all my reviews

Not a good transfer, either that or the source material was really bad. It just looked soft the whole time. The cinematography is messy and has nothing interesting about it. It looks really flat and dated. The visual effects are rubbery! The sound is poor, technically it is really bad. The dubbing is awful, the sound effects bland and the clarity murky. The music is dated and lacks the subtlety that we expect today. The story is non-existent! It's a nuclear monster killing people. It reminded me of fifties monster movies but it was in colour and had a small amount of violence. A cheesy old-fashioned monster movie that has camp value and little else.


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