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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 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


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 See more »


Horror | Sci-Fi


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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 »


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 »


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

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 »


References The Silent Scream (1979) See more »

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Being like C.H.U.D.: Secret of the Ooze
12 April 2020 | by thesar-2See all my reviews

Happy Easter, you One-Eyed Willy Monster.

As a bona fide horror fan, especially from the 80s, I'm shocked I missed this one. I've known about it my whole life, but never got to it. And wow, I'm pretty shocked how much they put into this.

The biggest positives stem from how many times they showed the penis creature, or at least, parts of the penis creature. Like right from the beginning, every couple of minutes until the great penis monster's climax.

Now, the acting, editing at times, continuity and people's unnatural reaction to green ooze all over the town or the monster's appearances are all bad, but I was actually entertained through to the end...even when I couldn't really comprehend how many penis monsters there were, if there were more than one or their powers.

I will have to also point out that I suspect the studio invited morons to its test screenings. In the beginning, there were a lot of odd narration (over a radio DJ - hard to hear both!) and voice overs to explain the thoughts of our husky lead detective. I bet they added these in post because, I assume, the test audience had less-than-desirable I.Q.s.

Some of the subplots I found amusing: Mayor Spuds Mackenzie and his extremely limited Jaws ripoff scenes and the townsfolk's objection to smut coming into their very Southern-acting town in Idaho. Specifically, they're scared of a massage parlor opening as they might be massaging something else...

(Insert penis monster reference here.)

It's not perfect, but I would've enjoyed the heck out of this as a kid for how many times we saw the monster in a creature feature. If you're like me with cheesy 80's monster movies, watch this.


Final Thoughts: It was a major coincidence I decided to watch this on Easter-Eve and I didn't even know it was a holiday film. Huh, they should really market this as such. I can't think of another Rated-R Easter Horror movie, other than The Passion of the Christ.

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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)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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