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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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

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

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 »

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

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The Being is one of the worst 80's horror films.
10 August 2011 | by veganlukeSee all my reviews

The only reason I checked out this film and bought it on VHS is because I saw a poster for it in The Monster Squad. I thought that it was going to be really good, but no was I highly wrong. One of the worst 80's horrors I have ever seen. You don't see the monster enough, and when you do all your pretty much see is it's mouth or arms. The acting was very weak, the people didn't even seem like they were trying. Some of the gore was alright in this, but this was just a big let-down of a monster horror film. I found myself getting very bored when the same monster attack kept happening over and over again, and the victim always had the same reaction. There's some strange dream sequence at one point, that was so pointless and stupid and really didn't need to be in the film. A very bad disappointing 80's horror, that I really thought was going to be good. If you're ever thinking about watching this film don't bother!


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