The Being

Overview

Director Jackie Kong, who later made the cult favorite Blood Diner 1987, directed this terrible monster movie for exploitation pioneer Bill Osco, who stars under the pseudonym "Rexx Coltrane." The plot concerns a mutant child who has become a monster after being exposed to toxic waste in a small Idaho town. Mortimer Osco wants to investigate a series of disappearances, only to have his efforts stymied by the town's mayor José Ferrer, who is worried about the potential economic impact on the local potato industry....
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Overview

Director Jackie Kong, who later made the cult favorite Blood Diner 1987, directed this terrible monster movie for exploitation pioneer Bill Osco, who stars under the pseudonym "Rexx Coltrane." The plot concerns a mutant child who has become a monster after being exposed to toxic waste in a small Idaho town. Mortimer Osco wants to investigate a series of disappearances, only to have his efforts stymied by the town's mayor José Ferrer, who is worried about the potential economic impact on the local potato industry. This abysmal horror film was made in 1980 and shelved for three years despite a cast which includes Oscar winners Ferrer and Dorothy Malone, Martin Landau, and Kinky Friedman. Other featured performers are Ruth Buzzi, Murray Langston "The Unknown Comic", and Kenny Rogers' wife at the time, Marianne Gordon.
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Special Features

Anamorphic widescreen presentation (1.78.1); Promotional trailer; Production stills; Spanish language dub; Shriek show trailers
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
There were plenty of memorable rip-offs of Alien, but The Being is surely one of the most eccentric. It is further notable for being a total mess: the film lacks focus, has monster effects that are often downright goofy, and it is packed with subplots that never resolve themselves in a satisfying way. The Being also suffers from clumsy, ham-fisted pacing by director Jackie Kong and a leaden, noncharismatic lead performance by Rexx Coltrane (actually producer Bill Osco hiding behind a pseudonym). Thus, The Being can't really be recommended to the average viewer, but it has a few elements that are worthy of note for cinematic trash-fiends. The first is its surprisingly celeb-packed supporting cast: Martin Landau and Ruth Buzzi turn in agreeably hammy performances as obnoxious city pillars and José Ferrer is a real scene-stealer with his deadpan turn as the town's alcoholic mayor. It also boasts some deliberate flourishes of odd humor here and there, like the bizarrely trashy monster-movie footage shown during a drive-in sequence or a perplexing black-and-white nightmare that the hero has. These elements don't add up to consistently memorable or engaging schlock-movie experience, but The Being is memorable in its own brain-damaged sort of way. Ultimately, The Being is likely to baffle most viewers but B-movie fans might enjoy its oddball qualities.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • UPC: 631595051490
  • Original Release: 1983
  • Rating:

  • Source: Shriek Show
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 80,087

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Landau Garson Jones
José Ferrer Mayor
Dorothy Malone Marge Smith
Ruth Buzzi Virginia Lane
Rexx Coltrane Mortimer Lutz
Kent Perkins Officer Dudley Ford
Ellen Blake Jenny
Dave Clark Customer In Diner
Johnny Dark John
Kinky Friedman Willis
Marianne Gordon Laurie
Murray Langston Arn
Richard Marcus Joe The Lab Assistant
Jerry Marin Monster
Bill Osco , Rexx Coltrane
Roger Smith Tow Truck Driver
Technical Credits
Jackie Kong Director, Screenwriter
Hanania Baer Cinematographer
Alexia Corwin Art Director
Robert Ebinger Cinematographer
David Newhouse Editor
Bill Osco Producer
Kent Perkins Associate Producer
Don Preston Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Being
1. Chapter 1 [5:36]
2. Chapter 2 [7:28]
3. Chapter 3 [6:54]
4. Chapter 4 [7:21]
5. Chapter 5 [5:46]
6. Chapter 6 [8:30]
7. Chapter 7 [10:18]
8. Chapter 8 [:00]
9. Chapter 9 [5:42]
10. Chapter 10 [5:34]
11. Chapter 11 [4:48]
12. Chapter 12 [9:32]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Being
   Play
   Scenes
   Extras
      Promotional Trailer
      Shriek Show Trailers
         Anthropophagus
         Just Before Dawn
         Love Bites
         Devil Dog
      Production Stills
   Setup
      English Language
      Spanish Language
      Play Movie
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