24 user 31 critic

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.


Jackie Kong


Jackie Kong

Watch Now

With Prime Video



Learn more

More Like This 

Mausoleum (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Traumatized by her mother's death, young Susan is becoming possessed by the same demon that possessed her mother before she died. More and more her husband and psychiatrist are noticing the... See full summary »

Director: Michael Dugan
Stars: Marjoe Gortner, Bobbie Bresee, Norman Burton
Nightbeast (1982)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

A creature from outer space crash lands in a small town and starts killing people.

Director: Don Dohler
Stars: Tom Griffith, Jamie Zemarel, Karin Kardian
Final Exam (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A psycho killer shows up on college campus to slash up pretty co-eds and dumb jocks.

Director: Jimmy Huston
Stars: Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice, Ralph Brown
The Galaxy Invader (Video 1985)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

An alien is hunted by a gang of drunken hillbillies who saw him crash-land his spaceship.

Director: Don Dohler
Stars: Richard Ruxton, Faye Tilles, George Stover
Humongous (1982)
Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

The monstrous offspring of a violent crime grows up in seclusion on a remote island, where a boat-full of hapless teens have shipwrecked, unaware of what's lurking in the woods.

Director: Paul Lynch
Stars: Janet Julian, David Wysocki, John Wildman
The Unnamable (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

High school students check out a haunted house where in the 1800's an ugly monster called "the Unnamable" was trapped in a vault.

Director: Jean-Paul Ouellette
Stars: Charles Klausmeyer, Mark Kinsey Stephenson, Alexandra Durrell
Bad Moon (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

One man's struggle to contain the curse he hides within... and his last-ditch attempt to free himself with the love of family. But when it looks as if he is losing his battle, and ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Red
Stars: Mariel Hemingway, Michael Paré, Mason Gamble
Aenigma (1987)
Horror | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

The spirit of a comatose teenage girl possesses the body of a newcomer to her girls boarding school to enact bloody revenge against the elitist, lingerie-clad coeds responsible for her condition.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Jared Martin, Lara Lamberti, Ulli Reinthaler
Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Science fiction suspense thriller, in which a rescue space ship crew meets up with horrors projected by their own imaginations.

Director: Bruce D. Clark
Stars: Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Ray Walston
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Scientific experiments backfire and produce horrific mutations: half man, half fish, which terrorize a small fishing village by killing the men and raping the women.

Directors: Barbara Peeters, Jimmy T. Murakami
Stars: Doug McClure, Ann Turkel, Vic Morrow
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A prehistoric behemoth is unwittingly awaken from hibernation due to a U.S-Japanese military experiment on it's watery lair for economic means, where it proceeds in attacking Japan.

Directors: Jerry A. Baerwitz, Ishirô Honda
Stars: Myron Healey, Tsuruko Kobayashi, Clifford Kawada
Demon Wind (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

With the need to investigate the mysterious death of his grandparents, Cory and his friends assemble back to the old farm where it all began, sixty years earlier.

Director: Charles Philip Moore
Stars: Eric Larson, Francine Lapensée, Rufus Norris


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 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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The ultimate terror has taken form


Horror | Sci-Fi


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »






Release Date:

18 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beauty and the Beast See more »

Filming Locations:

Boise, Idaho, USA See more »


Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bill Osco Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


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 »


When they jump out of the truck they pan back to the moving vehicle and there can clearly be seen someones arms driving it. See more »


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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Right before the end credits begin, the fates of the main characters is read on screen:

Virginia Lane: Was never found.

Garson Jones: Was donated to medical science by Mayor Lane.

Mayor Lane: Went on to become the first potato farmer in The White House.

Laurie: Is now waitressing in Akron, Ohio.

Marge Smith: Was last seen looking for Michael in Modesto, California.

Detective Mortimer Lutz: Moved to Hollywood and became a stunt man. See more »


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: I Am Here... Now (2018) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An Average Horror Movie Worth A Watch
10 July 2017 | by Stephen AbellSee all my reviews

This isn't a magnificent movie, though it isn't a bad one either. This is pretty much as average as they come. A year before Toxi the Toxic Avenger graced out screens there was The Being.

This is a story about a boy who falls foul to a greedy Mayor who sells his soul to a corporation so they can dump pollution in his township. Once the boy is mutated, his damaged brain send him on a killing spree. As always, with the plethora of horror films, this could have been better, especially the story which is only there to create The Being.

What this film has in its favour is it's cast, though not the cream of the crop there are some very good masters of their craft involved. Both Martin Landau and Jose Ferrer in their respective roles of Dr Garson Jones and Mayor Gordon Lane, who is nice and sleazy. In fact, most of the cast give good performances with the material they have, even Roxanne Cybelle Osco, who is the little girl in the Easter Egg Hunt scene (one of my favourites in the film). The only person who seems miscast is Bill Osco as Detective Mortimer Lutz, his style is that of a Chippendale chair... Oh, and there's even a naked Traci Lord painting her toenails before being attacked by a rubber monster (sorry I couldn't resist - though it is true).

So why didn't this get a higher rating? For me, it's the directing. Though Jackie Kong's story isn't too bad for an '80's horror film his directing skills aren't up to the same standard. That said there are some good scenes. As I stated I liked the Easter Egg Hunt; I liked the opening sequence where you hear a radio broadcast informing the town that the storm has passed, this creates a nice atmosphere... which is then spoiled by a narration. The narration isn't required as everything is explained throughout the movie. I don't know if this was requested to be added later, it feels that way, or if it was the original plan, but what I do know is that it kills the atmosphere and spoils the feel of the film. This may even get a few people turning off. Kong is also good at filming in the dark as he opts to make everything visible (there's nothing worse than when a scene is so dark you cannot see what's happening). He can even build up the tension as the scene in the dinner shows, nice and creepy. If he could have kept this up for the entirety of the film it would have been so much better.

Then there are the effects. The ripping out of a heart is well done as is the oozing pollution which comes through the car's vents and radio. However, the monster itself is laughable and it's a good thing that you don't see it fully until the finale. It resembles a box of goo on a skateboard and the one eye it has doesn't look at all realistic; I was waiting for the glue to go off and the table tennis ball to fall off.

If you like, leave your brain at the door '80's horror and you've not seen this one yet then give it a gander as it's at least worth one viewing. It should be said that it would be better viewed in the dark with a nice cold drink... or two... or three... while the rain outside is spattering your window.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed